What I Read: First Half of 2017
I'm back again with a review of the books I've read so far this year. It's a pretty diverse group of mostly non-fiction with some definite winners.
For anyone who looks at a list of 12 books and thinks "I wish I had time to read two books a month" - the only time I read consistently is right before I fall asleep... which is about 5-10 minutes at a time. Next time you go to open your Facebook or Instagram, set a timer for 10 minutes and see how quickly you can waste 10 minutes. Then put down your phone and pick up a book for 10 minutes. We all have to make choices! Don't complain about not having time just because you make the choice not to make it.
- Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates - this was my least favorite history book that I've read since I started my history binge. I do have to admit that I never even heard of this event before...
- Kiling Reagan - Loved this one! I love most of the books in the "Killing" series, but Reagan is pretty fascinating to me so this one is a must read.
- George Washington’s Secret Six - Also a really good one! I love revolutionary time and there's also a show on AMC called Turn which is about the same story. The book helped me understand the show better.
- In progress: Churchill and Orwell - will report back!
Non-fiction: Health or Fitness
- Wired to Eat: Turn Off Cravings, Rewire Your Appetite for Weight Loss, and Determine the Foods That Work for You - I never preorder books, but I was so excited for this that I actually preordered it. It's a book that I've already gone back and referenced and will continue to do so.
- Primal Endurance: Escape chronic cardio and carbohydrate dependency and become a fat burning beast! (2nd time reading) - I LOVE this. I think all endurance athletes should train this way, but admittedly, I'm terrible about reigning in the intensity and getting stuck in the grey zone. If you're a runner, cyclist, or triathlete, BUY THIS!
- Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food - This started off sloooow for me because of all the science around genetics. However, if you're still eating canola oil (even "non-GMO") then you must read this. I quit all bad oils (salad dressing, Whole Foods hot bar items with canola, etc.) immediately after reading this. Plus, she's Kobe's nutritionist, so that's cool.
- Running on Air: The Revolutionary Way to Run Better by Breathing Smarter - this has been sitting on my bookshelf for probably 4 years. I finally picked it up and it's a quick but really actionable read about how to breathe when you run. It sounds obvious, but I ran 13 seconds/mile faster in my recent triathlon (over a longer distance) while using the technique.
Non-fiction: Personal Development
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life - I've recommended this book to a few people and I actually want to read it again. If you haven't already, read this one.
- God Will Make a Way: What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do - I picked this up because I like Henry Cloud's writing and it's a great book if you need some encouragement for getting through what you're going through.
- The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage - I'm not sure she needed to write an entire book about this, so I would skip the book and listen to the podcasts she's been on unless you are really interested in reading a lot of success stories clipped from social media. But I love the tool so definitely listen to these: Entreleadership or School of Greatness
- In progress: Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers - this is a SUPER long book that you can read piece by piece and jump in any where. Tons of great stuff in it.
- The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds - Very disappointing. I don't even really remember the point. Skip it!
- Where Our Stories Leave Us - my high school classmate wrote this!! How cool. I stayed up all night one night in China reading it. It was super cute and would be a fun summer read. (Plus only $3 on Kindle - no excuse!)
In case you're wondering the order in which I read these, it's pretty mixed:
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
- Where Our Stories Leave Us
- Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
- The Undoing Project
- Kiling Reagan
- Washington’s Spies
- Wired to Eat
- Primal Endurance (2nd time)
- Deep Nutrition
- Running on Air
- God Will Make a Way
- The 5 Second Rule
My To-Read list is too long to post, but I'm always looking for the next addition to the list. Tell me what you've read recently and loved!
Happy Summer Reading, friends!