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23 March 2016 @ 02:07 am
February/March 2016 Reads  
I am still reading! It's a miracle... so let's get to it while I am still writing!
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Go Set a Watchman (To Kill a Mockingbird, #2) by Harper Lee
After finshing Mindy's book, I wanted to go back to fiction and remembered a friend mentioning this book. I LOVED To Kill a Mockingbird but I wish people stopped comparing this to that because that really set the bar too high. If this was a draft of that and then revised years after it came out, of coruse it will seem shocking to some people. I personally thought it made sense. Times change, so do people. Either way, I wasn't too big on it but I did enjoy somewhat of a flashback to my love for Scout.

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
I found this and a bunch of other books on a list that said Mindy loved these books. Oh my gosh, HOW DID I NEVER HEAR ABOUT JHUMPA BEFORE?! This book was quite bittersweet but it sort of reminded me of my constant inner dialogue of being from two different thought processes. I sort of brought me back, in a sense. I also loved how I read a short story while in transportation between locations, because each story was the perfect length! Not only were the stories relatable and well-written but they were the right length?? How is that even possible. Mindy's supposid list had won my heart!

- America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Back-Room Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System by Steven Brill
I figured it was worth a shot to go back to non-fiction and I loved the first chapter of this and the idea behind this book. Turns out... that's all I loved. I sort of wish "Politics" was highlighted and underlined in the long title of this book. I mean I guess the politics were part of the fight to fix our broken healthcare system but seeing I'm not a political person, it did me no good reading about the different rooms and people it had to go through with different money allocations and considerations. Snooze.

- The Girl in the Green Raincoat (Tess Monaghan, #11) by Laura Lippman
Bitter Pill made me want to go back to fiction and so I found another Mindy-Rec* (tm). Oh man, this book tug the heart strings of my childhood. I used to love Mary Kate and Ashley Adventures and write mystery novels (that sucked, mind you), so this was a flashback kind of book. It was so well written that it made me think I was reading JAne the Virgin-style detective novela without it being super dramatic. I also have the strong desire to be a detective again because of this.

- Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
The last book lead me to behavioral economics. I loved Freakonomics and Blink and so I figured I need to get back into other similar books. I am not yet done but I will be by the end of this month. Every chapter is enticing with psychological and sociological studies and perspectives. Now this tugs my social science desires. It's funny, I associate this and Freakonomics and Blink as Economics books but it's just leisure reading to me. I think everyone should be aware of everything that goes into... everything, and books like these really help with that from things like start dates to opportunistic times, to the mere idea of practice makes perfect.
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