On My Kindle: Fall 2015

goodreads, reading list, book recommendations, on my kindleThis is my most pitiful shortest “On My Kindle” post yet, with only five new additions since my last update on my summer reading. And some of them (three books) were technically read in the winter — after December 21 — because I had a long flight back to the U.S. to spend the holidays with family.I read 40 books in 2015 — not quite as many as in 2014, but I’ll take it. I don’t have as much time for “fun” reading, what with working and school, but I want to try to read a couple books (not textbooks) a month in 2016.In the meantime, here’s what’s been on my Kindle lately:

  1. Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, by Sherry Turkle
  2. When to Rob a Bank: …And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  3. Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, by Gary Taubes
  4. Purity, by Jonathan Franzen
  5. Modern Romance, by Aziz Ansari

I didn’t include “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed and “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell in this list because I finished both of them after the new year, so I’ll count them in my 2016 total. I’ve been reading more nonfiction than fiction, which is good because the English literature major in me naturally leans toward novels.I had high hopes for “Reclaiming Conversation” based on Sherry Turkle’s New York Times column excerpting sections of her book, but I found the book itself was just a longer, much more repetitive version of her column. It did have some good points and eye-opening research, but I was bored by the end (maybe too distracted by my own tablets and digital devices?) and was looking forward to just finishing it.I’d been wanting to read “Why We Get Fat” since learning about it in Gretchen Rubin’s “Better Than Before” and it’s definitely made me rethink my own eating habits and nutrition. I liked “Modern Romance,” which I was expecting to be a funny memoir-ish type of book, but really was more sociological/anthropological research mixed with humor.I always enjoy Jonathan Franzen’s novels and “Purity” was no different. It was probably my favorite of the five books (unsurprisingly, the only work of fiction).As of this writing, I’m already on my third and fourth books of 2016, which is a good start. Classes just restarted this week, after a four-week break — but from now until December 2016 I have NO BREAKS between classes. Like, not even a day. It’ll just be six eight-week classes in a row. I’m a little bit nervous but confident I’ll make it work somehow.Just don’t be surprised if you don’t see an “On My Kindle” post anytime soon!What were your favorite reads of 2015?

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I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

2 thoughts on “On My Kindle: Fall 2015

  1. […] I read 36 books (for pleasure) in 2016. Considering that I was working full time and in school for all but four weeks of 2016, that’s not a bad count — and doesn’t include all the textbooks and academic articles for the six courses I completed. And really, it’s not to shabby compared to my total of 40 books in 2015. […]


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