Book Talk: December 2015

Book Talk

Here’s a recap of what I read in December.  As you can see, I didn’t get through as many books as I usually do.  You can blame this on two culprits: the holidays and discovering Homeland on Netflix.  Damn you, Netflix binging.

I did love everything I read, though.  Here’s the rundown:

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My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

5/5 Stars

You guys.  This book was made for me: feminism and travel.  Gloria Steinem, leader of the Women’s Movement, shares the stories of her life through the lens of all her travels.  Not only are there so many interesting chapters about her vast experiences and decades of fighting for women’s rights, you get wisdom and insight from all the places she’s been in her life – and this woman TRAVELED!

You clearly see that the negative press she’s received throughout her life as being a man-hater or excited baby killer is completely unfounded.  In fact, she spends much of the beginning of the book lovingly recounting her life with her father.  It was a delightful description of positive feminism.  It was such a joy for me to read this book.  I closed it feeling inspired and reinvigorated.  (If you are sensitive to the discussion of being pro-choice or cringe with liberal politics, it’s not for you.)

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WomanCode: Perfect Your Cycle, Amplify Your Fertility, Supercharge Your Sex Drive, and Become a Power Source by Alisa Vitti

4.5/5 Stars

I first heard a podcast interview with Alisa Vitti on The Jess Lively Show (one of my favorite weekly podcasts.)  For the first time IN MY LIFE, I started to realize that we, as women, live on a 24-hour cycle of being even though our bodies are running on a 4-week cycle.  I was intrigued and bought the book.

Seriously, I learned more about my body and health as a female in this book than I’ve ever learned before.  I cannot believe all this information isn’t common knowledge.  From eating and exercising along with where we are on our cycle, to what is actually happening in our bodies. I recommend that every single woman read this (especially those between puberty and menopause.)

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

4.5/5 Stars

I discovered Kristin Hannah’s work years ago, and I’ve loved every novel I’ve read by her.  But I think this is her masterpiece (which is agreed on Amazon with a 5-star average rating and over 16,000 reviews!)

The Nightingale brings us to WWII in France and gives us a glimpse into the war the women were fighting back home.   One sister fights by doing everything she can to save her home and child; one sister fights by spying, illegally distributing literature, and bringing allies to safety.  It’s beautiful, intense, properly disturbing, haunting, and a refreshing view of the women in WWII.

What have you read recently??  Let me know in the comments!  I always love taking a peak at other people’s bookshelves (or Kindles for our generation) :)


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26 thoughts on “Book Talk: December 2015

    • January 4, 2016 at 7:49 pm
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      WomanCode is definitely worth checking out!!!

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  • January 4, 2016 at 8:26 am
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    I have been thinking about adding nightingale to my reading list and you just sold me! Thanks for sharing!

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    • January 4, 2016 at 7:49 pm
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      It’s a great one!!

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  • January 4, 2016 at 8:28 am
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    I would like to read the Gloria Steinem book! The Nightingale is waiting on my Kindle — I plan to read it this year. – Trish

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    • January 4, 2016 at 7:49 pm
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      Both are so great!

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  • January 4, 2016 at 9:09 am
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    Sounds like great books! I’ll definitely be reading ‘My Life On The Road’! :)

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    • January 4, 2016 at 7:50 pm
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      I’m sure you’ll love it!

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  • January 4, 2016 at 9:28 am
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    I read The Nightingale this year too and loved it! I’ll have to check out the other books you recommended. :)

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    • January 4, 2016 at 7:50 pm
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      It’s such a great novel!

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  • January 4, 2016 at 10:07 am
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    I love how much you read and then recap it. Now I know what books I should…or shouldn’t read! Whenever I finally get around to reading again, I know who I need to talk to!

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    • January 4, 2016 at 7:50 pm
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      Thanks, Amber! I’m hoping to add some extra reading lists throughout the year – so definitely keep checking in :)

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    • January 4, 2016 at 7:50 pm
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      It’s so great!

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  • January 4, 2016 at 3:59 pm
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    Woman Code looks amazing. I taught a high school Women’s Studies elective this year for the first time. I have see Nightingale on many reading list, so I’m adding it to mine. I didn’t have as many books as I hoped on my reading post in December, but I want to do 52 this year.

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    • January 4, 2016 at 7:51 pm
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      That’s amazing that a high school offers a women’s studies elective! Love that! Definitely try both :)

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  • January 4, 2016 at 5:27 pm
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    I haven’t picked up a book in my leisure for a while, but I keep hearing about The Nightingale and definitely want to check it out!

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    • January 4, 2016 at 7:51 pm
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      Do it! You won’t be disappointed :)

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  • January 4, 2016 at 9:08 pm
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    Ooh I’ll have to check some of these out.
    Thanks for sharing.

    xoxo, Jenny

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  • January 5, 2016 at 12:43 am
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    I’m always on the hint for some good books to read! Thank you for sharing your list!

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  • January 5, 2016 at 7:26 am
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    I just got Nightingale from the library! I’m not usually a huge fan of historical fiction, but I am super excited to check this one out, since everyone is raving about it!!

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  • January 5, 2016 at 8:54 am
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    thank you for the great recs! I was looking for some good ones to start the new year! xx

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  • January 5, 2016 at 9:15 pm
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    Thanks for the recommendations! I’m on a little hiatus from graduate school since I’m out of online classes and have to wait until the summer to complete my internship, so I have so much free time and I want to fill a lot of it reading awesome books.

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

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    • January 9, 2016 at 8:29 pm
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      I feel ya. I couldn’t wait to graduate, so I could start reading all the books I wanted to again :)

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  • January 18, 2016 at 11:57 pm
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    I’m reading Catcher in the Rye right now, but I just finished All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and Bossypants by Tina Fey. Favorite books from last year: These Is My Words (can’t remember author name), and Island by Aldous Huxley. Island kind of blew my mind. I highlighted half the book because I’ve been feeling like our culture in America is completely backasswards. If you’re into that, Aldous Huxley was a genius ahead of his time.

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