UX Lifecycle by Jeremy Baines and Clive Howard

(  ) If I was running a business and reading this book (which is who the intended audience was anyway) I would totally give this book a thumbs up. However, I am a UX Designer looking to get a more in-depth look at stellar user-focused design, so I wasn’t super into it. It does a…

Technically Wrong by Sara Wachter-Boettcher

(  ) The full title of this book is important, though can be a bit overwhelming for the title of a blog post; Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, And Other Threats of Toxic Tech. The author gives an amazing analysis of how tech companies and tech culture are continually producing insensitive, ostracizing products and corporate environments….

Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

(  ) You know those rumors of homosexuality-correction camps? They really did exist. And Conley gives a much-needed look into his experience at one of the most renowned venues at the time. Further, what brought him there; namely sexual assault as well as being a pastor’s gay son. Fear and shame were brutally forced. Conley…

Elena Vanishing by Elena Dunkle

( ) This is one of the more powerful anorexia memoirs that I’ve read. The style of writing is very gritty and spontaneous. Dunkle describes her thought process during the time that she experienced very serious anorexia. She was hospitalized, and ultimately began to desire to die. She also explores the journey she took to…

Mad Girl by Bryony Gordon

(  ) Bryony Gordon has an assortment of mental health issues. This is an interesting read specifically because it shows how different symptoms can appear from one person to another, or even at one time or situation as compared to another. Gordon makes light of her embarrassing issues in an entertaining fashion, but also separately…

It’s Not Okay by Andi Dorfman

(  ) As much as I’m all about female empowerment and taking charge of your life, I really can’t take a woman seriously who buys Lululemon to make herself feel better. Yes, I know that’s my own biased, so I tried to look past that when reading this book. However, it didn’t get much better….

I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart

(  ) So I haven’t always been a big Kevin Hart fan, but I have been enjoying comedic authors lately. This book was highly rated so I thought, why not? My level of respect for Hart increased exponentially after reading this memoir. No, I’m still not huge on his style of humor, but I was…

A Series of Catastrophes and Miracles by Mary Elizabeth Williams

 (  ) Cancer is a bitch, plain and simple. And the author is unfortunate enough to have experienced the struggle with both her own body and many of those she loves. However, she’s lucky in that an experimental treatment cured a rare, stage 4 melanoma she had been enduring. Throughout this time, she chronicles what it…

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

(  ) Yes yes, I know I have been reading a lot of books about food lately, but this book is from a different point of view altogether. Gaffigan goes into detail about his adoration for food and all things delicious. He has a strong conviction that the pleasure he feels from eating outweighs any…

The Food Revolution by John Robbins

(  ) My first question when I was recommended this book was, “Is John Robbins related to Tony Robbins?” No, in fact, John Robbins is related to the founder/owner of Baskin Robbins. He gave up the partial ownership of family company he was set to inherit. Through his own investigation, he observed what the dairy…

The China Study by Colin T. Campbell

(  ) Campbell is a brilliant scientist and doctor, but not quite as fun to read as some of his counterparts (e.g. Dr. Greger). However, I did learn a lot from this book. The China Study is the largest nutrition-based study of its kind – and it started the plant-based revolution that is occurring today….

Brain On Fire by Susannah Cahalan

 (  ) This book  opened my eyes to a concept that I had never heard before, but that makes so much sense. There is a theory now (based off many case studies) that a large percentage of mental illness may stem from autoimmune issues. This woman’s specific case already had a rare, but pre-discovered title,…