Given that I posted two lengthy blogs about my trip to British Columbia, I decided to focus my June update on the books I read (which also seems to be the thing most people ask me about). It wasn’t necessarily a boring or uneventful month, just that my trip to Vancouver was my primary focus – as it deserved to be. 🙂
Persepolis (Parts I & II) by Marjane Satrapi
This was my first experience reading a graphic novel – and I was easily hooked! The story was compelling and thought-provoking; powerful and profound. I read both part one and two in one sitting. I’m certainly gaining more appreciation for the strong female leaders and revolutionaries out there. A truly inspiring read!
Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine by Candace B. Pert
The title of this book is very misleading. What I thought would be an examination into the mind/body health connection turned out to be more of the author’s autobiographical journey towards an important medical discovery. While still interesting, I felt cheated in many ways. It wasn’t until the last chapter where the information that I thought this book was about was discussed more in depth. I felt the author set out more to prove herself as a successful female scientist in a sea of males (which is absolutely justified) rather than sharing the impact her research has had and still has on the general population.
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin S. Sharma
After deciding to challenge myself to read a handful of “enlightenment” books this summer, I chose this one as my first. My initial impression was its simplicity and repetitiveness – both similar traits to the many other books on this topic I have read before. However, a funny thing happened. More than once I was stopped by people who proceeded to tell me how much they enjoyed this book and voluntarily shared their recommendations for further readings by the author. As a result of these encounters I started to re-examine my opinion of this book and noticed my cynicism was directed at my own high expectations rather than appreciating the simplicity of the lessons being presented.
The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World by Wade Davis
I’ll be the first to admit that this book wasn’t what I had expected. I came to it from a reference in one of Martha Beck’s books – my interest lying with the concept of “wayfinder”. While this was an interesting comparison of ancient versus modern relationships with the land, it took me quite a long time to get into it as I found it a bit disjointed and lacking focus.
Fat is a Feminist Issue by Susie Orbach
This one rocked my socks. As another reviewer said: “This book will piss you off, then it will change your life.” I would say that’s exactly my experience. I lost count at the number of times I had to put the book down because I was either: 1) generally pissed off; or 2) immediately identified my own thoughts exactly as the author had explained them. No lie, this book has changed my life and I truly believe every woman whose ever been preoccupied with their weight should read it.
The Introvert’s Guide to Entrepreneurship by Nate Nicholson
I chose this with slight hesitation as I suspected it was just another “help you get rich quick” scheme aimed at introverts. As it turned out, this quick read was actually quite helpful. In the interest of pure honesty however I will state that I didn’t really learn anything new; but there are a number of helpful resources (online and print) highlighted at the end of the book – all of which I found to offer quality “next step” information.