The Week In Books, No. 35

In Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think
, Brian Wansink entertainingly unpacks what makes us eat and why. As it turns out, there is a lot of psychology at play in even the simplest of food-related decisions. Wansink and his colleagues do all kinds of fascinating research in which they “trick” people into revealing their thought processes. Even really smart people can’t game the system – Wansink often even tests his grad students who ought to know better. Along the way, Wansink offers ideas for how you can start or keep healthy eating habits by working with your mind rather than against it as most diet plans do. This is not really a weight-loss book, but I imagine if you took Wansink’s advice, you probably wouldn’t NEED weight-loss books. I’d highly recommend this book.

Joyce Carol Oates is one of those authors that you’re supposed to like. She’s an award-winning writer, she teaches at Princeton, her books are best-sellers, and so forth. Can I make a confession though? I really didn’t care for this book. I trudged through over 200 pages of it before I admitted to myself that I didn’t like the writing, didn’t care about the characters, couldn’t care less about what happened to the plot, and was wasting my time reading this book. Sometimes I finish books I don’t like just to see how they come out in the end. With The Gravedigger’s Daughter
I realized I didn’t have the slightest bit of curiosity about the ending, or the rest of the middle. So I put it down and moved on to better things. Life is too short to slog through books you don’t like, especially if you’re not getting paid for it or being graded on it.

Also Completed:
Psalms (2nd time), Song of Songs, Revelation

Currently Reading:
Psalms (3rd), Proverbs, Isaiah, John, Acts (2nd)
“Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver
“301 Simple Things You Can Do To Sell Your Home Now…” by Tery B. Clark

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