On My Bookshelf: 7

It's been a little while since I've done one of these! Clearly my summer reading plans are not working out haha

When I finished 7 last week, I knew I had to share. It's been around for over a year now, and I was both nervous and excited to read it. Excited because after reading this post of Jen's, I knew it would be hilarious. And nervous because I knew it would challenge me.

I've been working through The 7 Experiment study this summer, but what I was missing from it were Jen's personal thoughts on the whole process. And that is exactly what 7 is - Jen wrote the book while doing the fasts, not afterwards. It is her real, honest, hilarious and insightful commentary as it happened.

I think the study and the book need to go together. Because if you just read the book, you'd be left wanting to know how to do it yourself and if you just do the study, it leaves you wanting to read about someone who's done it - does that make sense?

The one thing I loved was that in no way does Jen 'push' this on anyone. It would be so easy to with a book like this - "I'm fasting from 7 things for 7 different months, why aren't you??" - but Jen keeps it so  real (spoiler alert: she messes up her own fast) that it never feels preachy.

You should read this book if:

1) You want to learn. Jen did her research y'all. 7 is full of personal stories, yes, but it is also full of relevant information for each of the areas she studied. Really eye opening.

2) You want to laugh. Jen's hilarious. If you have any doubts, go read her post titled, "Worst End of School Year Mom Ever" and the follow up post "That Time I Was on the Today Show".

3) You want to be inspired (and maybe a little challenged). It will probably make you rethink a lot of the ways you do things. How much we waste, how much media we consume, how much we own. This is not a recipe for doing it yourself, but an inspiring way to think about the excess we consume.

I highly recommend this book, even if you have no interest in fasting from anything, 7 is a good read.

Have you read 7? Is it on your need-to-read list?