Recent reads

Here are a few of the books that I had the pleasure of reading or listening to over the past few months.

Sh*t My Dad Says

This was a totally random download from the library. I cannot say that I give it glowing reviews. It seems a bit embellished, and absurd, but slightly entertaining. I wouldn’t go out and buy this book – a library copy will do.


The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Helpby Amanda Palmer

This was another interesting download. The book is a bit long winded. But her story is an interesting one. She was one of the first artists to use crowd funding to serve her music I believe, well from what I gathered from the book anyway.  She details the many different stages of her life as an artist from being a street statue to becoming a well known artist.  The audiobook has a few songs which were nice to break up the reading/listening. It was a bit outside of my typical book choices, but it was enjoyable.


When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi

This book. Wow. It takes on a whole new meaning given that I am also in the midst of medical training.  The author grapples with the difficult choices of how to fulfill his remaining time while in neurosurgery residency. It is fascinating. By reading, you  automatically reflect on what you would do given it were you in the situation.  I highly recommend for all those in medical training, and I think there is a lesson for everyone to take away from this book. Best book I have enjoyed in a while.


$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America

This was an impulse download from the library. I found the description of life in extreme poverty in America to be an eye opening experience. I have always understood how it is difficult to break away from the vicious cycle of poverty, but this book details the struggles in a way we can relate to. I think it is an excellent book for those interested in community and helping those in need.


The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, by Amy Schumer

Pretty standard life comedy by Amy Schumer who is painfully honest, and often over the top. Some of the stories were her style, and totally graphic. I was able to gather a few laughs, and she made my life seem nice, cozy, and boring. All good things. Overall, if you enjoy her outlandish humor, it may be worth the read!



If you’re interested in Audiobooks, I would recommend Audible.  My car picks up my phone’s bluetooth and every time I jump in the car my book starts playing. It’s a great way to get a little listening in while you drive! As always, be careful – if you’re finding yourself getting too deep into a book, try some tunes or silence so you can focus on the road.

Paul and I used this on our recent road trip back from Wisconsin, we finished a whole book on the way home. After all, sometimes you can only handled 5+ hours of Eagles radio, haha!  The audiobook was a nice break from the radio while we were on the highway for many, many miles.

Do you have any book recommendations?  I have a few in my audiobook queue, but I’m always looking for suggestions from friends and followers! 🙂


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