The month of February, while being the shortest of the year, was a great month for reading. In less than 28 days, I found time to read three books that are worth a recommend. From serial killers to cells, here are some books that you should pick up before the month ends:
Manson: The Life and Times Of Charles Manson >> Jeff Guinn
While a book about infamous killer Charles Manson may not be on the top of everyone's reading list, it's definitely interesting and researched enough to hold my attention. Guinn, who has roots in journalism, spent a substantial amount of time with Manson's "Family," family and friends to shed light on the man seemingly everyone knows. Beginning at his childhood to days after his trial, Guinn tells a story of Manson in a way no news outlets did. I personally found this book compelling because I only knew of Manson as "that crazy, gibberish speaking guy in jail." The 512-page book was so good, I read it in two days straight.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks >> Rebecca Skloot
Rooted in science with a memoir-like twist, this book will leave you feeling smarter and more compassionate. The HeLa cell -- a cell that has been used to cure polio and the like -- isn't just a random cell. Instead, Skloot examines the life behind the woman whose cell was taken without her permission. Written as a personal narrative, Skloot introduces us to Lacks' family and friends, spurring heartfelt emotions about Lacks and activating ethical questions about cell research simultaneously. The writer, who understands science in an easy-to-explain way, will lead you down a path of inspiration and intelligence in a little more than 350 pages.
Three signs of a Miserable Job >> Patrick Lencioni
Having been required to read this book for my office administration class, I initially thought it may be a little silly. However, after a reading this short book before bed for a few nights, I began to realize the importance of what Lencioni wrote. He guides the reader to a fictional character, Brian, who is an amazing manager. Brian has learned the importance of being an effective, motivational manager so much that he has figured out a formula for any employee to be happy. This book holds merit for not only managers but also employees. Rather than being a dull, self-help book, "Three Signs of a Miserable Job" can help you understand why you get the "Sunday Blues," and, after reading this almost 300-page book, you can feel inspired to make any situation happier.
A lot of things sound good in theory: getting up early to run three miles, not waiting until the last minute to write a paper and making a watermelon cake. The latter being the most recent struggle I've had. A watermelon cake sounded like a great idea for my dad's birthday since he's eschewed cakes and candy. Based on inspiration from this pin, I tried to make my own. Here is my journey, and here are some tips and tricks I learned along the way so you can find success:
Note: I started out using two watermelons and then gave up halfway and chopped up one to make a fruit salad. After a few minutes, I resumed my cake making, resulting a perfectly personal watermelon cake.