What I Read: August 2016

I feel pretty accomplished in saying that I’ve been successful in my goal of blogging more consistently (and intentionally) throughout this past month. Now that school is about to start, I know I’ll have less time per-say, but I’ve also come to realize that it’s more about allocating time wisely than anything else, so I’m hoping to keep the trend going with this here blog of mine. The first book that I read this month has a lot to do with this shift (I Know How She Does It by Laura Vanderkam), so click through to see more of what I mean and to get the low-down on the three other titles that I read this month!

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What I Read: July 2016

My new goal is to do my ‘What I Read’ post on the last day of each month, but for this month, a week or so delayed will have to do. Small disclaimer: two the books I read this month were Law School related and pretty heavy content-wise, and the other two I read were the exact opposite – just some easy summer reads. It’s all about balance, right?

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What I Read: January 2016

So I’m a little behind on my January 31st deadline for the books that I set out to read for last month, but I was self-compassionate this week and gave myself the extension I needed. (Now, I’ll just do it double-time for the month of February :)) I accidentally read 5 books this month (2 were Kindle reads that I read both on the treadmill and on my lunch break at work). But from now on, I’m sticking to the physical books that I own and will reserve treadmill walks and lunch breaks for Audiobooks or Podcasts. So, without further ado, here we go…

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Book Review: ‘Year of Yes’ by Shonda Rhimes

So, I just finished reading Year of Yes by the queen Shonda Rhimes and I have so much to say about it. This is the kind of book that I want to buy one hundred copies of and give to friends, family (I already gave one to my mom), and strangers on the street, to be honest. Maybe it’s because I can relate so keenly to the revelations that Shonda has had as she embarked upon this project, maybe it’s our shared introverted nature, or maybe it’s just because I’m a huge sucker for a story of true transformation – one in which the protagonist goes through their hero’s journey and by the end is completely changed, with new eyes and a fresh perspective on themselves and the world around them. I think I’m always falling for these storylines (whether they be in films or books alike – Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat Pray Love comes to mind) because it gives me, too, hope that I can change and grow and evolve in the ways I most need to if only I have the courage to look fear in the face, and, like the Pink song says, say “I just don’t care” as I keep pushing forward.

I could honestly type about this topic all day long, but I’ll digress for now and instead focus on the main takeaways from this book. If no one reads this post, I’ll still consider it an accomplishment because I will most definitely be turning back and re-reading it in the future.

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So, without further ado, here we go…

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What I Read: December 2015

Hello, everybody!  It’s been far too long since I’ve posted, and since one of my intentions of 2016 is to commit to one post per week, I thought I would start off with a new series I will be doing once monthly that includes short & sweet book reviews from what I’ve read the previous month.

I’m a huge book nerd/hoarder/collector, and since my attention often gets grabbed by a new read, I have made a few vows to myself for this year to change things up a bit, because as much as I love where my curiosity leads me book-wise, I hate the frustration that I feel when reading 10 books at once and not managing to finish a single one in a normal amount of time.

So I made these promises to myself:

  1. I will not buy a single book in 2016.
    • I made this promise to myself for 2015 and it didn’t work out so well, but I have a few new strategies here to help me because I have WAY too many books and it’s getting out of hand.
      • I have a Microsoft Word document on my laptop titled, “Books to Buy in 2017” and I’ve been adding to it as I come across new titles I’m interested in.  (I may ask for a few for my birthday next December, if anything).
      • I think the hardest part about this will be when I walk through McNally Jackson or The Strand or B&N and have to resist buying the books that are calling out to me, but I’ll try adding them to a list on my phone and then transfer it to my Word document and see how that goes. (Maybe I’ll treat myself to one book per month or something, we shall see!)
  2. I will read two fiction and two non-fiction books per month.
    • I’m tracking my progress on Goodreads (feel free to add me as a friend here 🙂 I find it so fun and also really satisfying to track my progress and then write a review at the end.  My friend, Alex, got me back into using this about a week ago and I’m completely addicted.  I’ll write more in-depth reviews on my account, and then the ones I post here will be more succinct (as succinct as I can possibly be, that is – I do love to write).  This current post is only longer because I haven’t written in so long and want to explain my intentions.
    • The reason why I’m reading two fiction alongside two non-fiction is (1) to keep things interesting and (2) to be more balanced in what I’m reading – I tend to go through tons of self-improvement type books while neglecting fiction, and since my word of 2016 is balance, I thought it wise to incorporate fiction into my nighttime reading to help me unwind.

So here we go… [December 2015 Reads]

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