Thursday, February 2, 2012


I'm reading some fancy shmancy books right now, so I should document them before I start reading something lame. Note: I'm placing the Amazon links so you can go see the reviews if interested--I usually do that before committing to a book. Bonus: if you buy it from my link, I'll make about a quarter and we can go share half a cupcake.

Book. Shelf. Heaven.

On my college graduate's shelf: Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science, by Charles Wheelan. Recommended to my my dear friend, Holly, this book is a specter from the gods. I am what Wheelan would call "economically illiterate." I didn't take Econ 101 in college because I was afraid of the GPA hit. Now I'm even more glad I didn't take that academic gauntlet because all I ever really wanted to know is in this wonderfully accessible book. I'm only 17 pages in and it's already on the top of my bookshelf--that it's validating my deeply-held belief in social exchange theory is perhaps why.

On my hippie's shelf: Force of Nature: The Unlikely Story of Wal-Mart's Green Revolution, by Edward Humes. I snagged this green puppy off the "New Nonfiction" rack at the Provo Public Library. It's a fascinating account of how the behemoth devil of capitalism decides to undertake a massive internal revolution to benefit both (gasp) business and the environment. It's making me feel nostalgic for my Washingtonian roots.

Also on the same shelf, Tomatoland, by Barry Estabrook. Just getting into this one, also from the "New Nonfiction" section of the library. More horror than nonfiction, this is all about the adulteration of the lovely tomato at the hands of the ever-evil food industry. I can't wait to have a garden so I can grow my own pure tomatoes.

On my feminist's shelf: The Awakening, by Kate Chopin. Book group and a twisted sense of my huwomanity led to this pick. How have I not read this before? The first line mentions a parrot ... should be interesting.

On my health nut's shelf: The Green Smoothie Diet, by Robyn Openshaw. Greens=healthy and gross-tasting if not covered in butter or dressing. This book explains the idea behind green smoothies-duh! Basic premise: put the spinach in a blender with fruit. Done. Just filter out the mid-book quakery about colon cleanses. Ick.

On my girl's shelf: Persuasion, by Jane Austen. I need to read this because I want to watch the movie and books are always better when read pre-movie. Also, because I'm female.

On my exercising every last ounce of self-control not to start yet because I'm reading too many books shelf: The Well of Ascension, by Brandon Sanderson.

I am, as my brother-in-law would say, "a raging fantasy nerd."

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  1. I can't wait till I can have my own garden, grow tomatoes, and then let 'em rot!

  2. Are you actually reading all of these at the same time? And how are those books on a shelf in the picture? And how can you NOT mention Graham even once? And what are you enriching HIS mind with? And is he eating anything, yet?

  3. When you are done with Persuasion please watch the 1995 version with Cirian Hinds and Amanda Root. The newer versions are awful!!! And please read Roald Dahl to Graham in the future. Every child needs to experience strange and weird literature as early as possible.

  4. One time someone bought a grand piano through one of my Amazon links. It was the best day. I made two dollars and ten cents!

  5. Are those your real book shelves? I love it! But I think that I would be too tempted to put too many books on them, and that would make a mess on my wall.

    I read "The Awakening" in high school and didn't really love it, but I want to read it now that I'm an adult.


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