In France it was a lot of favorite stories translated into French and then many of the classics-- The Count Of Monte Cristo, Au bonheur des dames, by Zola, and others.
For the last nine months I've been reading on a much more informative level, which I never thought I'd enjoy, but I am loving it! I decided to attempt to reconstruct a list of the books I've read in the last 9 months. It isn't complete, but it's pretty good. And I guess it isn't ALL non-fiction. (And the list isn't in order of how I read them).
1. The Happiness Project
by Gretchin Rubin
This book changed my perception of life and happiness. I highly recommend it. I wrote three blog posts about it, but still have more I could say. The posts are Happiness, Fun and Money.
2. The Big Short
Inside the Doomsday Machine
By Lewis, Michael
(Book - 2010) Enlightening on the topics of the crash of 2008, how Wall Street works, and how Wall Street, the banks, and consumerism created the crisis.
Travels in the New Third World
By Lewis, Michael
(Book - 2011) Another enlightening read, if you're interested in why so many western nations are on the brink of bankruptcy. He discusses in length Iceland, Ireland, Greece, and California. His narrative style smooths over the difficulty of reading a financial book. I highly recommend it.
The Story of Modern Financial Insanity
(Book - 2009) A collection of essays. Too much jargon for me, I couldn't get through it.
5. Sixty Million French Men Can't be Wrong
Why we love France but not the French
Jean-Benoit Nadeau, Julie Barlow
The final book in the Hunger Games
My husband and I read the first two together on roadtrips, and I couldn't wait to pick this one up. Despite others' harsh criticisms of the book, I felt like Collins did a fantastic job of depicting the wreckage of the emotional state of Katniss. I felt like if I were in her shoes, I would have been having the same battles of will and trust issues.
A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
By Levitt, Steven D.
(Book - 2005)
Cool. Very cool.
8. Plague 99
1989. An end-of-the world book set in London. The ultimate savior is Bleach.
9. Dreams from My Father
A Story of Race and Inheritance
By Obama, Barack
(Book - 2004). My first thought was, 'Why would I want to read about Obama?' But then I decided it couldn't hurt to understand a bit more about the man and his background. I am very glad I did read it, I have much more respect for the man, and I connected with his struggle of living between two worlds.
10. Water for Elephants
By Gruen, Sara
(Book - 2007). A romance novel set in the day of traveling circuses. I enjoyed it.
11. The Help
By Kathryn Stockett
Recommended. If you don't know about this book yet, check it out or watch the movie! It is a rendition of society in the South in the 60's.
A Novel By McEwan, Ian
(Book - 2002). Not a religious book. It explores how a child's limited view and understanding, taken as proof in court, can destroy others' lives. SOOO interesting. An added bonus was that it helped me decide to face the ugly skeletons in my extended family's closet and deal with them, so that I could put them behind me emotionally, and use them as a step up in my desire to help others.
13. Man's Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl
This book taught me some important lessons. Here's my blog post about it.
14. Manning up
How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys
By Hymowitz, Kay S.
15. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
By Adams, Douglas
(Book - 2004) I finally read it. :D
16. The Betrayal
By Lewis, Beverly
(Book - 2003) An insightful glimpse into an Omish community. I was surprised at how well I connected with the girls in the story, but I was furious with the ending.
17. Carving Angels, a novel
Diane Stringam Tolley
A cute Christmas story.
18. 397 Ways to save Money, Spend Smarter & Live Well on Less
By Taylor, Kerry K
(Book - 2009)
19. Kids Are Worth It!
By Coloroso, Barbara
See what I think about it here
20. On Becoming Babywise
By Gary Ezzo, M.A. and Robert Bucknam, M.D.
A blog post about it here.
The Smart Teen's Guide to the Mysteries of Her Body
By Weschler, Toni
(Book - 2006)
22. Taking Charge of your Fertility
The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health
By Weschler, Toni
(Book - 2006)
23. Sexy Hormones
Unlocking the Secrets to Vitality
By Vanderhaeghe, Lorna R.
Book - 2007)
24. The Miracle of Bio-identical Hormones
How I Lost My : Fatigue, Hot Flashes, ADHD, ADD, Fibromyalgia, PMS, Osteoporosis, Weight, Sexual Dysfunction, Anger, Migraines
By Platt, Michael E.
(Book - 2007)
The last 6 books are just a representation of all the books I skimmed and checked out from the library, trying to understand the female body and motherhood better. After all these books teaching me about my own biology and how womens' bodies work, I wrote a blog post to try to summarize the hormones in a cycle, called Mysterious Hormones.