My reading last month was all over the place. First, I had to finish a book that I had started in January, but where my library loan had expired before I finished it and I had to wait to re-borrow it. Then, the same thing happened with another book that I started in February and I am currently waiting to re-borrow. This also made me realize; I don’t like to stop reading a book, pick up another and then having to go back to the previous one. I know some people read multiple books simultaneously, but I am not one of those people.
All this to say, I did finish two books in February and here are my reviews:
This is one of the books I picked up at an actual bookstore in January and I really enjoyed it. When I heard about it, I wanted a hard copy of it because I could see myself highlighting lots of paragraphs (and I did!). This is obviously a fitness/health book and not for everyone, but if you’re looking to find more information on how your female physiology is different from men’s, how your hormonal cycle can influence your training, and what you can do to mitigate this through the right nutrition and training, this is a great resource (that I’ll see myself referring back to!).
Word of caution though: This book is not a gospel and people have claimed that there are some recommendations that should be taken with a grain of salt.
As always, every body is unique and 1 + 1 doesn’t always equal 2. But, overall, I found this book really helpful and informative and it explains really well how – as an athlete and otherwise! – you have to fuel your body efficiently. Highly recommend.
Best quote of the book: “Women are not small men. Stop eating and training like one”.
Normal People by Sally Rooney (★★★☆☆)
Some people said that this was a page-turner, but it wasn’t for me at all. I had to keep pushing to pick it up (hence the expiration of the library loan in between), because I was just not invested in the characters. Marianne and Connell meet in high school and couldn’t be more different. Connell is poor, but well-liked around his peers, Marianne comes from a well-off (but fucked up, might I add) family and is seen as an outsider. But yet, somehow they feel a pull toward each other. So far, so good. On any normal day, this is good story material.
Then they go off to college, their roles switch and Marianne feels more comfortable and Connell feels out of place. Still an okay storyline. Throughout this whole time, they keep circling each other, come together and then keep pushing each other away, and this goes on for
what feels like forever chapter after chapter. The saddest assessment at the end of the book for me was: I felt that the characters hadn’t evolved. I don’t quite know how many years the story spans, but it’s multiple years (from high school through college), but I feel like Marianne and Connell technically ended up right back in the same spot where they started.
What did you read in February? Anything you’d like to recommend? Leave a comment, and then add me on Goodreads to keep in touch.