Blog Tour & Giveaway: Reading People by Anne Bogel

Reading People by Anne Bogel

It’s my first blog tour, and I couldn’t be happier that it is for Anne Bogel’s first book, Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything. When I first heard that Anne was writing a book, I didn’t really care what it was going to be about. I have been reading her blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, for years, and I absolutely adore her podcast, What Should I Read Next? I guess what I’m saying is I would read or listen to anything she put out. That being said…I was pretty psyched to learn that the book was about personality types. I am […]

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My Reading Personality

My Reading Personality

A couple months ago, in preparation for the release of her new book Reading People, Anne Bogel (aka Modern Mrs. Darcy) released a Reading Personality Quiz. I love quizzes, and I love personality typing, hence the reason I was super excited to read Anne’s book (which I will be reviewing on August 30th). I have been a long time listener of Anne’s podcast What Should I Read Next?, and even before that I loved her literary matchmaking blog posts. I have fantasized about what books I would share as my favorites if I ever go on the show. And I have tried to type myself the way Anne […]

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Review: What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard

What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard

What I Lost is so well done. It’s the story of Elizabeth and her anorexia, which has landed her in rehab. Alexandra Ballard does a great job of explaining anorexia as an illness. I had a friend who struggled with anorexia in high school, and so many of the behaviors included in this book brought that experience back for me. When Elizabeth enters treatment, she is determined to get out as quickly as she can, so she can get right back to her old eating habits. But over time she has experiences and meets friends that help her realize that she is not healthy. There […]

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Review: Delancey by Molly Wizenberg

Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg

Delancey is a memoir about a couple who opened their own pizza place in Seattle. Or at least that’s what I was expecting it to be about. What I was not expecting was for it to be written by the wife who had very little involvement in the restaurant that her husband was starting. What I also didn’t expect was for there to be so many recipes in the book. I guess since it’s kind of a food memoir that shouldn’t have surprised me, but it did. And because I was listening to this book on audio, I couldn’t really skip over the recipes. This book […]

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Review: The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

The Righteous Mind is a fascinating look into the difference between liberal and conservative political and religious views. It really helped me a lot in my quest to understand what’s happening in America with the election of Trump and the continued rampant persecution of minorities. Haidt uses metaphors to explain his theories, all based in evolutionary psychology. This book is probably one of the best organized non-fiction books I’ve ever read. Each chapter starts with a introduction to what will be covered and contains a quick recap of the ideas presented. The whole book is well organized and Haidt gives explanations of why he’s laid things […]

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Review: Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

Talking As Fast As I Can is a rather interesting celebrity memoir. Instead of being organized chronologically, it has a more theme-based organization. And it’s kind of a mesh of memoir, advice book, and essay collection. Lauren shares her history as it relates to her acting career, and as promised she talks about her time on Gilmore Girls, both the original series and the reprisal. But she also shares relationship advice and tips for those wishing to get into acting. And then there are some bizarre antidotes that almost resemble essays, i.e. one about electronic devices for children. This book didn’t have as much humor as some […]

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Review & Interview: The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan

The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan

The Yellow Envelope is an incredibly raw and honest memoir about having the courage to go after a dream. After establishing her career and acquiring everything she always thought she wanted out of life, Kim Dinan realized that she wasn’t happy. She didn’t want that life. She wanted to quit her job to travel the world and write. And she was able to convince her husband to support her in this journey. But that doesn’t mean it was easy. With the help of some amazing friends, Kim and Brian’s plans expanded to include giving away money to whomever they chose while traveling the world. This […]

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Review: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

I read Hillbilly Elegy in an attempt to understand Trump supporters. I was hoping for a politically charged explanation of the angry white man who’s feeling left behind by Washington politics. It was exactly fair for me to put so much hope in a memoir. This book is an account of one man who was able to escape the self-sabotaging culture of the Hillbilly people in southern Ohio, Kentucky, and the rest of the Appalachian rust-belt. J.D. Vance recounts his experiences growing up with a single mother with a string of boyfriends and an occasional tendency to do drugs. His success was due largely to his […]

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Review: Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders

Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders

I was so excited to read Our Revolution by Bernie Sanders. I am/was a huge supporter of Bernie’s campaign for president, so I was interested to hear what he had to say to all of us about next steps. This book was released right after the general election, and while it didn’t necessary state an expectation of the result of the election, it was pretty clear that Bernie was hoping Hillary Clinton would have won. He mentioned a few times about compromises he’d made with her campaign as if they’d be policies we’d be seeing implemented at this point. In that way, this book was slightly […]

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Review: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath is the third Malcolm Gladwell book that I’ve read. In this book Gladwell explores the myth of battling giants. His point is that what makes a giant so large and intimidating can also be the giant’s weakness. He starts the book with the Biblical story of David and Goliath, and then moves on to other interesting topics: classroom size, prestigious colleges, the cure for childhood leukemia, dyslexia, crime, etc. In every story, Gladwell reveals that what we believe to be true isn’t necessarily the case. This book is so fascinating. It makes for a perfect audiobook (read by Gladwell himself). It’s engaging, and […]

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