Currently Reading & My Book Backlog – March 2020

Hello and happy Friday friends! I hope all of you have been having a good week so far πŸ™‚

I thought I would pop on in today and chat with you all about what I have been reading and what I plan to read. I am always curious about what other people are reading, so it might be interesting to share my current reads and what I have planned to read.

Currently Reading

Typically I like to read one book at a time.. but lately I have been bouncing back and forth between two books. While I enjoy the satisfaction of finishing a book in a timely manner, it has been nice bouncing between two similar but very different books.

Gender and Our Brains: How New Neuroscience Explodes the Myths of the Male and Female Minds by Gina Rippon

I stumbled upon this book back in September or so when I was in Chicago for a few days. My grandma and I were walking through a Barnes and Nobles when I spotted a book with a hot pink spine and blue accents across the front cover. My eyes were drawn to the book initially from its bright colors but my attention quickly moved to its title. Gender and Our Brains, I remember thinking, how interesting..

I picked up the book curiously and began to read the summary. I soon realized that I knew very little about gender and it’s effects on the brain and as a result, my interest was captured. How much of what I believe about the differences between the gendered brain was actually based on stereotypes rather than actual science?

I am currently about half way through this book and am enjoying it thus far. I have already learned a lot about the brain and how it evolves throughout one’s lifetime. I still have another 200 or so pages left.. so I am sure there is still a lot more for me to learn.

Why I chose the book: wanted to learn more about the brain and how gender plays a role in it’s functioning and development. I have also always been very interested in Psychology and probably would have even studied Psychology in college if I actually wanted to pursue a career as a Psychologist. I preferred business though 😬 Now that I am out of school, why not learn more about Psychology on my own?

Thoughts on book so far: I am currently enjoying reading this book.. but I do have to say that it is not a light read. There are 448 pages, some of which dive deep into the research they performed to arrive at the conclusions of their studies. While this is interesting to learn about, it can be a bit much when I am sitting on the train at 7:00 am reading. I would definitely recommend this book to those of you who enjoy learning about new research and psychology but maybe not to those of you who prefer light reading. This book is dense!

Where to buy the book: click here to view on Amazon.

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb

This book I actually chose to read after seeing raving reviews online about the book and then having my college’s alumni book club select this book as this quarter’s book club choice. I actually chose to use my free audible trial for this book and honestly, I am loving it!

This book is about a Psychologist that shares a few of her patients stories and beautifully weaves in her own throughout the book. It is both well written and interesting to read. I have been listening to this book on the train home after work as my “light” read for the day.

Why I chose to read this book: its great reviews and because it is my college’s alumni book club choice for this quarter. I also enjoy reading about psychology, so there’s that.

Thoughts on book so far: I love the narrator, which is the author – Lori, and learning more about her patients. I feel like I am sitting in her office with her while she is working with her patients – which is pretty cool. I definitely would recommend this book for anyone that enjoys learning about psychology but also does not want a heavy read.

Where you can find this book: click here to view on Amazon.

[UPDATE: I just finished this book and absolutely loved it all πŸ™‚ Let me know if you would like me to write a book review on here!]

My Book Backlog

Once I finish both Maybe You Should Talk to Someone and Gender and Our Brains, I plan on reading two books – this time centered around business.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

I am really excited to read this book. I am someone who always seems to be running 10,000 miles an hour, so I always enjoy learning more about improving efficiency and productivity!

Where you can find this book: click here to view on Amazon.

High Output Management by Andrew Grove

This book I am actually going to read for work. We are planning on implementing OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) for our team, so I had a coworker of mine recommend that I read this book to help me with setting goals for this year. He actually had this book and has lent it to me, so I hope to read it soon after finishing the two books I am currently reading.

Where to find this book: click here to view on Amazon.

Circe by Madeline Miller

I actually overheard one of my coworkers chatting about this book and happened to say while I walked by her that I heard it was a great book. She then yelled back, “do you want to borrow it?”. “Sure!” I said as I walked to the kitchen to fill up my coffee cup.

Well, the next day I found the book sitting on my desk! I have quite a few books on my book backlog at this time, but I am already so excited to read this book.

Now your turn!

~ Are you currently reading any books? If so, which one(s)?

~ Are there any books you hope to read in the future?

One thought on “Currently Reading & My Book Backlog – March 2020

  1. I’ve fallen so behind on reading books that I’m disappointed in myself! those books sound so intriguing to read, and right up my alley! I would love to read, Maybe You Should Talk To Someone, especially! I have so many books on my list that I want to read, one being a Nicholas Sparks book, haha.


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