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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Books I've Read: April 2015

Did anyone notice that I didn't have a post about books in March?  No?  Well, that's because I didn't actually finish any books in March.  April was not much better.  I'm just in one of those busy seasons of life, I guess.  I do need to be more intentional with my free time, though.  I find myself wasting bits of my day on the Internet far more frequently than I need to.'s the book I read most of in March, and finally finished this week.

This Is What You Just Put In Your Mouth? by Patrick Di Justo.  (Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books)  I've been on a real food kick for a few years now, so I'm always interested to read what's actually in some of the things that are called food nowadays.  The author says that he's trying to present an unbiased neutral explanation of ingredients, and I think for the most part, he actually succeeds, although some of the things he makes jokes about could be seen as negative if people chose to take it that way.    I liked the breakdown though.

There were two sections to the book: This is what you put in your mouth, and this is what you don't put in your mouth (skin care, make up, cleaners, play doh, etc.).  For each product, there's a list of ingredients and what their purpose is, whether it's flavor, preservative, color, smell, or whatever.  Some of them also have a little anecdote about why he chose to find out about that specific product, or something fun/cool/frustrating that happened while he was trying to find out about it.

Overall, I liked this book.  It was fun to read what was in some of this stuff, and the author has an easy, conversational way of writing.  But.  It obviously didn't hold my interest very well, because even though it would have been easy to pick it up and read the couple pages about the next product, I just didn't.  I got through most of the book in two days, and then finally got around to the rest a month and a half later.

Total books read this month: 1. Total books read this year: 4.

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