Wahoo! July was a good reading month. Not only did I read 5 books but they were all really good. These are books 18-22 for the year:
- 18. Boy Erased by Garrard Conley
- 19. The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
- 20. Tribe by Sebastian Junger
- 21. Blackstock's Collections: The Drawings of an Artistic Savant
- 22. Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg
Boy Erased was a great memoir about a teen who is sent to a conversion therapy program that promised to “cure” him of homosexuality. It takes place right here in the Ozarks and was just so fascinating and heart breaking at the same time.
I read The Creative Habit with the year of creative habits book club. This was my second time reading the book and I think I got a lot more out of it this time, probably because I have a better understanding of what it means to have a creative habit.
My husband recommended Tribe. It's a little book about how ancient tribal human behaviors like loyalty, inter-reliance, and cooperation increase during times of turmoil and suffering. It was pretty fascinating, especially considering recent events.
My friend Brittany shared Blackstock's Collections with me. I loved it right away. Gregory L. Blackstock is autistic and an artistic savant. He creates visual lists of everything from wasps to hats to emergency vehicles to noisemakers. This book is pretty great.
And last I read Better Smarter Faster. I read and enjoyed Charles Duhigg's other book, The Power of Habit so this one has been on my list to read since it came out. It looked a little intimidating so it laid on the footstool for a couple weeks before I started it. When I finally did begin, I was pleasantly surprised. Sometimes "productivity" books are kinda boring but this one has great example stories and ideas to put into action right away. I even found a few things to try out on my kids.
This morning I reserved another dozen books from my library so I'll pick those up later this week and see what I end up reading in August.