Product Review: I received the book Better Than Before for free from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review.
Whew! August was a whirlwind month for me. I swear no matter what stage of life you’re in, August passes the quickest of all months. This month was especially stressful because of work and life and many other things.
Amidst all that, I still managed to get two books in! I’ll admit that I had a few books I wanted to read this month, but I totally ignored them until the last week of the month and then hurried and read them so that I would have a post for you today. No shame. They were some really good reads and I really hope you’ll actually read one or both after you read my reviews! So without further ado, check out the books I read in August.
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
I don’t know if I can accurately convey my deep love for this book. As you know, I love reading books written by comedians and Aziz is definitely no exception. He is kind of my role model because although some of his acts may be crass (is that a word people still use?), he’s a super smart guy and he uses humor to talk about difficult and important issues, like the treatment of animals and, surprise, modern romance. Plus, I feel like Aziz and I would totally be good friends because (spoiler alert) his girlfriend is a chef!!
On to his book: I actually got the audio book of this because I knew there was no way I was going to read two books in a week, and also, I needed Aziz to read me this book and it was everything I ever hoped it could be. It was the perfect mix of hilariousness and jam packed with amazing research that Aziz did over the course of a couple years (along with the help of a sociologist). As someone who met my husband online, it was so interesting for me to hear how technology has shaping dating and relationships and stop to think about the part it played – and still plays – in my own marriage. This book had me laughing so hard I cried, learning new things about love and romance, thinking about deep topics, and even getting a little teary eyed at the end. If you don’t know what book to read next, this is it.
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
As an avid podcast listener, I was listening to one of my favorites, The Lively Show, when she was interviewing Gretchen Rubin. If you don’t know who she is, she’s also the author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home (neither of which I’ve read… yet). As soon as I heard the interview, I knew I had to read the book, so I was stoked when I saw I could request it from Blogging for Books.
Basically, this book is a treasure trove of advice for starting and maintaining better habits. It’s built on Gretchen’s research about the four habit-forming personality types: Upholders, who can keep external and internal obligations; Questioners, who have to have a valid reason to do something; Obligers, who can keep external obligations but struggle keeping internal ones; and Rebels, who basically won’t do anything they don’t want to do. I spent the whole book trying to figure out which one I was, and I think in most situations I’m an Upholder. That’s also what the quiz on her website told me, so there you go.
For me, I think it was especially awesome to read this book because Gretchen is also an Upholder – although I think she’s a
little lot more extreme than I am. It was cool to see what has worked for her with forming habits and what hasn’t, and I’m excited to try those strategies for myself. At the same time, though, I will admit that I was a little bored with the author. She seems like kind of a stickler and a boring person to me. I mean, she doesn’t even enjoy food that much! It was a little hard to relate to her in that way, but overall, this book has tons of awesome information for changing your life for the better, so if you’re about that, you should read it!
What books have you been reading this month?