Get Caught Reading Month 2015

May 25, 2015

May is Get Caught Reading Month 2015, so I thought I’d share a bit of my current reading list. I just finished a best- selling book called: the life-changing magic of tidying up – The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo (translated from the Japanese.)

Self-improvement books, though often edifying, are sometimes dense to get through. So it’s a special pleasure to find a book like this. It’s a delightful, breezy read, but at the same time has a lot of wisdom and great ideas. I’m pretty organized and pared down, but the book made me want to grab a roll of black garbage bags and start going through the house! The book has sections with titles like: “Tidy a little a day and you’ll be tidying forever”, “Sort by category, not by location”, ” Arranging clothes: the secret to energizing you closet” and “Don’t underestimate the ‘noise’ of written information”. It’s a little book that’s a great read!

Next on my list is: The Blue Zones Solution – Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People, by Dan Buettner. This is a follow up to Buettner’s best-selling 2009 book, The Blue Zones. In that first book the author and his team identified five places in the world where a disproportionate number of people lived active, healthy lives into their 90’s and even over 100 years old. This included places like Ikaria, Greece and a region of Sardinia, Italy. All well and good, you might think. If you spent your life chasing mountain goats in Sardinia, you might well still be doing it in your 90’s. But what about if a good portion of your time is spent sitting on the 405 Freeway? That’s where, to me, things got really interesting – because one of his Blue Zones is Loma Linda, California. Yes, that Loma Linda, one of the smog capitals of Southern California!

So now in this new book the author and his team have harnessed the secrets of what he calls “longevity hot spots” around the world to create a viable plan for Americans to live longer, healthier lives. I’ve always been into nutrition and health and welcome new insights, so I’m really looking forward to reading this book!