*favorites are highlighted
|Jun 2020||Why Buddhism Is True||Robert Wright||UNC Libraries|
clearly meant for a broad audience, very skim-able, but some moderately helpful takeaways
various papers/articles/chapters about environmental valuation
|May 2020||Wilderness and the American Mind (most of it)||Nash||ENEC 309|
|May 2020||How to Be an Antiracist||Ibram X Kendi|
|Apr 2020||Seven Brief Lessons on Physics||Carlo Rovelli|
wonderful. space-time is curved! space IS the gravitational field!! quarks exist as interactions but not as objects!! the multiverse is mind-boggling immense!!! we are all stardust!!!!
|Apr 2020||Everybody Writes||An Handley||Brendan|
|Mar 2020||The Public Policy Theory Primer||Smith & Larimer||PLCY 710|
also read a bunch of papers/chapters about policy analysis
|Mar 2020||Lost in Translation||Sanders|
|Feb 2020||Heart Rate Training||Benson & Connelly|
Obnoxiously male-centric. Also directed towards beginners so felt less relevant to me than Friel's. Also included less of the science behind it all than Friel did. Still helpful to have a different POV, though.
|Jan 2020||Waking Up White||Debbie Irving||Dane?|
vey compelling, well-written, strong relatable voice
|Jan 2020||Total Heart Rate Training||Joe Friel|
informative, but I want more specific workout suggestions. or how to translate a normal workout plan into HR-based training.
|Jan 2020||A Grief Observed||C.S. Louis||Jasen Blakney|
beautifully written, inspired me as a writer
|Dec 2019||Whose Story Is This? Old Conflicts, New Chapters||Rebecca Solnit|
not a fan - she writes off (and kind of mocks) everyone who doesn't share her worldview.
|Dec 2019||Varina||Charles Frazier||Vicki Stocking|
|Dec 2019||Triathlete's Training Bible||Joe Friel||Kelly Anderson|
|Nov 2019||White Fragility||Robin DiAngelo||Dane|
Oct. 2019 (I got distracted by my roommate's Netflix account for the first couple weeks of October - Grey's Anatomy lol)
very good, thought-provoking, somehow less depressing to me than Brave New World - a comparison I find really interesting.
|Sept. 2019||Mating in Captivity||Esther Perel|
interesting but after listening so much to Where Should We Begin, and after reading State of Affairs, I felt there weren't very many new ideas for me to discover here.
|Sept. 2019||The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity||Esther Perel||her podcast|
fascinating! Convinced me that total sexual exclusivity for life is a potentially toxic expectation even in the most compatible of couples. Opened my eyes to the broad spectrum of ways you can negotiate monogamy and the meaning of “commitment" within your relationship. Hammered home the point that being in a relationship does not mean you are entitled to your partner’s sexuality or any other part of their identity; and that it takes a lot of careful, intentional and open communication to work out a system of expectations/commitment that works best within each unique relationship.
|Sept. 2019||Triathlon Science||Joe Friel and Jim Vance||Davis Library|
super interesting; I was more interested in some parts than others (of course) but loved learning about what training approaches are actually evidence-based, and what the evidence is for each technique. For example, one of the easiest ways to increase your biking velocity is by using an aerodynamic bike/position. Also, there is exactly zero evidence that strength training on dry land can make you a faster swimmer. And warmups are pretty important, but there's no scientific evidence that cooldowns have any positive benefit. I am full of triathlon training facts now!
|Sept. 2019||What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal||E. Jean Carroll||Brooke E|
laugh-out-loud funny and also upsetting. Would recommend to anyone.
|August 2019||The Truths We Hold||Kamala Harris|
I felt disappointed that it was so policy-oriented with so little personal detail. But I came away with a deepened respect for her! I especially liked her leadership lessons described in the last chapter.
|July 2019||What I Talk about when I Talk about Running (re-read)||Hakuri Murakami|
just as good the second time! I read it to inspire myself to sign up for that OBX marathon in November.
|July 2019||A Fighting Chance||Elizabeth Warren|
made me love her. I wrote a couple of paragraphs about it on my website!
