Exercise Makes You Smarter

sparkLately I have been slacking, and the piles of books on my night stand has been growing. I have to admit that it is hard to crack open a book (even one I want to read) after finishing dense textbook reading for class, but I’m finally getting back to the book reviews. Anyone who loves to read knows that once a book catches you, you have to read until you’re done. That is what happened with this last book, Spark by John Ratey MD. Ratey presents a fascinating look at the way the brain reacts to exercise. No, it won’t be what you want to hear. But he backs up his thinking with proven research and clinical trials. Basically more is better for optimizing your brain function, but none is a recipe for dreaded degenerative diseases. He is very passionate, and he’ll make you want to move (I read the whole book on the treadmill). I challenge you to read this book sitting still. If nothing else it is so great motivation, in a quick and interesting read. He does cite scientific studies, it isn’t too dense, but if it gets to slow for you it is easy to get the gist of the studies without reading all of the details.

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My Reading List: Best Summer Books of 2013

After a gorgeous weekend I am looking forward to some lazy summer days spent lounging around the backyard (or the beach if I’m feeling ambitious enough to fight for a spot). Reading in the sun, drink in hand, is my idea of a perfect summer pastime. Every year, in my usual overly ambitious way, I create a wishlist of summer reads that I never quite make it through. I’m sure this year will be no different, but I still love the promise of a few afternoons spent reading, and the hope that I might finally make a dent in the stacks of books that are taking up my precious closet space.

Here are a few good lists that I’ve found, as well as my own Summer 2013 Book Bucket list.

My 2013 Summer Book List

Must Read Books for Summer 2013 by Bookish

Best Books of 2013 by Huffington Post

The Coffee Table Dish

What story does your coffee table tell?

So you’re twenty (and change) and you’re in your first place. Congratulations, sure coming home to a fully stocked fridge was awesome, but so is your very own…coffee table. There is nothing like entering a friend’s house and perusing their bookshelf. But many would argue that even more can be discovered by taking a peek at their coffee table reads. Are you an aspiring fashionista, an art nouveau connoisseur, an outdoor enthusiast? Have you ever thought about how much one little stack of books can say about you? I have, and here are some of my favorites…

The Comedian

So you Think You’re a Hipster//Adulting: How to Become an Adult in 468 Easy(ish) Steps//Don’t Worry It Gets Worse//My Bleeping Family Mad Libs//I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats//F for Effort!: More of the Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answer

The Fashionista

The Satorialist//Who What Wear//Paris Street Style: A Guide to Effortless Chic//Kate Spade: Things We Love//Style//Little Black Dress

Biking Around On The Best Vintage Bikes

What says summer like a vintage inspired bike? Not much. Maybe a drink with an umbrella. But that doesn’t count, and it isn’t nearly as good for you as a ride around the neighborhood with your newest accessory. While these bikes might remain on my wishlist for some time (they are pricey!) they still conjure images of women riding around the city with little dogs and bouquets of flower in tow. Some of the more affordable models can be found on Amazon, but my favorite site so far is Adeline Adeline.

Quick Get In Some Summertime Bike Rides