Okay, so some of the books “read” last year were actually listened to. What else am I to do during my hour-long drive home from work? (I can’t listen to books in the morning. Instead, I keep myself awake by flipping through mediocre radio stations.) I read a total of 27 books. I don’t know how many books y’all read, but I’m not writing this to compare numbers. Instead, I just want to share the highlights–make some recommendations, if you will. Not all 27 were noteworthy, but if you want to see them all, head over to my Pinterest board: 2012 Books Read. If you just want the highlights, stay right here.
In no particular order, here we go:
This book is about money, but it’s not about what you should invest in, how much you should save or how to pay off debt. Instead it’s about how we express our emotions with money. She makes the connection between food and money. We’re probably all guilty of emotional eating and spending, but she takes a deeper look. If you’re tired of reading the financial how-to books, this is a good one to read to get a different perspective. Things of note, she lost her nest egg to Bernie Madoff and is an incredible reader (I listened to this one).
Need a laugh? Look no further. Follow him on Twitter and you won’t be disappointed.
If you just liked Method products before, you’ll love ’em after reading this. The company’s approach to greening the world is so much more palatable than the ways of hardcore environmentalists and organizations. I drank the Method kool-aid and drink it regularly now.
As long as I’m talking green, I’ll mention this one. This is geared more towards companies and those who work in a corporate culture for a living, but I think it’s important for your average person to read. We need to know what practices we’re supporting (and whose salary we’re paying) when we buy stuff. It’s a pretty quick read, too, so why not?
Remember how funny Sh*t My Dad Says was? This is the follow up book and while I was worried at the beginning, Justin Halpern successfully separates himself from the hilarity of his dad and proves that his voice is his own and hilarious. Two things: I listened to this one and the audio book is decently read and this is completely a guy book. Ladies, you’ve been forewarned.
If you read Ree Drummond’s blog, you’ll enjoy her memoir of how she and Marlboro Man fell in love. I read it in 3 days on my iPhone (huzzah for ebooks!) mostly because it’s an easy, fun read. Pick it up if you’re in need of a break from the heavy-duty stuff.
What did y’all read in 2012 that I should read in 2013? I’m currently taking suggestions!