Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Another One Bites the Dust

Sorry I've been absent.  I've been attempting to enjoy my break.  So far, so good.  I've been working as well as exercising and catching up with friends.  More on that tomorrow!

Some of you may remember that one of my goals for this year is to read 25 books.  It's been a slow start, but I finally finished my second book and am well into my third book.  I know once school is done I'll have a lot more time for reading, so I'm just trying to do the best I can for now.  The book I just finished was a gift from my professor that I have an independent study with (she really is so sweet).

This is it:
I wasn't sure what to make of this book when I got it, but I was intrigued.  It is certainly based in science, but I found it easy to read.  I think the author does a great job at portraying the subject in a way that any reader could understand.  The overall gist of the book is how women change throughout life.  Specifically how hormones shift and change and how that affect how we as women act.  She goes chronologically from conception to the teen years to having children and right through menopause.  It was most interesting to read the about the phases of my life that I have already been through or am currently in.  I found myself agreeing with much of what she was saying based on my own personal experience.

I also found it interesting to read ahead to see what is yet to come.  I think this book can be an informative tool to help women understand more about why we are the way we are.  I also think that the author makes a valid point in that no matter how hard we fight it, men and women are different.  I think the author did a good job of taking the middle ground on the gender issues she brought up in this book.  The only thing criticism of the book I have is that I felt the author needed to point out that even though things like hormones are affecting how we act, we still need to be responsible in our actions and we can't use something like hormone shifts as an excuse when there are currently so many options to help women control them.

I'm now passing this on to my mom to read.  I hope that she'll find it as informative and interesting as I did.  I would recommend reading it and then convincing your significant other to read it because I think it could be eye opening for them.  I would have Patrick read passages that I found particularly interesting.  Have you read this book?  What did you think?

And this is what I'm reading now:
It's been on my radar for awhile now, so I figured I'd take the dive.  I'm about 150 pages in and I'm enjoying it.  Have you read this book?  Thoughts (no spoilers!)?  And did anyone see the movie?  Was it worth watching?

1 comment:

  1. I burned through the Stieg Larsson trilogy SO FAST. Excellent book. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I've been itching to.