I set a theme for each year now instead of making resolutions. This year was supposed to be the theme “Strength.” Well, life new better and has changed the theme of 2019 into “No Excuses.”
For a long time I have made the excuses for years for why I don’t read much, and then I feel guilty and unenlightened. This summer I decided to change that.
This summer it was time to finish books I started and read others that have been on my list forever. While there are so many more books on my list, I made a pretty good dent in my to-read pile. Between reading and listening to audio books while running, it has been an awesome summer of books.
I began reading Becoming months ago, but then life happened. This summer I finished it. What an inspirational story and a fascinating look at the life of a strong, career-driven woman who also prioritized her family and did it all with grace. Michelle Obama also have a very honest behind the scenes look at what it took to achieve greatness personally and professionally.
I chose to listen to Chelsea Handler’s new book thinking it would be full of laughs, however, this was a much deeper look into her past. While the language often made me uncomfortable (I don’t do well with a lot of foul language), it was a beautiful reflection on a tough life and how she has come out still standing.
Mindy Kaling’s book is everything you’d expect. I love that her personality showed brightly in her words, and it was a humorous look at her career this far. Definitely a run read/listen.
Loved loved loved this book. A detailed look into women around the world. Their power and their influence in family, education, health and beyond. There were several moments that gave me pause and feel grateful for all that we have in this country. This was a very thought provoking book. A must-read.
This was a fun book to listen to as I have followed Meb’s career for quite some time. It was fun to hear his take on several races I remember watching as a fan of distance running. His positive spirit and he’s work is an inspiration for all walks of life.
Sometimes it’s just nice to get some career motivation. This was another great, easy listen.
I read about half of Jen Sincero’s book. Quite frankly, I know I am a badass. There’s no need to convince me of this. I was hoping for more career, business advice, but it felt more elementary than what I wanted.
Patricia Cornwell is one of my favorite authors. Her novels are a bit dark, but always full of suspense and she paints such a vivid picture with her words.
It was a great summer of reading and I’m reading for more as we enter Fall.