I’ve started reading non-fiction again, and it really made me realize why I love to read non-fiction. It’s a great change of pace, and it’s nice to spice life up a little by throwing in little bits if non-fiction every once in a while. Today I’m going to be talking and reviewing Gretchen Rubin’s book Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives.
It was very hard to write this review without being subjective to the way this book influenced me. At first I wasn’t sure about it, a book dealing with habits. Yes we all have habits, and yes some of us have bad habits that we want to change, but how can a book change them. Well this book isn’t set out to change bad habits, or to start good ones, but to bring to the surface, what makes up habits and how we fall into them. As I was reading it made me want to start changing things about my own life; for example I recently started working in an office environment where I sit for 8 hours a day, and I really wish I had more time to walk around, this book opened my eyes to actually wanting to do something about it, and that I should start now instead of waiting for the perfect time or the “tomorrows”.
(Although if I’m being honest, what are the chances I’m gong to start until it’s convenient for me)
Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by: Gretchen Rubin: A very interesting take on habits in our every day lives. This book takes a look at the different habits, as well as the different types of ways each person looks at them. What made it interesting was the fact that the author really dived right in, and explained it all. It really gave the reader something to think about as the pages flipped by. This book was definitely not a self-help book in the slightest, but an informative essay on viewing how changing habits can be possible; it all relates to the type of person you are, and what will work for you, and not other people. The book was well paced with plenty of outside stories, and sources that made it enticing and pleasurable to read. Overall, it’s definitely a book worth checking out, if not to read about habits, but for something a little different, and fact-related to read.