What I Read (September)

I got my reading mojo back over the summer, and I’m trying to hold onto it. After all, I have a huge TBR list. 😛

This month I knocked a few off the list. Here are my thoughts.

Getting Things Done (David Allen) (Abridged Audiobook): The constant references to entering your information in a PDA really dates this book. I’ve heard of the GTD system for years, and was familiar with the basics, but hadn’t read the book before. Some of the principles in the book don’t apply to me (mostly the work applications he uses as examples), but I enjoyed getting a refresher on staying on top of things. I do use elements of this system (your brain is not the most efficient storage device–just write it down), and it would be useful for anyone who hasn’t heard of GTD before to learn about this productivity system and see if there are any useful parts that could be implemented. However, I wouldn’t recommend the audiobook. There are so many GTD sites out there. Seriously.

Ready Player One (Ernest Cline): Video games of any kind are not my forte, but I’d heard a ton of positive reviews for this book. Some of the gaming references went over my head, but I enjoyed the pop culture references and the world built in this book. I definitely want to check out other books by Cline and the film adaptation.

Bellwether (Connie Willis) (Audiobook): This was a recommendation from the Bellwether Friends podcast (currently on hiatus :/). I wasn’t sure what to expect from it, but I ended up really enjoying it. Except I wanted to slap one of the characters in the book. Really hard. I’m glad I read/listened to it, and I’m looking forward to other books from this author and ones that the hosts have recommended.

The Miracle Morning (Hal Elrod): I decided to read this one after seeing an overview of the concept on Lifehacker.com. It was a good book, but I honestly could have done without the “personal development guru” attitude that came across in the writing. (Dude, you wrote the book, stop promoting yourself on every page.)

17 Day Diet Essentials (Dr. Mike Moreno) (Audiobook): Since Andrew and I decided to give this diet a try, I thought it was worth consuming at least part of the book and not solely relying on a blog (not from the author) to get my information from. Not having read the text version, I can’t make a comparison, but the audiobook definitely gave enough of an overview to answer any lingering questions I had. The author reads it himself and answers some FAQ’s at the end of the recording. It also comes with a great PDF supplement that can be downloaded with food lists and other useful information.

Currently Reading: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Marie Kondo), I Am Legend and Other Stories (Richard Matheson) (Audiobook), The Death Cure [The Maze Runner #3] (James Dashner)

Up Next: The Martian (Andy Weir), NeuroTribes (Steve Silberman) (Audiobook), The Highly Sensitive Person (Elaine M. Aron, PhD)

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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