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
|Susan Cain||Bob Stocking|
good but too long/detailed. Also too binary for my tastes, even though she tries to acknowledge that.
|Jun 2019||Sissy||Jacob Tobia||Joanna|
I couldn't help but compare to Educated, since I read them back-to-back and they're both memoirs by people in their 20s. Sissy brings up some important points about gender but I feeel won't be approachable to (cisgender) people who've never thought about gender. Also I just don't like "sassy" or jokey or self-depricating writing styles. But overall, worth a read if only to hear an oft-unheard perspective.
|Jun 2019||Educated||Tara Westover||Unc admissions book club|
loooooooved it - felt so relatable even though her life is totally bizarre! amazing
|Jun 2019||Alternate Side||Anna Quindlen||June|
liked way more than I expected. clever dialogue, likeable main character even if her inner life can sometimes feel flat.
|May 2019||Factfulness||Hans Rosling||PCG||Uplifting!|
|May 2019||Best Short Stories 2018||Edited by Roxane Gay||PCG|
obviously very good - a little more fantastical / weird than I'd expect but way more sociocultural diversity represented than would be typical - which I love!
Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness
|Thaler and Sunstein||Lauren Zitney|
really interesting; I wish there were a full updated version (as it came out in 2008)—the afterward felt lacking. A lot of the specific examples in the book weren't interesting to me, but the examples that did interest me were super compelling. Overall I think they make a strong argument for the kinds of policy changes they're recommending!
|Mar 2019||The Secret Life of Fat (skimmed)||Sylvia Tara|
dumb. assumes thin = better and doesn't question the sexism pressuring women to be smaller in general
|Mar 2019||The Rosie Project||Graeme Simsion||Julie Gray|
interesting to think about what's going on in the head of someone on the spectrum
|Mar 2019||The Case against Sugar (skimmed)||Gary Taubes|
I liked learning about the sugar industry's influence on not only policy but also public perceptions/opinion
|Mar 2019||Lethal White||Robert Galbraith|
incredible - super complex novel that came together with what felt like a non-predictable ending
|Mar 2019||Career of Evil||Robert Galbraith||excellent but too gruesome for me|
|Jan 2019||Sing, Unburied, Sing||Jesmyn Ward|
excellent insight into the life of a poor black family in Mississippi. I even liked the ghost that showed up towards the end
|Jan 2019||Children of Blood and Bone||Tomi Adeyemi||book club|
love that best-selling fiction by a black woman exists. excellent world-building, but the YA elements (dramatic one-sentence paragraphs, predictable coupling-up of characters) was a little tiresome
|Jan 2019||The Trainable Cat|
John Bradshaw and Sarah Ellis
fascinating... but so far I've been unsuccessful in implementing these techniques
|Jan 2019||Do Cats Hear with Their Feet?||Jake Page||interesting|
|Jan 2019||Cat Watching||Desmond Morris||interesting|
Sustainable Agriculture and Resistance: Transforming Food Production in Cuba (parts)
Martin Bourque, Nilda Perez, Luis Garcia, Fernando Funes
more technical than I wanted, but still very interesting
|Dec 2018||The Silkworm||Robert Galbraith||excellent|
|Dec 2018||Wilderness Tips (stories)||Margaret Atwood||Vicki|
super memorable characters and scenes. liked a lot more than Handmaid's Tale!
|Dec 2018||So Good They Can’t Ignore You||Cal Newport||PCG||fine|
|November 2018||Becoming||Michelle Obama|
loved how personal this is! I was especially interested in her thoughts on balancing a career with motherhood. And her comments on the challenges of being married to Barack Obama!
|November 2018||A Visit from the Goon Squad||Jennifer Egan||incredible|
|November 2018||Lean In||Sheryl Sandberg|
I know she's been criticized for failing to acknowledge how much her money enables her to "lean in," but I still was impressed by how she managed to explain the ways women hold ourselves back--without putting blame on women.
|November 2018||What Happened||Hillary Clinton|
so clear-headed, detailed, and eye-opening. For a Hillary fan, I was shocked to realize how little I actually understood the email scandal-- and that was part of her problem.
|October 2018||The Spy||Paulo Coelho|
a really engaging read but also kind of forgettable.
