Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Podcasts and Books of May (+ an interesting article)

May was quite the month. I traveled to New Jersey for work (and fit in a dinner with my friend Alli and her husband which was the highlight of that trip!), moved in with Phil, and had surgery on my hip within the first 9 days of the month. I wouldn't recommend jamming that much in a 9 day span. The rest of the month was a haze of recovering and going to PT.

My May recap is really short this month. I'm skipping workouts this month because obviously there are no true workouts happening, unless you count the time I spent on a stationary bike or arm bike or my PT exercises. #lame I also didn't capture any outfit photos. It's tough to look or feel cute when you are hobbling around on crutches. So instead I added an interesting article that a friend shared with me this week.


Are PayDay Loans Really as Evil as People Say? by Freakonomics - I thought this was a really fascinating examination of the PayDay Loan industry, which gets a bad rap for charging exorbitant fees for the loans they offer. I thought it was interesting how they calculated the implicit interest rate of renting a car and compared it to PayDay Loans. The comparison makes PayDay loans seem like they aren't so unjust.


I read 5 books in May. My favorite book was the second book of Ken Follett's century series, Winter of the World (which was 900+ pages!!).  I wish I had read it closer to when I read the first book in that series but it was still enjoyable. I highly recommend that series to anyone who enjoys historical fiction. I'm planning to read the final book in the series this summer.

Winter of the World by Ken Follett - 5 stars
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan - 4 stars
Plainsong by Kent Haruf - 4 stars
The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith - 2 stars
Trail of Crumbs by Kim Sunee - 2 stars


Stuff it:  Millennials nix their parents' treasures - This is an interesting article that talks about the generational shift that is happening regarding the accumulation of possessions. This article resonates with me as I've been in such a purging mode and want to continue to purge and limit the amount of goods I accumulate.


Nora said...

900+ page book AND you read four others? You continue to impress me with your reading ways :)

Leigh said...

I started listening to the podcast I'll Have Another by Lindsey Hein (she's a runner/blogger) and she interviews some interesting people. It's helped make my long runs go by quickly!

Raquelita said...

That podcast sounds fascinating, and renting a car is almost always a boondoggle but it really felt shady the last time I rented a car when I was in Europe.

Kelly (She Wears a Red Sox Cap) said...

I'm with Nora- you amaze me! My mom has been trying to convince me to read those Ken Follet books for years but I just never find a good time to read 900+ pages ha ha
Hope June is a much calmer month for you!

missris said...

The millennials article is super interesting! This characterizes me exactly "Many millennials raised in the ­collect-’em-all culture now prefer to live simpler lives with less stuff in smaller downtown spaces, far from the suburban homes...they grew up in." The comments are really something though!

Jeanie said...

The fact that you did all that in one month exhausts me! Even being laid up with surgery, I wouldn't expect THAT many books! Must read that article!

Abby said...

You never cease to amaze me with your reading speed! I'm STILL trudging throughThe Nightengale. But I will say I don't read as much as I should lately!

May was insane for you! I bet your kind of happy to have it pass by! Lots of big milestones - but also the surgery. Welcome, June!!

That is such an interesting article. And SO true! Especially as we enter home buying again. This house is 1000 sq ft smaller than our old house - but we love it so much more! I hate useless stuff and useless space!!
I guess that officially makes me a "millennial" (which I sometimes don't like identifying myself as - lol)

Thanks for sharing!

Stephany said...

I've heard so many good things about those Ken Follett books, but man, a 900-page books sounds overwhelming. Ha! Maybe one day.

katielookingforward said...

downloaded the freakanomics payday episode, it'll finally be a podcast I can listen to at work without feeling guilty (usually I'm listening to comics).

Amber said...

I loved Winter of the World, I think it was my favourite book in that trilogy! I learned so much about WWII while reading it (much of which I have now forgotten sadly). The first book in that trilogy was the first book I ever read that REALLY helped me understand WWI though and how it started and the third book taught me so much about the Berlin Wall that I never knew before. I highly recommend everyone read those books as they are basically like taking a world history lesson! I remember googling so many things while reading them because I couldn't believe certain things had actually happened, like in the 2nd book when they talked about all the people who were mentally disabled that were also taken away and killed during WWII. I had no idea that had happened!!

I will have to listen to that PayDay episode for sure, that's something I found very interesting and was talked about A LOT when I worked at UW.

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

Ooooh I'm going to read that "Stuff It" article. Christopher and I don't want any of our parents stuff. Heck, we don't want most of our stuff it would appear, as we got rid of a tonne of it this year. Feels so good!