For this set of mini reviews, I want to talk about some nonfiction books I’ve read fairly recently and compare them to their movie adaptations. I’d seen all of these movies first before even knowing they were books and when I discovered they were adaptations wanted to check them out in their original format. In each of these cases, I found the book and movie to be fairly complementary but some were slightly stronger in one format or the other.
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Happy Friday! Who else is ready for the weekend?
I’m excited to bring a new series of posts to you today in the form of mini reviews! These will include two to three books that are within the same genre or run along similar veins, and briefly sum up my thoughts on each book in just a short paragraph. It’s likely these will tend to be nonfiction books, but there may be some fiction sprinkled in as well. I hope to post at least one set of mini reviews each month, but it will just depend on how busy life is at the time and how many books I wind up reading.
Today I’ll be reviewing a couple of memoirs: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, by Roxane Gay; and The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich. I listened to both of these on audiobook a few months back and was struck by the similarities despite the difference in their tone and content. Ready to see the reviews?
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Reading People: How Seeing the World Through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything by Anne Bogel
Published by Baker Books on September 19, 2017
Format & Length: e-book, 217
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If the viral Buzzfeed-style personality quizzes are any indication, we are collectively obsessed with the idea of defining and knowing ourselves and our unique place in the world. But what we’re finding is this: knowing which Harry Potter character you are is easy, but actually knowing yourself isn’t as simple as just checking a few boxes on an online quiz.
For readers who long to dig deeper into what makes them uniquely them (and why that matters), popular blogger Anne Bogel has done the hard part–collecting, exploring, and explaining the most popular personality frameworks, such as Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, and others. She explains to readers the life-changing insights that can be gained from each and shares specific, practical real-life applications across all facets of life, including love and marriage, productivity, parenting, the workplace, and spiritual life. In her friendly, relatable style, Bogel shares engaging personal stories that show firsthand how understanding personality can revolutionize the way we live, love, work, and pray.
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The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Published by Vintage Books on February 10, 2004
Genre(s): nonfiction, true crime
Format & Length: paperback, 447
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Bringing Chicago circa 1893 to vivid life. A book that intertwines the true tale of two men – the brilliant architect behind the legendary 1893 World’s Fair, striving to secure America’s place in the world: and the cunning serial killer who used the fair to lure his victims to their death.
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