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March: What I Read.

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Last month, I listened to so many audio books that I decided to write a separate post about what I read. Otherwise, my March 2017 goals update would have been 2,000+ words long! I’m excited to share my reads with you today.

In March, I listened to:

  • I Hate Everyone, Except You by Clinton Kelly. My first total dud read of 2017. Please don’t waste your time on this book. Kelly is a selfish, ungrateful man who doesn’t have one interesting, much less meaningful, story to share.
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. I got inspired to read The Omnivore’s Dilemma after Nick Offerman mentioned it several times in his books. It’s an extremely interesting read. I was worried it would be liberal propaganda, but Pollan offers a comprehensive, unbiased perspective. Unless you’ve researched the history of food processing and production in the United States extensively, I guarantee you’ll learn a lot from this book, and it will make you think.
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. I listened to this book, purely because there has been so much hype about the audio book version. I love the concept of Lincoln in the Bardo. I don’t love the book. I think it might be better to read it. There were so many voiced characters, it was tough to keep track of what was happening. The book had its moments, but it didn’t come together as a whole for me.
  • Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd by Youngme Moon. Moon is a professor and approaches this subject from a heavily research-based, academic perspective. It’s not bad, but it’s definitely different from the perspective you usually get from this type of book.  She has a somewhat repetitive writing style, which drove me a bit crazy. The book is also a little outdated. But Moon knows her stuff, and it’s an interesting read.

Currently, I’m listening to Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand, aka everything you ever wanted to know about the history of horseracing. It seems fitting with the Kentucky Derby less than a month away.

For the record, I’ve gotten every audio book I’ve listened to thus far from the library. All but a few of these books are also available as ebooks. If you haven’t looked into your library’s digital content, I highly recommend it! So many libraries offer SO much free digital content, and it couldn’t be more convenient to access it.

I read:

  • Hold Fast by Blue Balliett. Chasing Vermeer is still my favorite Blue Balliett book (and really, one of my all-time favorite books). But I’ve read all her books now, and every one of them is great.

Currently, I’m reading Waking the Spirit: A Musician’s Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul by Andrew Schulman, which is so interesting.

My running total for 2017: 23 books. You can read more about my 2017 goals and most recent progress with said goals right here.

I just updated my Favorite Reads Pinterest board with a few of my newest favorite picks from 2017!

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What have you been reading lately?

I’m always looking for new recommendations!

Additional reading post:

My 2016 Reading List + Tips for Reading More Books | http://www.roseclearfield.comMy 2016 Reading List + Tips for Reading More Books

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  • Shari E April 6, 2017, 11:49 am

    Thanks for the tips. I am disappointed about the Clinton Kelly book. I always loved him on What Not To Wear.

    • Rose April 6, 2017, 12:01 pm

      Agreed. What Not to Wear was one of my favorite shows back in college. Reading the book made me think a lot less of it.

  • Natasha April 6, 2017, 3:32 pm

    The Omnivores Dilemma is one of my very favorite books! It is so eye-opening. (Unfortunately, his later books didn’t feel quite as impactful to me, but I still love that one.) I can’t believe it’s been 9 years since I first read it. Have your read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver? It’s another fun one you might enjoy that’s in a similar vein.

    • Rose April 6, 2017, 8:14 pm

      I haven’t read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, but I will keep it in mind! Thanks!

  • Leah April 6, 2017, 6:42 pm

    I added a few of these to my goodreads list. Thanks for sharing!

  • Molly April 6, 2017, 6:53 pm

    I love Dick Van Dyke! I’ll be reading that one. I’m a food nerd so I love all the Michael Pollan books on the subject – my favorite is Cooked. Right now I’m catching up on Anne Patchett, reading Bel Canto. So many books, so little time!

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