Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Quick Lit :: April 2015

I can't believe I haven't shared what I've read all year.  More than that, I can't believe I've only read this small number of books.  Hopefully the summer months will be kinder to my reading time!
{Want to see what others have been reading?  Check out the link-up at Modern Mrs. Darcy!}

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up :: Marie Kondo
A quick treatise on how to pare down rapidly to avoid further re-organization forever.  Sounds good in theory, but this lady obviously has no kids.  Also, I do not thank my socks and am not inclined to start.  But I was motivated to clean out my desk, so that's something.

The Core: Teaching Your Child the Foundations of Classical Education :: Leigh A. Bortins
Not much new information to me, but for somebody looking for an accessible rundown of classical education and what it entails, this is a great place to start, though Well-Trained Mind will forever and always be my go-to.

The Paradox of Choice: Why Less Is More :: Barry Schultz
There are lots of numbers, studies, facts, and figures in this book...but the nuggets about how decision-making affects us were enlightening and, quite frankly, relieving.  I feel better and better about the choices I put on autopilot since reading this book.

Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart :: Lisa Rogak
Interesting look at the man behind the desk of The Daily Show (for a little while longer, anyway).  Didn't love everything I learned about Stewart, but everybody is human, and there were enough funny things to at least even it out.  Looking forward to picking up her bio on Colbert.

Lessons from Madame Chic :: Jennifer Scott
Who doesn't love a little French advice?  Scott describes her fabulous French host during a study abroad program and discusses how she has incorporated some of her best practices in her own life.  Fun, quick read with a bit of food for thought.  Enjoyed it so much, I read her other book...

At Home With Madame Chic :: Jennifer Scott
Very similar in tone and tenor to the previous but with an emphasis on living well at home.  With three littles under five, it was a good reminder for me to enjoy baking and lighting candles and--as best as I can--even doing the dishes.

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains :: Nicholas Carr
Technically I haven't finished this one yet, but I am really enjoying learning about how our brains respond to all the skimming, switching, and tabbing that the Internet brings us.  It makes me want to subscribe to the newspaper and read more print...

Professor had a birthday at the end of March, and he made out like a bandit in the book department, which means I did, too!  Here's a peak at what's on our bookshelf, just waiting to be devoured (the last one is mine, not his):

What have you been reading lately?


  1. What a great list this month! I am fascinated by the concept of decision fatigue and would love to read The Paradox of Choice. Also, highly fascinated by French culture and have never heard of these two Madame Chic books! Can't wait to read them! Thanks!!

  2. Thanks! I like your list and will look in our library. Lately I've enjoyed Quiet, Confessions of a Prayer Wimp, and Unforgettable (a son about his mother).


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