February Reading

Two great books completed this month…

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

The book is the women who’s cells became the first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, that are still alive today. The author does an excellent job of conveying this story without overwhelming the reader with all the scientific detail. It was interesting, heartbreaking, and enlightening. This book made me rethink what I thought I knew and felt about race and American history by giving it a new more “human” perspective. I highly recommend this book!

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun.
by Gretchen Rubin 

This book is Gretchen’s personal year long project towards more happiness. She details how she went about it and how it all worked out for her. It is certainly not meant to be a self-help one size fits all solutions. Though it definitely has inspiring ideas on making positive changes in your life without changing how you live, and finding more happiness in the life you are living. I loved this tidbit from the book, “Activities that contribute to long-term happiness don’t always make me feel good in the short term; in fact they’re sometimes downright unpleasant.”

For March I’ve added Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese to my current reading list. I wish I could blame the short month for the lack of reading, but honestly I just need to be using my time better to take more time for reading.


  1. jilly says:

    I just put The Happiness Project on my Nook, I need to make more time to read, I miss it so much! Looks like a great read!

  2. Biz says:

    Hey, its two more books than I read last month (ahem, maybe even all of last year?!")

    Glad I wasn't the only single momma to serve ramen noodles – thank God our kids liked them, but I agree, never would have been my first choice! 😀

  3. Jody says:

    Once again NEITHER book in my library two houses away…must order and wait! Remember this when you buy a house in a hicktown!

  4. Jacky Hackett says:

    The Happiness Project would be a good audiobook option too.

    @Jody – I bought both, so if you have not gotten them by the next time I see you I will pass them along.

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