Reading Challenge: April 2015

April was a slow month for me reading-wise and here is why. First, I discovered podcasts. I know, I know I'm so behind the times but Gretchen Rubin (author of some of my favorite books including The Happiness Project) started a podcast called "Happier with Gretchen Rubin" and so it forced me to figure out how to listen to them and then I discovered SO MANY that I wanted to listen to. So instead of listening to audio books on my commute this month, I've been listening to podcasts. Second, I've just been really really busy. But I did manage to knock out a couple good ones to add to my secondary goals of reading business books and biographies, so there's that.

Julia Child by Laura Shapiro

This book was short and sweet but a wonderful look at the life of Julia Child. A lot of the books I've seen about Julia Child focus heavily on her time in France. This book was a good balance of her youth, young adulthood and her time in France, and then details her time spent writing and publishing "Mastering the Art of French Cooking". It's a very quick and entertaining read, and I loved reading about Julia because she was such a positive and energetic person with a great passion for food and life! ... Learn more here.

Capitalizing on Kindness by Kristin Tillquist

I was looking for a good business book that focused on some aspect of positivity in the workplace and this title caught my attention. This book takes a look at how kindness leads to success. A lot of times people think they have to sacrifice being nice to get ahead in business or to be taken seriously and this is absolutely not true. The fact is, kind people are more successful and this book does a great job of telling us why this is and not only giving examples but also practice tips. ... Learn more here.

I did start reading Pretty Little Liars because I enjoy the show and typically enjoy young adult fiction so I thought I'd give it a try but I gave up after a few chapters. It was so different from the show which I found distracting (all of the characters in the book have "redish blond" hair, except Aria), it also isn't very well written. Good young adult fiction doesn't use dumbed downed language for the reader, and the dialog was really lame. Anyway, I decided not to waste my time.

Goal standings:
13/35 total books
2/5 Happy Books
1/5 Business Books
2/5 Biographies

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