Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life :: I started following Glennon on Facebook for her humor, but ended up sticking around for her kindness. She has a great heart for others--including herself. The world needs more grace and I am glad she puts "words on paper" to do just that.
How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens :: I listened to this on audio once the Christmas music season was done and I had a huge void in my world. And I've got to say, for the psychology-majoring, education-immersive person that I am, this book was GREAT. I'd call it a "must read" for anyone who loves to teach or loves to learn. The book was filled with little tidbits of wisdom and -- isn't this meta -- I learned a lot from it's discussion on learning.
Food: A Love Story :: Jim Gaffigan has long been one of my favorite comedians. Maybe it's because his humor is so "white guy from the midwest," who knows. So I've heard all his schticks a number of times and yet--I still laughed out loud throughout his book. The best chapter, hands down, was "Seabugland," where he wrote about eating bugs from the sea. Tears, people. I laughed tears. (And by that I mean, I cried tears while laughing. No actual tears came out my mouth. Though that would've been something.)
Me, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being :: Personality Science is my kind of science, you see. I'm always mulling and conversing on this topic, and this book gave me more fodder to work with. A related book I made my way clear through, thank you jury duty, was The Art of SpeedReading People: How to Size People Up and Speak Their Language. If you've always wanted to get a handle on the Myers-Briggs, this author explains it thoroughly and clearly, and not in an over-your-head kind of way (which is often typical of personality type books).
Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement :: Firstly. The title of this book is fantastic. Really, all I needed from this book was to have it sitting around my house giving me permission to make my kids work. The author has plenty of good suggestions for how to get this done, of course. Since I'm such a systems person, I rarely need to be told how to do something; however, I did need a kick in the pants to get a system started. You'd be surprised how much I do for my kids--yes, those same kids who are home with me all. day. long. But for months now, my Inner Zelda has been working herself up to a frenzy, and this book was the impetus for making a plan. I can happily say that my kids are now sharing in more of the work at home. Ahhhhhh...
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