Thank you for joining me for Part Two of my May Book Challenge Update! Since it was a rare month where I finished five books, I split my review post into two parts. Here we go with the last two books of my May reading list.
The Nine Rooms of Happiness by Lucy Danziger & Catherine Birndorf-Completed May 14th
I am a long-time subscriber of “SELF” magazine and was looking forward to reading the editor Lucy Danziger’s book. I loved the premise of the book where the different aspects of your life (family, work, kids, personal time, etc.) are tied to a room in a house. For example, the bathroom is tied to your health and body image because that is where most people go to contemplate those things.
After the initial explanation of the book’s premise, it falls short on offering useful advice. I’m a self-help book junkie and am always looking for ideas to help me to look on the bright side and get the most out of my days, but instead found unhelpful anecdotes about women struggling with their own lives. Being a single woman with no children, I admit that I skimmed over the lengthy chapters dealing with marriage and kids.
Professor’s Guide to Getting Good Grades in College by Lynn Jacobs & Jeremy Hyman-Completed May 21st
The Professors’ Guide begins with a lot of chitchat and explanation of how the authors will be presenting their material in a witty student-friendly fashion, but jumps right in with the useful advice after the introduction.
The nice thing about this book is that is it peppered with anecdotes and ideas from actual professors who have clearly seen and heard it all. Hearing how students come across to them in office hours is especially helpful. Knowing what to ask in office hours has always been a struggle for me, and this book lays down what you need to know (and what it is okay to have no idea about) to be prepared when you step into your professor or teaching assistant’s office.
The advice for writing papers was also helpful. The authors clearly explain the difference between a research and analytic paper, which is extremely helpful to a student just beginning college. Even as an adult student with many years of college behind me, I found this book very helpful. I would recommend it as a gift to a high school senior about to embark on a college career.
To my strictly fiction-reading followers, thank you for bearing with me in my foray into nonfiction this month. I’ll be back to the land of storytelling in June, starting with Speed Shrinking by the talented Susan Shapiro.
Keep your comments and book recommendations coming! Until next time….happy reading!