I’m one of those people that can’t just read one book at a time – I have to have multiple books going at the same time, I don’t know why. Sometimes it’s because I like to read on the train, and a big heavy book isn’t going to cut it, but mostly it’s because I have a short attention span. They all get finished eventually.
Here’s my current pile:
- Geek Girl Rising by Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens
- Big Dreams, Daily Joys by Elise Cripe
- Project 333 by Courtney Carver
- A Glorious Freedom by Lisa Congdon
- Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
- Beastie Boys Book by Mike D and Ad Rock
- The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees
A Glorious Freedom is a collection of profiles of women over 40 who are doing amazing things. (If that sounds interesting to you, definitely check out the podcast Girls of a Certain Age)
Geek Girl Rising is about the women changing the tech industry by becoming entrepreneurs who cater to the needs of professional women, such as Care.com (the founder had so much trouble finding care for her son that she realized there was a huge need for families to connect with childcare providers), and the angel investors who are backing these entrepreneurs.
Big Dreams, Daily Joys is sort of a companion book to the Get to Workbook, but not really. Elise Cripe is amazing at goalsetting and goal reaching (you can check out her blog and IG), and has a very specific way of planning, where she breaks everything down so it’s attainable, and she also gives good pep talks and tough love. You want to get through that 100 Day Challenge? Listen to her advice. She’s completed three of them very successfully (one of them turned into her first book, 100 Pep Talks). I don’t know if I’d categorize this as a self help book. Probably not. More like a method. I’ve been using her planner for a few years now and I like it, so this seemed like a natural purchase. Oh, and she also has a fun podcast, called Elise Gets Crafty.
I’ve been interested in doing some kind of capsule wardrobe or at least some kind of closet clean out for a long time, because I have a ton of clothes and I wish they all went together, rather than having some stuff that’s one style and some stuff that’s a totally different style. I like the idea of narrowing down, but to be honest, I really really love most of my stuff, so I think maybe I don’t need to get rid of it as much as see exactly what I have, make a few edits (things that don’t fit, or things I refuse to dry clean so I don’t wear), figure out what goes with what, and then put it all back. The Curated Closet seems to work along those lines, where Project 333 is more about limiting the number of pieces in your closet to create a sort of uniform. I’m not that far into either of them, so I’ll let you know what I think in a future post.
I heard Ronan Farrow’s interview on Marc Maron’s podcast WTF, and I was totally fascinated by him. I’d been wanting to read Catch and Kill when it first came out, but listening to him talk about it made me order it. It’s about the conspiracy to keep the truth about Harvey Weinstein out of the media, and how it was kept covered up for so long.
Finally, there’s the Beastie Boys Book. Before I go any further, you MUST watch their new documentary Beastie Boys Story on Apple TV. It was so good, and so much fun – I was smiling the whole time I was watching it. Even if you don’t like their music, I think it would still be enjoyable, because really it’s a story about three best friends and who doesn’t love that? Anyway, the book is HUGE, and after I bought it a few months back, I immediately read the first chapter and had to put it down for a while because it made me so sad to read what Mike and Adam had to say about MCA. They just loved him and missed him so much, and it was heartbreaking. I just picked it up again recently and am enjoying it thoroughly. Lots of nostalgia.
What have you been reading lately?