It’s time to share the books I read in April. I finished five books this month. I’m now six books behind on my challenge for the year. (You can follow me on GoodReads if you don’t already.) Teddy Roosevelt’s autobiography, which I have been reading for months, is never-ending. I’m thinking of abandoning it. Do you abandon books when you get bored? I haven’t abandoned it yet because I’ve reached the half-way point and if I abandon it I won’t get to log it as a completed book! Pathetic, I know!
The Minimalist Budget – Simeon Lindstrom
I bought this book because it was on offer on the Kindle. I quite enjoyed it. It’s a short little book about how to apply minimalism to your budget and enjoy the finer things in life. I really recommend it for anyone struggling to manage their money (although as mentioned many times on here, the first thing you should read is Your Money or Your Life, as it’s a superb book).
The Simple Life – Rhonda Hetzel
This was on offer on the Kindle at the same time as the book above, and so I bought this too. It’s about one woman’s decision to become self-sufficient and set up her home to be sustainable. She’s based in Australia, and did it a couple of decades ago when self-sufficiency was still just a fringe movement (I like to think it’s a little more mainstream now). Definitely worth a read, and another short book.
Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
I have been reading this book for months, and whilst I’m glad I’ve finished it I do think it was a good psychology book. It’s all about the two ‘parts’ of our brain: the part that does things automatically without us being conscious of the decision-making, and the second slower part that is our conscious decision-making brain. For anyone who dabbles in psychology and neurology like I do, this is a must read. Brains are so fascinating!
May Martin’s Sewing Bible – May Martin
I will be reviewing this book in a separate blog post, however I think it’s an excellent sewing guide. I read it all in one sitting! There is so much useful information in it.
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – Robert Sapolsky
Ahhh, this book. Another one I have been reading for months, recommended to me by my therapist. I’m so glad she did, as it is superb. There is so much excellent research in this book, and I think it’s a book that everyone should read. The basic premise of the book is explaining how the stress function works in humans, how and when it goes wrong, and what we can do about it. However, stress is a hugely fascinating biological response, and its study yields far-reaching consequences into other fields of biology. The author discusses all of this and it’s brilliant. A must read for anyone interested in their bodies and/or science!
Have you read any interesting books this month?