September Reading List

September Reading List

Not only do I love to read, but I believe books are meant to be shared.

I always seem to be reading multiple books at once, and my stack of reads on my nightstand never seems to go down because once I finish one book I add another one to the queue. If you’re curious, here’s what I read in September:

  • Braving The WildnernessStrong back. Soft front. Wild heart. Oh man this book. It was so good that I finished it in one sitting and then promptly felt compelled to give it away to a sweet friend because this message of how we are all inextricably connected is a message that is severely needed in this wild world right now. I have tickets to see Brene Brown speak during her book tour in November and to say I am excited is an understatement.
  • What Maddy Maddy Run: This book was hard to read, but it’s an important read. It tells the story of a beautiful young athlete who’s  biggest competition ends up being her online persona. It’s a sad story of a young life taken too soon, and I think women of all ages will be able to relate on some level to the pressures that our digital society put on Maddy.

See past monthly reading lists:

August Reading List

August Reading List

Not only do I love to read, but I believe books are meant to be shared.

I always seem to be reading multiple books at once, and my stack of reads on my nightstand never seems to go down because once I finish one book I add another one to the queue. If you’re curious, here’s what I read in August:

  • Wonder: I saw a preview for this movie, and wanted to be sure I finished the book first. It’s a quick, touching, read about about a young boy that will warm your heart.
  • Wellth: I was introduced to Jacob Wachob through the MindBodyGreen Podcast which led me to be interested in this book. While this read doesn’t reveal anything completely brand new, it is a great reminder on how to live a balanced and healthy life. What I most appreciate about this book is Wachob’s realistic approach to wellness and holistic medicine.

Logging Out

Logging Out

I used to read. A lot.

I would keep a paperback book in my purse so I could pick up wherever I left off on whatever book I was currently reading. I would read a few pages at a restaurant while waiting for our reservation to be ready.  If I got to my workout class early and had a few minutes to kill in the car, I would open my book. And plane rides!? Oh boy! It wasn’t matter of if I would read or not, it was  matter of how many books I could fit in my carry-on because all I would do on the flight – and the ensuing vacation – was read.

But then, something changed.

All the in-between time I spent reading books was slowly replaced over time. While in line at the grocery store, I started pulling my phone out of my purse and idly scrolling. Before bed I would check my apps only to put the phone down and habitually check them again.  And the very worst? At a quick stoplight I pick up my phone to get a quick hit digital dopamine. Ugh.

So recently, I decided to change.

On the Friday before Memorial Day weekend I logged out of every app on my phone. Knowing that this holiday weekend was typically full of oversharing online, I knew it was the perfect weekend to take it completely offline. I did not scroll. I did not swipe. I did not stare. Without all of the social my phone was just that – a phone and was only needed to make a call or send a quick text to confirm plans with friend. What a novel idea!

And guess what happened when I stayed off my phone all weekend? I read an entire book.

I now log out regularly to keep me from the digital distraction and put me in the present moment and back in front of more books.