March Wrap Up

April already?! I can’t express how glad I am that winter is behind us and the days are getting longer. I have a pretty good idea of what I’m going to read this month and I’m so stoked. But first, a quick wrap up of March. 

I read six books, four of them were fiction and two were non-fiction. In total I’ve read 17 books this year which means I’m 33% of the way to my goal. This might sound weird but I don’t really want to exceed my goal. There’s a good chance I’ll increase it next year, but right now I’d rather slow down and savour what I’m reading. 

I’ve reviewed all of the fiction books so the links will be attached if you’re interested! For the non-fiction books I’ve included mini reviews below.

Books finished in order of ranking

Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld – 5 stars

Last Day by Luanne Rice- 4.5 stars 

Ask Again Yes by Mary Beth Keane – 4.5 stars

State of the Heart: Exploring the History, Science, and Future of Cardiac Disease by Haider Warraich- 4 stars 

The Camera Never Lies by David Rawlings – 3.5 stars 

The dinner list by Rebecca Serle – 3 stars

With pop culture references and a plethora of research and statistics to back up their opinions, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld put together an outstanding book about improving American society. It would have been a lot more relevant for me if I were an American, but the overall messages should be required reading for everyone. The authors ask questions, like “how can we achieve gender equality?” and then lay out specific actions we can take to make change. They address topics such as racism, the media, class, religion, and more. This book is powerful and it teaches how tolerance, kindness and critical thinking can go a long way.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The title gives an accurate summary of what this book is about, but I was amazed at how much information was squeezed into less than 300 pages. I learned about the heart’s relationship with the immune system, cholesterol, cancer, pregnancy and more. Haider Warraich’s storytelling skills really elevated the quality of this book. He alternates between telling stories of his past patients and presenting cold hard facts in a way that keeps the story engaging.

PS: When I was reading I felt squeamish at times and I had to skip over some sections. I felt equally optimistic and terrified for the future of my own heart, so I warn anyone who feels anxious about their health to proceed with caution if you read this.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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