February 17, 2016



1. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho -- I didn't get a chance to read The Alchemist last month, so it stays at the top of the list!

2. The Red Tent, Anita Diamant -- This is the pick for my book club this month. Loosely based on the biblical story of Dinah, The Red Tent explores women's lives during ancient times and the relationships between Dinah and other women in her family. This is not a book I would usually choose for myself, but I am really  looking forward to reading it because I have only heard rave reviews.

3. Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit -- In Men Explain Things to Me is actually a book of seven essays written by Solnit. It takes a hard look into how women and men communicate, particularly with explaining  (and mansplaining). I find gender, sex, and feminism very fascinating, so I am looking forward to expanding my mind on the subject(s). Another one that has gotten rave reviews!



So, I didn't really read all that much this month. I only got to Eating Animals, but I still have The Alchemist and The Secret History of Chanel No. 5 on my list of books to read.

1. Eating Animals - This book was the pick for the book club I belong to. I wasn't thrilled to read it because I felt like I already knew about factory farming, and to be frank I just really like meat. I consider food to be a huge part of culture and experiences, so I don't like to limit myself and what I will try. But, I read the book and it really changed my views on food. I won't dive too far in to the details, but it made me feel completely uneducated on factory farming and enough so to considerably cut down on my meat consumption. I now only eat meat if I am at another person's house or if I am sharing a meal at a restaurant. I haven't purchased meat at the grocery store in a month now, and I am actually really enjoying my new pseudo vegetarianism. If you have any good veggie recipes, please send them my way!

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