Reading matter(s) of the month: March, 2016

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Okay, third month of 2016, 13 weeks have past us by! March wasn’t a month full of reading for me. I finished reading 2 books, while trying to continue reading “L’île mystérieuseby Jules Verne but without much success. I kinda gave up this book and chose another French book to read instead (lighter and easier).

The “To-Read” pile of March, 2016:

In March I added a total of 06 books to my “to-read” pile. I know, it is still more than I can handle, but I can’t help it! There are way too good books out there to be read in this world! They were:

  1. Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself by Lissa Rankin: another book about the influence of our minds over our bodies. I am curious!
  2. Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Avis Lang: I started listening Neil deGrasse Tyson’s podcast (Star Talk Radio) and I found out that he has some great books published (and I had no idea!).
  3. Packing Light: Thoughts on Living Life with Less Baggage by Allison Vesterfelt: I have a kind of a life goal of travelling anywhere with only a carry-on, so this book might help me.
  4. How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Revised: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter by Matt Kepnes: another one about travelling light.
  5. Shards of Honour (Vorkosigan Saga, #1) by Lois McMaster Bujold: a science-fiction I’ve been wanting to read for years that was not included in my “to-read” pile. So, here it is.
  6. How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran: this book is this month’s pick for the feminist Bookclub “Our Shared Shelf” and since it is a fun read I’ll definitely enjoy it this month.

The “Read” list of March, 2016:

So, I finished one fiction and one non-fiction this month.

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  1. The Pillars of the World (Tir Alainn, #1) by Anne Bishop: it is a long book, in the fantasy genre, but I didn’t enjoy so much.
  2. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande: great book! It gave me a perspective on how checklists are ingrained in our activities and how we can use them better.

 

The “I started reading but haven’t finished yet” pile of March, 2016:

  1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman: now, this is a long book! I bought the e-book some months ago and only now I had the courage to face it. Looking good so far!
  2. Les Catilinaires by Amélie Nothomb: my second attempt at reading French literature this month. I am enjoying it.

So, that’s what happened in March! This month (April) I would like to read at least 3 books to keep up the pace. Let’s see how it goes! Happy reading!

Loneliness is a state of mind

But I wasn’t lonely. Loneliness, I think, has very little to do with location. It’s a state of mind. In the center of every big, bustling city are some of the loneliest people in the world. I’ve never felt that way in space. If anything, because our whole planet was on display just outside the window, I felt even more aware of and connected to the seven billion other people who call it home.

– by Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. Kindle Edition. pg. 218, loc. 2825-2827. Accessed: 3/7/2016

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Photo of Earth from space from the International Space Station during the Expedition 34 mission taken by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. The January 2013 photo shows Newfoundland and Labrador from orbit. Credit: Chris Hadfield/Canadian Space Agency via @Cmdr_Hadfield

 

 

Reading matter(s) of the month: February, 2016

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There goes the second month of 2016, 09 weeks have passed, and I am happy with my reading habits. I did finish some unfinished books from last year, so that resulted in a high number of books read. But, I also added new books to my never ending “to-read” pile…

The “To-Read” pile of February, 2016:

In February I added a total of 09 books to my “to-read” pile. They are:

  1. The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy  by Chris Bailey => I’ve been wanting to improve my focus because I still get distracted by little things, specially social media
  2. Yoga Anatomy, Second Edition  by Leslie Kaminoff, Amy Matthews => This book is an illustrated guide to Yoga and it seems there’s no digital edition available. It’s more like a “someday/maybe” book for me right now.
  3. The More of Less: Find the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker => that’s a new book from Joshua that will come out this month. I hope it will inspire my minimalism project.
  4. What To Say When You Talk To Your Self  by Shad Helmstetter => this seems an interesting read to address the voices in my head.
  5. Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body  by Jo Marchant =>I read an article about this book this month and her research investigates the influence of our minds over our bodies: a topic I want to explore.
  6. Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists  by Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus =>a book from The Minimalists on why to become a minimalist. Their podcast is awesome!
  7. enough  by Patrick Rhone =>another book into the “minimalist” theme: I think it was a recommendation I heard on The Minimalists podcast.
  8. How to Be Alive: No Impact Man’s Guide to a High Impact Life by Colin Beavan => a book on the theme of zero waste living: another topic I want to explore more.
  9. Zero World by Jason M. Hough => the only fiction book on this list, it’s a sci-fi thriller recommended by Felicia Day that I saw on Goodreads. I think it’s worth a try!

The “Read” list of February, 2016:

This month I wanted to read and/or finish some books that have been on my pile for way too long. I think I did a great job, I am happy with this list!

read books of february 2016

  1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury => a classic that was on my Kindle waiting to be read. Enjoyable.
  2. The Freedom Handbook: An Incomplete Guide to a More Complete Life  by Jeff Hirz =>a very short book that was also forgotten on my Kindle.
  3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change (25th Anniversary Edition) by Stephen R. Covey =>I started reading this book last year and put it down many, many times… I wanted to read it because almost everybody that is into productivity cites this book. I wasn’t impressed, really.
  4. Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One-Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life by Donna Smallin =>I love reading about organization and decluttering tips and this was a fast read on the subject.
  5. Delicacy: A Novel by David Foenkinos =>I finished a French book! Yay! I read this in its original version: achievement unlocked 🙂

The “I started reading but haven’t finished yet” pile of February, 2016:

  1. The Pillars of the World (Tir Alainn, #1)  by Anne Bishop => This book in the pick of the month of the Vaginal Fantasy book club, on Goodreads (it’s a book club for romance genre books with strong female lead characters). It sounds interesting!
  2. L’île mystérieuse by Jules Verne => I chose this book as my French reading practice this month, but I am already regretting it. It’s a very long book, and the pace is too slow for my taste, although I love Julio Verne. Maybe I’ll leave it and change to another one…just saying…

And, since March has already started, a quick update: I started reading “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” by canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. I’m just loving it!