|October 2018||Land of Lost Borders||Kate Harris||MCF|
incredible. her writing is poetic, but also perfectly captures the monotony of long miles on the road without being boring
|October 2018||The Golden Son||Shilpi Somaya Gowda||MCF|
super engaging. love how she tackles issues of race and culture differences
|September 2018||Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise||Anders Ericsson||Pat||interesting|
|September 2018||Secret Daughter||Shilpi Somaya Gowda||MCF|
good but I couldn't really relate to the strong themes of motherhood (or even daughterhood)
|August 2018||Calypso (most of it)||David Sedaris|
funny but I wasn't motivated to finish it
|August 2018||Anything Is Possible||Elizabeth Strout||excellent. I love her writing.|
|August 2018||Popular (skimmed)||Mitch Prinstein||UNC|
boring - but turns out he's fascinating in person
|August 2018||Born to Run||Christopher McDougal||interesting but too long/detailed|
|August 2018||Socrates in Silicon Valley||Tom Morris||MCF||fine - had to read for work|
Our Towns: A 100,000-mile Journey into the Heart of America
Deborah and James Fallows
UNC Admissions Book Club
fascinating. I thought it would get monotonous or repetitive but it never did!
|July 2018||Astrophysics for People in a Hurry||Neil deGrasse Tyson|
I love that I sort of understand some of these things now!
|June 2018||This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage||Ann Patchett|
Excellent - really insightful into the life of a writer
|June 2018||Between the World and Me||Ta-Nehisi Coates||Excellent|
|June 2018||The Dinner||Herman Koch|
UNC Admissions book club
excellent. dark in a funny way. no redeeming characters.
|May 2018||The First 90 Days||Michael Watkins|
good but more for someone in a new leadership position than someone at the bottom of the ladder
|May 2018||Harry Potter and the Cursed Child||Rowling, Thorne, Tiffany||read like very good fan fiction|
Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the Upward Spiral That Will Change Your Life
I'm trying to get better at buying into this.
|May 2018||Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity||David Allen||MCF|
I think I've been using a lot of these tactics for a long time without realizing.
|April 2018||The Risen||Ron Rash||Lane||boring|
|April 2018||Notes from Underground||Fyodor Dostoyevsky||Michael Mara||good|
|April 2018||Lovely, Dark, Deep||Joyce Carol Oates|
honestly: it was lovely, dark, and deep
|April 2018||Modern Romance (skimmed)||Aziz Ansari||dumb|
|April 2018||Swing Time||Zadie Smith|
good but I couldn't help but compare to Americanah which I just LOVED
|April 2018||Men Without Women||Haruki Murakami|
interesting. couldn't figure out if this was feminist or... antifeminist
|April 2018||Commonwealth||Ann Patchett||Parnassus|
excellent - could relate to large group of siblings with stepsiblings thrown in the mix
|April 2018||The Handmaid's Tale||Margaret Atwood|
really good; but not as mind-blowing as I'd expected
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
|March 2018||The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao||Junot Diaz||Nicole K||excellent|
No Free Lunch: Food and Revolution in Cuba Today (1984)
|Benjamin, Collins, Scott||excellent|
|March 2018||Eileen||Otessa Moshfegh||Sierra Strattner||excellent|
|February 2018||The Basque History of the World||Mark Kurlansky||Rob Bonella||excellent|
|January 2018||Les Miserables (abridged)||Victor Hugo||good|
|January 2018||Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House||Michael Wolff||fascinating|
|January 2018||The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People||Stephen Covey||boring|
|January 2018||Feminist Fight Club||Jessica Bennett||dumb|
|January 2018||Hunchback of Notre Dame (unabridged)||Victor Hugo||excellent|
|December 2017||Love Warrior||Glennon Doyle Melton||Inez||excellent|
|November 2017||Paris||Lonely Planet|
|November 2017||What the Dog Saw||Malcolm Gladwell||interesting|
|November 2017||Barron's GRE||Barron|
|November 2017||It's Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool, Too)||Nora McInerny Purmort||Meredith||good|
|October 2017||GRE Math Workout||Kaplan|
|October 2017||The Power of One||Bryce Courtenay||Hunter||excellent|
|September 2017||Cracking the GRE||Princeton Review||Brian|
|September 2017||The Official Guide to the GRE Revised General Test||ETS||Sangeetha|
|August 2017||My Name Is Lucy Barton||Elizabeth Strout||Parnassus||excellent|
Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Help Others, Do Work that Matters, and Make Smarter Choices about Giving Back
|August 2017||Tuesdays with Morrie (reread)||Mitch Albom||Eleanor||good|
|August 2017||One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest||Ken Kesey||excellent|