Reading People by Anne Bogel: A Review

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a big personality assessment nerd, so when I found out that one of my favorite podcasters wrote about book about personality assessments, I had to read it. Anne Bogel takes us through her own journey of eight different personality classifications. It was really interesting because I hadn’t heard of some of these tests (which I will definitely remedy in the near future).
She doesn’t just talk about her own outcome with each of the assessments but also gives a brief overview of the other types in each assessment. She also gives suggestions, whether the free tests you find online will give you an accurate assessment or if you will need to go on a more professional route. She also suggests books that can be helpful for a more in-depth look into your particular type.
I really enjoyed the book, overall. It was like sitting down over coffee with a friend, discussing personalities. It’s not by any means an exhaustive look into personality, but it is a fun jumping off point for several different ways you can look into yourself. Also, I really liked what she said about why we should look into these different perspectives of personality. “When I understand myself, I can get out of my own way.”

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October Favorites

Each month seems to be going by so quickly!  On to my September favorites!

Book of the Month

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I really enjoyed reading this book, even though it was shorter than books I normally read!  It was a delightful collection of essays about reading.  They were so relatable!  I wrote a full review here.

Baby

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Sam seems to be entering the teething phase, so when we have reading time, most of the books end up in his mouth.  On a curious whim, I searched for chew-proof books, and this came up.  So, I bought one, and I love it!  They are five bucks and really are rip and chew proof.  You can check them out here.

Beauty and Fashion

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When I was pregnant, my skin would get super dry, but I wanted a moisturizer that would be safe for me and the baby (and with my anxiety, this was almost an obsessive search).  This is what was recommended, and I’ve continued using it all year.  It isn’t greasy and makes my skin feel great.  If I don’t put it on, especially on drier days, I can feel my skin dry out and tighten.  As we approach winter, this is definitely a good buy.  You can check it out here.

Entertainment

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There haven’t been a lot of shows that I’ve wanted to watch lately.  Even some of the shows that are coming back that I’ve enjoyed in the past.  Having a baby is one good measuring stick for priorities and interests (although it’s not the only one, it’s been a good one for me).  So, when I look forward to each episode of Manifest every week, it says something.

The premise is that a plane disappears for five years but the passengers didn’t age.  In fact, from their experience, it was just a simple flight.  So there is the grief of losing five years, people on the ground moving on, and all that.  And then on top of that, there is a supernatural element as the people on the plane start developing these insight powers, like knowing something is going to happen or where certain things are hidden.  Plus, a lot of the premise is based on Romans 8:28, which is a neat little fact.  Really enjoying it so far.

What are some favorites you have been enjoying this month?

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I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel: A Review

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I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life
by Anne Bogel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The very definition of an absolute delight, Bogel’s short collection of essays on reading will call you to the big, comfy reading chair with a cup of tea in hand.
I have been a listener of her podcast for quite a while now. She is kind, welcoming, and completely relatable to me as a reader. This book is just an extension of that. She writes about her love of books, trips to the library and the bookstore, and confessions that kept me chuckling with a knowing “Amen.”
It was quite meta to read a book about reading. Still, I loved following her through her journey into reading. I now want to live right next door to a library (very envious of this fact!). And somehow have the inclination to, again, reorganize my bookshelves.
If you love to read, or even if you used to love to read and have lost that feeling somewhere along the way, I would highly recommend diving into this book. It will motivate you to read more and read often.

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August Favorites

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I’m not sure what next week will be like, so I wanted to touch on some favorites now instead of the very end of the month.  One of the goals I had this summer was to get on a walking schedule.  One of the things I started doing on these walks was listening to podcasts, so I thought I would share some of my favorites.

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Hank and John Green are the Vlogbrothers on YouTube.  Separately, they have their own projects, but the Vlogbrothers channel is where it all started.  Basically, each brother would check in with the other once a week, and it grew into this huge community.  Hank has other channels that promote science and education.  John is a YA author who wrote The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns.  And they have done projects with the Gates Foundation, explained various issues that were in the news, and even do a huge fundraising project at the end of the year.  Oh, and they started VidCon, a YouTube Creator convention that gets bigger every year.

Their podcast is only a few years old, I believe.  I can’t remember when I started listening to them, but Michael and I usually have several episodes ready for long road trips.  They give advice (dubious advice, mind you) to people who write in with questions.  They also talk about the news from Mars and AFC Wimbledon (their interests, respectively).  And they also tout the podcast as a comedy show about death, which it’s not really, but sometimes they do get on the topic of extremely weird ways the world could be destroyed (or not so weird ways, I guess).  It’s hilarious, and it’s two brothers sharing life.  Thumbs up.

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I talked about this podcast a bit in my letter to Jen Hatmaker.  So I’m not going to go into great detail about it here.  I am still enjoying it, somewhat, though not every podcast I’ve been able to relate to.  She is in a different life stage than I am and has different priorities.  But for every mom I know, I recommend this one wholeheartedly.

This was a podcast I really just fell into.  After I went through my library of books, changed my office into a library (that I practically live in now), and started reading more this summer, this podcast is perfect.  She talks to some writers but most readers.  In each episode, after getting to know her reader and what that reader likes and doesn’t like, she recommends several books.  There was one podcast this summer where she answered listener questions and did recommendations there too.  Needless to say, I have added several books to my Book-et list from this podcast.

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This is not a current podcast.  I believe it ended in June, and I’m not sure if she will do it again next year.  But Shauna Niequist was the first interview for Jen Hatmaker’s podcast, and I absolutely loved it.  So, I went searching for Niequist’s podcast and found this.  I believe it’s a part of Relevant Magazine which is where Niequist writes?  But, the eight interviews that she does are phenomenal.  I also get a lot of book recommendations from this podcast as well.

And last, but definitely not least, The Happier Podcast with Gretchen Rubin (and her sister Elizabeth Craft).  I really enjoyed the book, The Happiness Project) from this author, and this podcast is basically an extension of that book, plus her other books.  It gives some practical ways to incorporate happiness (or basically organization, relationship maintenance, and self-care) into your life.  The conversation on each podcast is light and, well, happy, which is sometimes needed when I’m waking up in the mornings, getting ready for the day.  This is also the first podcast that I ever listened to, and I highly recommend it!

Do you have any favorites this month?  What podcasts should I add to this list?