On My Nightstand

My reading habits have steered into the business-ish aisle lately.

In January, I subjected my Book Club to this business gem: Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior. I found it fascinating and many of them were actually interested enough to read it. Which is an accomplishment!

In February, a friend and I were chattering over lunch one day and she shared Gretchen Rubin’s year-long study of happiness, The Happiness Project. Dug it, too. I’d recommend this one to any woman out there who finds herself juggling wifedom, motherhood and a career. With all that going on, it’s easy to lose perspective.

Now I’m on Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture. I stumbled across this one at the library last week. Just a few chapters in but liking it a lot. It’s converging a bunch of topics that I never really thought were linked: rented building,  once-robust parts of town and people’s need to amass large amounts of stuff. I am interested to see where all this goes.

If you have a book or two you’ve enjoyed lately, please share them in the comments. Always on the lookout for good reads!


  • alexandra felsenhardt on Mar 21, 2011 Reply

    “Working in the shadows: by Gabriel Thompson. A story about a journalist who works 3 different immigrant jobs for a year. One of them a poultry plant in NC, some parts are hysterically funny, some parts really sad.

    • Julie Turner on Mar 23, 2011 Reply

      I read a book a few years ago that was similar to that. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich. What an eye opener! Thanks for reading, Alexandra!

  • Rick on Mar 21, 2011 Reply

    Happiness Project is a great book – cool blog to follow as well, Gretchen Rubin keeping things real and focused and timely. Good call on that one.

    • Julie Turner on Mar 21, 2011 Reply

      I do want to dig around on her blog. She did a great job of turning a simple research project for herself into a thought-provoking exercise for other people. Thanks for reading and commenting, too!

  • RFW on Mar 21, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for the tip; I’ve ordered it from my library. The Geography of Bliss offers some thoughts on happiness too.

    • Julie Turner on Mar 21, 2011 Reply


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