To me, summer has always been a time to pull the plug and fully lose yourself in a book.
Preferably while lounging near a pool, but it’s been a few years since I’ve been on that kind of vacation. But lying underneath a tree whenever the sun decide to bless Denmark with its precious rays is lovely too.
I wanted to share the books I’ll be reading this summer with you. But I’ll also include books I’ve already read and love, because when you think about it, there’s an element of uncertainty when it comes to recommending books I haven’t read. I mean, what if I just judged the book by its cover, and it turned out to be crap? I think that saying is usually goes the other way around – but English isn’t my native language, so I can get a free pass, right?
By Daniel Kahneman.
Status: Currently reading. I’ll start with the book my nose is currently buried in. This book explores the difference between “fast” and “slow” thinking, where the first is intuitive, unconscious and instant – and often the cause of systematic bias. The slow thinking is what we usually think of as thinking. It’s rational – but it’s also takes effort, which is why we rely on our intuition most of the time (which is fine in some cases and not so fine in others). Well, that’s what I’ve learned so far! I’m very fascinated by heurestics and the systematic errors human brains tend to make (incluing how I can overcome them), and in that context I’ve seen this book recommended so often, it’s about time I read it.
How We Learn to Eat by Bee Wilson
Status: To read. This book explores, well, how we learn to it. That a lot of thoughts and “rules” around food are learned, shaped by family, culture, gender and more.
“The way we learn to eat holds the key to why food has gone so disastrously wrong for so many people. But Wilson also shows that both adults and children have immense potential for learning new, healthy eating habits. An exploration of the extraordinary and surprising origins of our tastes and eating habits, First Bite also shows us how we can change our palates to lead healthier, happier lives.” – Goodreads
The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon
Status: To read. While reading this post you may notice that none of the health and body related books on this list will be about selling diets that’s going to finally make you happy, healthy and/or skinny. On the contrary, they’re about ditching the diet mentality. One step to do that is to learn about the actual research on the connection (or lack of) between health and weight. Because a lot of what we’re told about obesity isn’t true. In many cases, being heavy and being unhealthy is only correlated, being heavy isn’t the cause of bad health. And Linda Bacon is your woman when it comes learning about the scientific evidence on health and weight.
The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ by Giulia Enders.
Status: Read. Gut is a good and surprisingly entertaining introduction to your digestive system, the wonderful little organisms that live there and how they can affect your health in good and bad ways. Gut health is a fairly new and very interesting area of research that’s starting to get more attention – and this book is for you if you’re curious about the gut and want to learn the basics of it (or just like funny drawings of intestines and bacteria).
The danish title, Tarme med Charme, is so much better though. It directly translates to Intestines with Charm. I’m trying to come up with an equally good rhyme in English, but so far all I got is Gut with Strut. That’s not really a best seller title, is it?
Why we do what we do in life and business by Charles Duhigg.
Status: Read. I found this very fascinating, as habits, consciously created or not, control so much of what we do everyday without us even thinking about. The book focuses on how habits form as well as the science behind them. And it explores how the brains affection for habits can be taken advantage of when it comes to creating good habits in life as well as in business. The first part was especially helpful for me, and I actively used what I learned from this book when I was coming out of a period of depression for both simple things like remembering to brush my teeth and for going to the gym again.
How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life by Kelsey Miller
Status: To read. I just listened to Kelsey Miller on Laura Thomas podcast, Don’t Salt my Game, and I need more of her. The book is about her life with crash-dieting, struggling with food and her body image to embracing intuitive eating and accepting her body.
“This is a memoir for anyone who’s grappled with a distorted body image, food issues, or a dysfunctional family. It’s for late bloomers and the not-yet-bloomed. It’s for everyone who’s tried and failed and felt like a big, fat, loser. So, basically, everyone.” – Goodreads
How to stop spending time you don’t have with people like doing things you don’t want to do (A Practical Parody) by Sarah Knight.
“This brilliant, hilarious, and practical parody of Marie Kondo’s bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt–and give your f*cks instead to people and things that make you happy.” – Amazon
Status: To read. I’ve seen a few other bloggers write about this book, and I really want to read it because 1. It seems funny 2. I’m very guilty of overthinking/caring too much about stuff that doesn’t matter.
A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
Status: To read. I’ve heard so many good things about this book lately in the eating disorder recovery & body positive corners of Instagram, and I want to experience Roxane’s writing for myself.
“With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved—in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.” – Goodreads
Quacks, Hacks and Big Pharma Flacks by Ben Goldacre.
Status: To read. Debunking pseudo science and calling out the people (hello morning talk shows) who spread it? I’m all in, baby.
(Also pictured: I Think You’ll Find It’s a Bit More Complicated Than That, which is on my to read-list too, once I finish Bad Science)
By George R. R. Martin.
Status: Read. Now, I can’t write book recommendations without including the most epic book series ever. Also while I’m writing this post I’m watching Game of Thrones fan theori videos because I’m too hyped about the new season.
Up next is two books by possible the most tragically funny human, Jenny Lawson.
A mostly true memoir by Jenny Lawson
Status: Read. I received both these books for Christmas a few years back. I didn’t really know anything about the Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess). I didn’t know I’d fighting to keep in laughting spurts every single chapter (and I never laugh out loud while reading). No one from my family has read these books yet, but they’re very fascinate by them; partly because I laughed so much reading them, partly because there’s a dead, dressed up mouse on one cover, and a crazy racoon on the other.
A funny book about horrible things by Jenny Lawson.
Status: Read. This is the book. The book that made me laugh and cry the most. The thing is, Jenny Lawson has a lot of health issues, physically and mentally. And sometimes that’s very tragic. But somehow, she manages to be incredibly funny without making light of how difficult it is, which is something that inspires me immensely, both personally and blogging wise.
Status: Read. I was introduced to Hosseini’s Kite Runner by my then boyfriend, who came from Afghanistan too. These books are so well-written, and evokes so many emotions, including hearbreak.
By Kathryn Stockett (Called Niceville in the Danish edition)
Status: Read. This novel is about women in Missisippi, 1962. Abileen, a black maid, Minny her best friend (maid as well) and Skeeter, a white ambitious woman. You should read this book if not to learn more about the personal implications of racism at the time, then to learn an excellent pie recipe.
A Handbook for Unapologetic Living by Jes Baker
Status: To read. I follow Jes on Instagram (you may know her as themilitantbaker on there). She’s a body liberation activist, and she’s not afraid to call out and demand more from “body positivity-light” movements. Here’s some of the things she wants fat girls to know:
- It’s Possible to Love Your Body (Today. Now.)
- You Can Train You Brain to Play Nice
- Your Weight Is Not a Reflection Of Your Worth
- Changing Your Tumblr Feed Will Change Your Life
- Salad Will Not Get You to Heaven
- Cheesecake Will Not Send You to Hell
1. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economists Explores the Hidden Side of Everything / 2. SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance / 3. Think Life A Freak / 4. When To Rob A Bank and 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants by Stephen Dubner and Steven Lewitt
Status: Read. Well the Steph/vens has published 4 books together in total, I own all of them, yet somehow the first has gone missing. And I have no idea who I may have lent it to?? Anyway, I find the Freakonomics guys very fascinating, and frequently listing to their podcast. I don’t necessarily agree with everything they say and do, but the way they use economics and creative ways of thinking is incredibly fascinating, and it’s hard not to be surprised by what you learn from these books.
What’s on your “to read”-list this year? And if you could recommend one book to me and the other readers, what would it be? Please let me know in the comments!