Books Finished in February: a very non-fiction month for me!
Usually my balance is about 2:1 novel:nonfiction. February featured mostly non-fiction (and really mostly personal development!). I know it’s a genre that many despise but . . . I don’t 🙂
1- Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin – finished 2/11. The overarching ideas in this book are interesting, but I found the ‘methods’ over the top (and I’m someone who can get into a method!) and the language a bit too ranty for my taste. At the same time, it was interesting to see how the concept of FI evolved decades ago. Much has changed and much has remained the same (spend less, earn more, you can be free, etc).
2- Indestractable by Nir Ayal – finished 2/8. This was a quick read and a bit forgettable, but I did enjoy it (and felt it had some valuable takeaways) while I was reading it. That said, I think I like Cal Newport’s books on this topic a little more. I also hate that this particular topic is usually addressed by men who seem to have more freedom to shut themselves off from outside inputs.
3- The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – finished 2/20. Perfect winter read, and I really enjoyed the process of reading it (though I would have preferred a different ending!!). Living somewhere with no winter, books like this give me a seasonality that I crave, and the landscapes and winter “feeling” are captured well in this novel set in Alaska.
4- Mindset by Carol Dweck – finished 2/22. An unexpected ‘add’ to my Q1 list for parenting book club! I actually really liked this book, which was published ~12 years ago and has become a bit of a classic. I have really tried to change some of the language I use for praise around the kids, and it opened me to possibility. There are a few too many repetitive vignettes for my taste, but I felt like the concepts were valuable enough that this wasn’t a deal-breaker.
Allowance Spent in Feb!
Restaurants: Offerdahl’s ($14.37), Starbucks ($6.64), Buca Di Beppo for a work social event ($35), Happea’s for lunch with a friend ($12.78), Starbucks again ($4.23), Starbucks yet again ($5.78), Panera delivered to office ($20.93)
Total = $99.73!! woah and oops. I’d rather not spend that much of my personal allowance on restaurants. Will try to cut that total in half for March!
Boring calamities: Dr Phone, to fix phone screen because I dropped it (and had never bothered to put on a protector, $88.80) + library fee ($1.25)
Total = $90.05
Fun things: Mani / pedi ($54), Silk & Sonder journal ($18), 2 Natori bras ($133.38), returned 2 bras from January (+$136.96), Mindset from above (didn’t have time to get from library so ordered, $11.22)
Total = $79.64
FEBRUARY TOTAL SPENT: $269.42.