Monthly Book Report : March 2017

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Monthly Book Report : March 2017

Books have always been one of the most important things in my life.  They allow me to escape everyday life.  They allow me to travel to places I have not yet been.  They allow me to use my imagination.  They encourage me to write more.  They are simply, amazing.  So, here is what I read last month.

The China Study: Revised and Expanded Edition: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, and Long-Term Health by TS Campbell

Yes, that is one long title and yea it might sound boring but I swear it isn’t!  I actually listened to the audio book during my drive to Knoxville and back two weekends in a row (I volunteer at The Gentle Barn there) and it made the drive fly by!  I became vegan almost a year ago and it was an ethical decision; however, I’ve realized it’s time to start taking my own health into account and stop eating so much junk food so I’ve really been absorbing whole foods plant-based information this month.  The China Study, as the title implicates, is the most comprehensive nutrition study ever conducted and the findings will surprise you!  Definitely worth the read if you’re health conscious.

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) by Lauren Graham

I grew up on Gilmore Girls.  Rory and I were the same age when it started and my mom has been a single mother since I was very young, so it was/is something very near and dear to my heart.  So, when i found out Lauren Graham is an author, I about last my mind.  Last month, I read her fiction novel and this month I read this gem.  It’s basically a memoir about her career from the beginning of the original Gilmore Girls through the remake.  If you’re a GG fan, it’s definitely worth a read!

Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by JK Rowling

The one and only, JK Rowling.  This isn’t really book, especially compared to her other works but it is DEFINITELY worth a read.  This is her speech she made to the graduating class of Harvard several years back and it is super inspirational.  I’m sure it can be found online somewhere but I picked it up at my library because it seemed more special in book form.

Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery by Steph Jagger

This is one of the most well-written travel memoirs I’ve read.  Jagger takes us on her journey to ski 4 million vertical feet in one year.  Let’s just say – that’s A LOT.  The writing is beautiful, the outcome of her goal is uplifting and I found pieces of myself all throughout the book.  I would highly recommend this for anyone even if you aren’t a skier, like me.  Want to know why I don’t ski – just check this little story out about how I ripped my ACL in pieces.

Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed

I love Cheryl Strayed.  This is basically just a bound book of quotes by her.  I read some of the reviews that said it was a waste of money for that reason and I’m thinking all you had to do was open it before you bought it to know what it was about…  Regardless, I love inspirational quotes so I really enjoyed it.  I think it’s definitely worth having on your bedside table to read whenever you’re feeling the need for a little inspiration.

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

I started a local book club this month!  I’m so excited.  It’s a several friends of mine who are all vegan.  We decided to alternate months – one month we pick a book in the human rights genre and one month we pick one in the animal rights genre.  The first month we voted and chose Symptoms of Being Human and I’m so glad we did.  I’ve never read anything quite like it and to be honest, I wouldn’t call myself the most knowledgeable person when it comes to gender neutral information but this book really opened my eyes.  I would recommend every human reads it.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by JD Vance

This has been sitting on the bestseller list for quite some time and the waiting list at my library was so long.  I finally got my chance this month to read it and I really enjoyed it.  Vance grew up in rural poor Appalachia and this book takes us on a journey and illustrates what that culture is like.  I grew up in Middle Tennessee but have family that grew up in similar areas mentioned in the book and I couldn’t put it down!

Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Revised Edition by Joel Furhman

Eat to Live is the second audio book I listened to this month – this time on a trip to St Louis and back.  Eat to Live highlights a whole foods plant based diet as well and is another book I would highly recommend if you’re health conscious.

So, that’s what I read in March!  What have you been reading lately?

Currently, I’m reading Women Who Run with Wolves as part of Emma Watson’s feminist book club.

breakfast and a little light reading. I’ve finished two of my book club books – now on to the biggest of the three!

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Other books I plan on reading in April :

  • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
  • The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

and more!

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  1. Laura

    April 21, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Yay – a fellow book-lover 🙂 Unbound stands out to me out of all of these, not only for what its about but its lovely cover (I know you should never judge a book by its cover and all that but I can’t help it!).
    I’ve been slacking a bit recently and haven’t read anything in a while. I think its time I check some of these out!

    • Ashley Hubbard

      April 21, 2017 at 2:39 PM

      I’m bad about judging a book by its cover too! I’m a sucker for a great cover haha

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