In a continuing effort to read more in 2015 – and to step outside the popular fiction box – here are my choices for March! (You can read about February’s books here). *Disclaimer, I do realize trying to read 5 books in a month is an audacious goal for some of us. With Spring Break during March, I feel like I should have a bit more time to read during that week, but we shall see. How do I find time to read along with wrangle a toddler, teenager, husband, 8-5 job, this blog, crafting etc? That’s a post for another time but please reference last month’s book The Fringe Hours for some good advice 🙂
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. From the Amazon.com description:
“This #1 New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home from Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes readers step-by-step through her revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing.”
Listen up people, I am already aware of the life changing magic of a tidy space, but I need some scientific facts behind my rants to get the other members of the tribe on board. Can’t wait to dig into this one!
Still Alice by Lisa Genova. From the Amazon.com description:
“In Lisa Genova’s extraordinary New York Times bestselling novel, an accomplished professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease learns that her worth is comprised of more than her ability to remember.”
My husband has been doing a lot of research on neuroscience and I am fascinated with this relentless disease. I’m afraid I’ll cry during this one but hope to find some joy somewhere in the pages.
How many of you have seen the movie? Did you read the book first? Don’t spoil it for me!
Yes Please by Amy Poehler. From the Amazon.com description:
“In her first book, one of our most beloved funny folk delivers a smart, pointed, and ultimately inspirational read. Full of the comedic skill that makes us all love Amy, Yes Please is a rich and varied collection of stories, lists, poetry (Plastic Surgery Haiku, to be specific), photographs, mantras and advice.”
Amy Poehler. Enough said!
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain, a recommendation from my friend Shauna! She described it as a cross between The Secret Life of Bees and The Help. That seals the deal for me, can’t wait to dig into this one!
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. From the Amazon.com description:
“In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.”
I saw Brene Brown on a list of TED talks that you MUST see. Every review I’ve seen of it decries it “Incredible! Amazing!”, yet, I have not watched it. So along with reading this book, I will watch her gloriously touted TED talk. The truth is, it’s no secret we are all flawed in some manner. Personally, I chose the name of this blog to reflect this – Usually Charming- skewed from perfection, but lovable. It is so difficult for us to embrace our flaws and understand that THIS IS who we are supposed to be, battle wounds and all, but I’m hoping Brene can help guide us to a place of acceptance. Join me?
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