February reading (2013)

I completed four books during February, once again failing in my mission to finish five books a month.  I also once again have lots of books half-started, despite repeatedly promising to finish them all!  Anyway, here’s what I did finish…

Eating for England – Nigel Slater

This book is a fascinating look into English food, and products that are unique to our country.  It makes you realise that actually England does have a lot to offer the world, food-wise, despite having a reputation of being rubbish in the kitchen.  Annoyingly, the books isn’t arranged in chapters according to food groups (dinners, shops, biscuits, etc), but rather is a mish-mash of different topics.  Apart from that it’s a good read though!

The Monk who sold his Ferrari – Robin Sharma

I waited ages to read this book, as I kept hoping it would drop in price on the Kindle.  Eventually I got fed up of waiting and bought the book, only to then be disappointed by it.  It’s been on my reading list for years, and is one of those books that people refer to in hushed tones – a book that will change your life.  Personally, I found it mundane, unbelievable, over-simplified and rather condescending.  I think if you want to teach someone morals about life, there are better ways to do it than in a staged conversation between a monk and his former colleague.  The actual message in the book is fine: follow your passions, don’t chase money, be happy, save the world, etc.  All nice sentiments that people should take on board.  I’ve just read better books that teach you this, and I don’t understand why this one is so famous!

Minimalism: live a meaningful life – Joshua Fields Milburn and Ryan Nicodemus

This is an excellent book.  I really like reading books written by bloggers I enjoy, and this is a really good one.  The book centres around five areas of your life; health, relationships, growth, passions and contribution. It explains why these areas of your life are the most important and what you can do to re-balance them and have a great life.  It’s a great read!

Don’t tell Mum I work on the rigs – Paul Carter

This was a re-read, and it was just as funny second time round.  The book is a memoir written by a guy who worked on oil rigs for several decades, and it retells funny stories about the exploits he and his mates got up to.  A very funny read.  Just FYI though, a monkey is accidentally blown up with a coconut, which could be quite upsetting.  Well, the upsetting bit is the fact you will find it hilarious even though an animal died.  It’s that well-written.  Paul Carter is brilliant at writing stories that will getting you laughing your head off.  Read his other books too! (Well, not the motorbike one as I’ve not read that yet, although I assume it’s also hilarious!)