The Wellness Project by Phoebe Lapine

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( thumbs_side ) Again, another book I was interested in due to it’s focus on health – most especially holistically. This is not a book for entertainment, and the author makes that preface within the first chapter. This book is to chronicle her time focusing on how to heal her body, which seemed to be only degenerating further as time went one. She has an autoimmune disease, and traditional western pharmaceutical treatment practices were not helping her. And many of the drugs were, in fact, hurting her, as she would find out later.

I learned a bit from this book, but it is only a case study and specific to her own prior medical issues. I don’t think I’ll purposely pick up anything similar again.

Whole by Colin T. Campbell, PhD

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( thumbs_side ) If you know me, you know I’ve become highly active in trying to expand my breadth of knowledge in plant-based eating and nutrition nowadays. I was warned Campbell’s books were tedious, he repeated himself a lot, and he goes off on tangents about philosophy and corruption between the food companies and political/health organizations. This is all 100% accurate. But to be fair, he’s experienced a ridiculous amount of scrutiny and threats due to what he publishes.

His writing style and content can be a pain to sift through. However, the highly analyzed results from his numerous studies (that also vary widely in scope) is why we read his books. I learned a lot from what he wrote here, but god it was not fun to read. I recommend the audiobook if you’re going to attempt it.

The Girls’ Guide to Love and Supper Clubs by Dana Bate

bate, dana - the girls guide to love and supper clubs( thumbs_side ) Living out your career to get familial approval will never be something I can relate to. However, it seems to be very prevalent for the main character here. She knows her true passion is for cooking, but both her family and significant other continually tell her that being a chef is not a real career. Her dream is to own a catering business, but feels obstructed from that ever happening.

The scene is set in Washington D.C., and involves political side characters. The main character, Hannah, has a think-tank job many admire her for, and studied at Cornell during undergrad. But she feels blah about all of it, and only enjoys her life when she is in the kitchen. She becomes really into this “Supper Club” trend that’s been happening, which is basically an underground, one-time restaurant party. After the first nasty breakup of her life, she decides to throw her own. This is where the chaos starts… though in the end, it leads to her learning what real love is and that her own life happiness is more important than other’s affirmations.

It plays a little hard on drama that occurs throughout the story, but I do love how descriptive the recipes and cooking experiences are portrayed for the reader.

How Not To Die by Michael Greger, M.D.

greger, michael - how not to die( thumbs_up ) This book has literally changed my life. When I first got it, I almost returned it when I realized it was basically a vegan-promoting book. I am so glad I didn’t, because it is not. A plant-based diet can also be called an evidence-based diet, as it is the only diet known throughout history and repeated scientific study to promote health and often, even reverse all of the Western Nation’s most common diseases.

Dr. Greger interprets and cites all of the medical studies he provides as evidence. Also, the book is broken down into an organized format, so you’re able to navigate to any particular disease you may be more interested in.

I was looking for a highly regarded evidence-based nutrition book, and I found it. I just wasn’t expecting it to vilify animal products. That’s a strong word, but it’s not inaccurate. I have listened to this audiobook multiple times before I decided to finally write this review.

This may sound silly, but I actually listen to it sometimes as a calming tool when I’m stressed. I guess it reminds me that I can be in charge of much of my health. So often I have felt that it is completely out of my control.

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

lawson, jenny - lets pretend this never happened( thumbs_up ) Although I like Lawson’s other book better, Furiously Happy, this book is still splendidly hilarious to read. This was Lawson’s first book, and rather than center on her mental illness, it’s focus is on her wildly unusual upbringing. In the beginning narration, she delves into is how she ran into a deer. No, not like running her car into a deer; rather running her body into the opened skin/stomach/organ structured body of a dead deer being cleaned after it was hunted. The stories only go up from there – which seems hard to do, but with her depth of experiences, it is not. I definitely recommend, again, if you like to get an ab work out from laughing while reading.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

lawson, jenny - furiously happy( thumbs_up ) Oh. My. God. I have not read such an amazingly entertaining book, maybe, ever?! I would give this two thumbs up if it wouldn’t mess up my rating system. It may be just that the author speaks my weird language, except even weirder.

This is full of the most unusual sense of humor. The author grew up in unusual circumstances and has severe mental illness, though you wouldn’t know it because she has vowed to be “furiously happy”. I couldn’t stop laughing while listening to the audiobook. I definitely recommend the audiobook versus the legit book, as well. The author narrates it and knows how to make her voice sound like a ditzy white chick all whilst saying such clever things.

I really love this book.

Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

kendrick, anna - scrappy little nobody( thumbs_up ) Oh man, I’m jealous of Kendrick. She has continually productive, manic energy. And she has always had an unrelenting support system to give her the availability of having a ridiculously successful acting career. And her writing… hilarious of course; just like her. Pitch Perfect is one of my favorite movies.

This is a collection of narrated experiences she’s had throughout her life. I read an even funnier book after this, but this is still pretty damn good. It’s not very dramatic, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t interesting.