# One: Eating Animals. By Jonathan Safran Foer.
I got this book for Christmas from a good family friend. Thank you so much! It was truly the perfect present for me.
I alluded to this a few days ago: I am a vegetarian. I wish I could be a vegan but I don’t think my body would let me. I know I need (at least some) animal products in my diet, so until there is a product that can solve that dilemma I will have to eat a few eggs and a bit of cheese. And maybe yogurt. I had one for breakfast today and it was delicious. I haven’t had yogurt in ages.
I had already read/seen much of what Foer discusses in this book elsewhere (books and documentaries on animal cruelty, factory farming, sanitation, sustainability issues), but for some reason his voice really hit home for me. I know some of you will not like the fact that I am vegetarian now (again) but I cannot eat meat after reading this book. It has now been about 2 weeks since I last had meat. That includes fish, mind you – I will not be partaking in seafood cruelty and decimation either. Did you know that if we keep eating fish at our current rate there won’t *be* any fish left in a few decades? I learned that in my oceanography class (senior year elective) but I forgot until I read this book. I had forgotten a lot.
Onto my second great find.
# Two: The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less. By Barry Schwartz.
This was a present from my sister-in-law a few months ago and I just got around to reading it now. I’m still reading it; haven’t finished yet. It is also perfect for me.
This book is about how the ever-increasing number of choices we have today (mainly in the context of choosing between things to buy) is causing us anxiety and leaving us less satisfied with our choices in the end. (There are literally thousands of choices we have to make every day. Thousands upon thousands.)
I think the book’s theme fits in nicely with my own recent passion for minimalism. I have stopped buying just about anything at all that I don’t absolutely need. I don’t “go shopping” anymore. I throw away crap that I don’t need or that I forget I have. And I am so much happier for it! A friend of mine has a motto of “only 100 things” – meaning that you should only own 100 things. I love it. I cannot wait until the day that I only have 100 things. It’s getting closer.