Quarter 2 was off to a slow start reading-wise, focusing on the garden, running and other life activities, but in June I picked up speed and read three books before month end.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown // This book should have been at least 100 pages shorter; much of what he shared was repeated a number of times throughout the book. There were a couple of ah-ha moments that I connected with, like not doing it all. “What if we stopped celebrating being busy as a measurement of importance?” Taking it all on doesn’t mean you’re successful by any means and I’ve learned this over the past year. I’ve worked on slowing my schedule down by choosing what is truly important to me and saying no when I don’t want to commit or spread myself too thin. It’s been easier being on a budget and practicing saying no because of financial constraints, but I must add, now that I know what it’s like to slow down, being busy really wears me down and I crave a low-key lifestyle. Efficiency is greater than quantity in my book.
Raised Bed Revolution: Build It, Fill It, Plant It… Garden Anywhere! by Tara Nolan // This book, while inspiring from the photographs, was too general. I read it front to cover one evening while babysitting (don’t fret, the kiddos were sleeping), which inspired me to do more specific Google searches the following week. The MIgardener.com is an excellent resource, we’re obsessed with watching his YouTube channel.
The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall // My mom highly recommended this book so I pushed it to the top of my list. It was hilarious, I literally laughed out loud a couple of times. All of the characters are real – they draw you in fast whether you can relate to them or not. Super easy read – I was done within two days. Great beach read.
Wild by Cheryl Strayed // This book has been on my must-read list for a number of years because so many people ask me if I’ve read it when they find out I’m a hiker. I can finally say yes. And I can finally respond, eh, it was okay. It was a slow read, taking me almost two weeks to finish. I suggest taking a hike instead of reading this book. I’m hoping the film is better, ha!
Up: A mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure by Patricia Ellis Herr // I started and finished this book within 24 hours: super easy read, super pretentious writer. Don’t get me wrong, a 5 year old hiking all 48 peaks is impressive but man oh man, this mother spends half of the book trying to convince us how exceptional they are – she gave up her Harvard PhD to be a stay at home mom, slinging *organic* bars to her bright, home schooled child. The dialog is so phony between the two of them, ugh, she just rubbed me the wrong way… and I’m ALL FOR kids being outdoors, eating organic and heck, I’d love to home school any future kid. It was just written in the completely wrong way.
I started Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams but to be honest, as interesting as it is, it put me to sleep! Ha! I noted the page I left off on (40) and returned it to the library; I’ll try again in a couple of months.