What I’ve been reading in May

The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell. I finally finished this and am still digesting. I went in very aware of the medical and health benefits of a plant-based diet, but not convinced it has to be 100% vegan to reap the benefits. I’m still not convinced, and think a mostly plant-based diet is enough. It would take a much longer review to describe the parts of this book I’m still not convinced about, so I might just save it for that, a full review. I’m working on a post about why I don’t eat Paleo, so I’ll have to save it for after that.

Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand. I’ve been “reading” this by listening to the unabridged audio for quite a while now, and reached the end of it last month. It’s a bit chilling in some parts, to hear a possible scenario of what could happen when the “looters” in a society try to enslave the “producers” and thinkers with excessive taxation and redistribution of wealth. I feel in some ways we are heading toward this future. I certainly can’t review the book with any justice in this little post, but I’d recommend it to anyone.

The Joy of Less: A Minimalist’s Guide to Living, by Francine Jay. I love reading minimalist books and inspiration. Ever since we started our 4 moves in 20 months to get us to the (hopefully) long-term home we’ve now settled in, I have been on a mission to declutter and streamline our possessions. I feel I’ve made a lot of progress in that time, but now that we are settled I don’t want the creep of more Stuff to slowly seep into our house. So reading this was good prophylaxis. The author covers many practical ways to lead a simpler life that’s less hemmed in by possessions. I pretty much skipped all the excessive talk about recyling at the end, though. It got a little hippie for me.

I bought the package of Ebooks that was floating around the blogs a couple weeks ago, like 100 of them for 29 dollars. There were a couple I’d been considering so I went ahead and bought it. Glad I did. So far I’ve read these:

Simple Blogging by Rachel Meeks. Lots of good ideas that help streamline the writing life and inspire me to use my time well.

Your Blogging Business by Nikki Hughes. Great info on handling taxes as a blogger.

100 Pound Loser by Jessica Heights. A memoir of sorts and a motivational tool.

How to Grow Your Blog and Manage Your Home by Jacinda Vandenburg. Some good points too.

I’m still slodging through The Aeneid, and started The Great Gatsby  audiobook to listen to while on the treadmill, since its starting to get to hot for a pregnant lady to run outside. I’ve read it before and must again before I see the movie.

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  • Jennifer May 15, 2013, 11:55 AM

    I LOVE “Atlas Shrugged” and I am also re-reading “The Great Gatsby” in preparation for the movie. I love the book, I love the time period, and I love Baz Luherman (the director of the movie) so I am hoping for something spectacular.

  • Anne @ Modern Mrs Darcy May 15, 2013, 10:05 PM

    I haven’t read Atlas Shrugged since high school and I wonder what I would think about it now. Maybe one day?

  • MK May 16, 2013, 11:41 AM

    So many books I’ve read have referenced The China Study, but I never actually thought to read it for myself. Hmm…

    I know what you mean about reading simplicity/minimalism books; at this point, I don’t know that I’ll learn many new tricks, but I read them on occasion as motivation to continue in simplicity. I just finished Almost Amish by Nancy Sleeth in that vein and enjoyed it.


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