It’s the fourth month of this year and I finally picked up reading again. I surprised myself and finished four – very different, I might add – books, after hardly reading anything between January and March.
Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder (★★★☆☆)
I picked up this book after seeing that the film had won awards at the Golden Globe. I haven’t seen the movie yet but wanted to read the book first. It’s an interesting, sometimes sobering read about the retirement system (or lack thereof) in the United States, although Bruder points out that this is not what nomads would like the reader to take away from it. I wish the book had been organized a little differently, as I felt that the author was “jumping” around (between stories and chronological order), but it was still a very good read and I am hoping to see the movie adaptation soon.
Anti-Cancer Living: Transform your life and health with the mix of six by Lorenzo Cohen (★★★★☆)
As the title suggests, this wasn’t a “fun” book. I chose to read it when I learned that my best friend has (yet again) to go through cancer treatment and I just wanted to educate myself and be able to support her better. It’s hard being so far away when someone goes through such a hard time (for the umpteenth time) and I wish there was more than phone calls/Whatsapp messages and the occasional card to let her know I am there for her. Reading this book won’t easily change the situation, but I feel like I have more of an understanding of what she needs right now. The mix of six talks about six different areas in one’s life (when you deal with cancer) where you can retain some control and how building social and emotional support; managing stress; improving sleep, exercise and diet; and minimizing exposure to environmental toxins work together to promote an optimal environment for health and well-being.
Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris (★★★★☆)
I forget how I came across this book, but I was instantly drawn to it by the title and cover. I knew I was in for a heart-wrenching story. Based on an actual photo taken in 1948 showing four children sitting on their front porch steps with a sign saying “4 Children For Sale – Inquire Within”, the story starts with a photograph, taken by young reporter Ellis Reed, who’s on assignment in a small town and finds himself taking a random photo of two young boys sitting on a rundown porch, holding a sign “2 Children For Sale”. Then we learn what happens when the photo lands on the desk of his editor.
I first thought the book was going to be about the children and the circumstances that led to such a haunting photo. However, the book takes a different turn and focuses on the consequences of having taken this photo in the first place. The first half of the book held my interest much more than the second half with one too many twists and turns, but it’s still a very engaging story and every chapter kept me wondering what was going to happen next.
I will teach you to be rich by Ramit Sethi (★★★★★)
If you’re into personal finance and budgeting at all, you might enjoy this book by Ramit Sethi, who writes a blog under the same title. It’s written in a casual, very personable way and has a lot of great tips on how to get your finances in order if you need some guidance. The book is organized as a 6-week program with action steps and mostly geared towards people in their 20’s and 30’s, but there were still some benefits for older readers.
Did I agree with everything in this book? No, but lots of things gave me food for thought, and other things confirmed that I’ve been making some good choices along the way. Will this book make you rich? Unlikely. (Well, define ‘rich’, I guess). But it’ll teach you some important basic financial concepts and give you a sense of control about your own financial future.
What did you read in April? Anything you’d like to recommend? Leave a comment, and then add me on Goodreads to keep in touch.