Thank you for joining me here! I hope you enjoy this series and I’d love to hear from you about what you are reading these days.
Becoming Trader Joe by Joe Coulombe (Length: 332 pages). I listened to this non-fiction book written by the founder of Trader Joe’s, my favorite grocery store. This is a fascinating memoir about how he conceived, executed and tweaked earlier incantations of the Trader Joe’s stores. I really enjoyed his conversational tone and I learned a lot about the grocery business. This book made me even more of a Trader Joe’s fan, and as an audiobook, the book really works well for the format. (There’s a fantastic podcast for fans as well, called Inside Trader Joe’s).
Breath by James Nestor (Length: 301 pages). This book is seriously life-changing. This is another non-fiction book I listened to on audio, and I was fascinated from start to finish. The author shares all of the existing research on how mouth breathing (as well as shallow breathing) are some of the major causes of medical issue such as asthma, ADHD, cavities, etc. and he makes a very convincing case. He shares several concrete steps on how to increase your own nasal breathing and breathing rhythm to benefit your health, your physical fitness and your mental well-being. I’m a convert! (The audiobook is fantastic–but be aware that you may feel silly doing the various breathing exercises if you also listen to books during your daily commute 😉 ).
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (Length: 351 pages). I LOVE this book! It’s an utterly charming romantic comedy about a woman who works in an independent bookstore and has a full, very organized life complete with a daily planner (the pages of which are shared before each chapter). She’s a bit odd, book-obsessed and is a trivia superstar. She is very likeable as a character, which is nice, and there is a found family (for real) angle that makes this a bit deeper than the average romance. The central romance isn’t overly saccharine or cheesy and I enjoyed the ins and outs of the bookstore and its various book clubs. This is a must read if you enjoy romantic comedies. I’ll be checking out more by this author for sure.