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One of my goals for 2017 is to read 100 books this year. So, I need to average about 8 books a month. It will be tough, once I start working again but I’m really excited for the challenge. I’d like to read all of the books on my bookshelf this year so I can start fresh! My goal is to make my bookshelf more of a resource library, full of books I’ll read time and again on topics like faith, marriage, travel, military life, and children (someday.) Anyway, that’s not the point of this post. This post is to recap all of the books I read in January. 🙂
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin
This book expands on the author’s viral blog post about 13 things mentally strong people don’t do. I really enjoyed this book, and it helped me to realize some negative habits that I have that are preventing me from being mentally strong. I read it while I was sick with whatever-I-had and feeling sorry for myself for being sick for over a month, and it really reminded me that things aren’t so terrible even if I am still sick.
Boundaries in Marriage by Henry Cloud and John Townsend
I read the original Boundaries book a few years back, so I was thrilled to find an audiobook version of the book that focuses on marriage. Andy and I listened to this book on our trip to Bardstown as well as on our trip home for Thanksgiving. We both really liked it and it gave us a lot to talk and think about, but we had some trouble with the audiobook– we could never tell when the CD was finished! It would automatically start replaying and we would get 20 minutes into the replay before we realized we had already heard that part before! I definitely plan to re-read this book once I buy a physical copy. It seems like one I will reference again and again, so I’m happy to spend the money!
Better Than New by Nicole Curtis
This was another find from the MWR Library that I downloaded to my Kindle. I love watching “Rehab Addict” and other HGTV shows on Netflix, until Netflix removed them. (I’m so mad about that!) Rehab Addict is one of my favorites, because I would love to restore a historic house someday! (Sometimes when Andy and I drive around, if I see a historic home I always think about how charming it would be once it’s restored. Then I think it might be haunted.) I loved being able to learn how Nicole got into restoration/design and getting a “behind the scenes” look at her remodels. She also talked a bit about her life, and I just wanted to be like “Girlfriend, you have bad taste in men!” for the 3 or 4 different guys that she mentioned that she fell head-over-heels for and turned out to be controlling and the like. It was a quick but enjoyable read and if you’re an HGTV addict like I am, you’ll enjoy this one!
Settle for More by Megyn Kelly
I will be honest, I knew nothing about Megyn Kelly before reading this book other than now-President Trump’s statements about her during the election. I found this book really fascinating and was surprised to learn that even though she is on Fox News, she considers herself “apolitical” (she’s since left Fox for NBC.) I will be honest, I don’t really follow politics or the news in general, but since I started dating Andy I’m becoming more well-versed in the subjects. However, please don’t start a political conversation with me because I hate discussing politics with people who are not my husband 😉
Organize Tomorrow Today by Dr. Jason Selk and Tom Bartow
I am on a kick for time management books lately, and this book was actually recommended in Amy Morin’s book (which I reviewed above.) The authors, one a sports psychologist and the other a business coach, suggest 8 tips to retrain your mind to optimize performance: organize tomorrow today, choose wisely, maximize your time, win your fight-thrus, evaluate correctly, learn how to talk to yourself, learn how to talk with others, and become abnormal. I really enjoyed this book, and might buy it to re-read in the future. It reminded me of when I did gymnastics– at the end of each practice, the coach would make us lie down on the spring floor and visualize whatever we were struggling with (for me it was back-walkovers.) I am incorporating this into my new job, forcing myself to visualize succeeding at my job. So far, it’s working!
I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain by Courtney Robertson
I vaguely remember Courtney from The Bachelor and hearing that she wrote a book a while back, until I read another blogger’s book review on her book. I promptly checked it out from Army MWR Online and began reading. This is definitely a tell-all book and spares no detail in sharing stories of her escapades. I always joked that I was going to be on The Bachelor when I turned 25 (thankfully, I married my Prince Charming at 3 weeks shy of turning 24!) but reading this book confirmed reality tv is not for me. Courtney claims in her book she had no idea she was being cast as the season’s villain until it aired; she thought she was being funny and many of her jokes were taken the wrong way. I’m sure we’ve all made a joke that sounds inappropriate when taken out of context or said something not-nice about someone and Courtney says that’s what happened to her. I honestly kind-of feel bad for her because the persona on the show that she was the villain is following her around to this day; whether or not it’s true, I’m not sure. But then, I think about her “spilling the beans” about every dirty detail of what happens in the Fantasy Suite, and I’m like… Hmm…
Manage the Chaos Without Losing Your Mind by Lydia Eldridge
My dear friend Lydia released her first e-book this summer and I was so excited to read it! When I spent a week in California with Lydia this summer, I was so amazed at how she balances her relationship with God, marriage, family, blog, and Etsy shop. I loved reading her tips on managing it all, especially now that I am now adjusting to working. It’s a quick read, but honestly one of the best real books on how to balance everything. I so wish the Army would move us near Lydia and her fam soon 😉
Brush of Wings by Karen Kingsbury
I am a huge Karen Kingsbury fan and have read all of her books; she’s basically a Christian version of Nicholas Sparks. This book is the last book in the “Angels Walking” series and I have been anxiously awaiting its release for over a year. I bought the audiobook through Audible (back before I learned the MWR Library has audiobooks) and was absolutely riveted. I couldn’t wait to find out what happens to Mary Katherine, Sammy, Tyler, and Marcus. I even listened to the audiobook while walking on the treadmill and cleaning the house because I wanted to know what happened! This book, although a bit predictable, was a nice fluff read; in fact, it made me cry at various points.
What did you read in January?