Let’s take a look at 2011 by reviewing some of the books I read (or listened to on my commute) this past year. I’ve been logging them by pinning the covers to one of my Pinterest boards.
Let’s start here:
Thow Out Fifty Things by Gail Blanke: This pretty much walks you through decluttering your home and thus your life. This was the perfect book to read during a transitional year (I made 2 moves within 5 months–yikes!).
There were a few good outdoorsy/environmental/sustainability books I read. These are perfect for big-picture thinking, but also small-step-taking to a greener outlook on life:
Thinking in Systems by Donella H. Meadows: This one is a little cerebral, but it’s worth working your way through. There are a lot of good ideas in this that are relevant to the environment and other aspects of life.
The Necessary Revolution by P.N. Senge et al: Reading this is like reading Thinking In Systems with an environmental spin. Again, a cerebral read, but worth it.
A couple about food that will change the way you see your dinner plate and inspire you to at least make incremental changes to your food habits:
For those who had life-changing moments (read: bad things happened), these books are comforting in that they are stories of other people who had crap happen and how they either overcame or simply dealt with it:
And, finally, I love memoirs. These were my favorites:
Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern and Bossypants by Tina Fey and A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel. (I have to say that Kimmel is an excellent reader. I listened to this book and this woman knows how to read and tell a good story.)
Well, folks, those are the highlights of my 2011 reading. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2012 filled with good books!