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Books Read in September ’16

September marked the first full month of work I’ve had since April – no partial months, no honeymoons, no hiatuses. With work’s consistency, along with my beginning an MBA program, the amount of time I have allotted purely to reading is abbreviated. It also marked the first time in over a year that I’ve had multiple 2+ hour training runs, so I have been pursuing books (a handful on running) that I can listen to.

Over the coming months, I expect my reading will again be turned toward the business world (accounting and copywriting and microeconomics, oh my!), though I’ll still sprinkle in curiosity-fueled picks where I can.

Best September Book:

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance – As CNN pointed out in numerous interviews, Vance’s memoir served as a way of understanding the people who are currently supporting the Republican nominee for President. Hillbilly Elegy is the story of Vance’s childhood growing up amidst poverty and dysfunction in the Rust Belt. Seeing the pain and struggle and pride of his family, and the millions that grew up similar to him, is illuminating, and shows a humanity to a group of people that the media would prefer to cast aside.

Other Non-Fiction Reads:

The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell – I began this book because I wanted a primer on how myths shape and affect the stories we tell ourselves. Though the allusions and references throughout Power of Myth are substantial, I found the conversational format difficult to digest.

The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery – This book delivered on the promise of an interesting story about an octopus, and while it touched on elements of animal intelligence, the book didn’t address consciousness in ways I’d hoped it would.

Other Fiction Reads:

Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal – This is a fantastic story! It’s a fun, food-infused tale told in seemingly disparate chapters that builds to a touching end.