Five Books I read in January 2020

One of my goals this year was to read more books. I read almost zero books for leisure in 2019, and it was something that I really missed. I hit the ground running in January and finished five books. Not as many as I thought I would when I wrote my post about ways I was reading more in 2020, but five is still more than I read in all of 2019, so I'm on a good trajectory regardless. 

I read mostly non-fiction, with the exception of Harry Potter that we started with Kyle. I also found myself listening to a bunch of books that I purchased on Audible years ago, that I'd never gotten around to. It was a good way to get through things I already owned, and read more in the process. 

The Collapse of Parenting: When we brought Kyle to the pediatrician at the end of last year for his anxiety, the doctor recommended I read this book. It sounded super familiar, but when I looked it up on Amazon, it had a different cover than what I thought, so I bought it to read. I got a chapter into it before realizing I already had it on Audible. I gave the new hardcopy to Derek to read and I re-listened to the audio. 

I love this book for many reasons but mostly because I feel like Leonard Sax and I are really on the same page with parenting. Encouraging kids to work hard, letting them fail and learning from their mistakes, making them eat vegetables, limiting screen time, etc... I'm not a perfect parent, but this book reminds me that there are way worse mistakes I could be making, and that while Derek and I have room to grow, we're not doomed. 

168 Hours: This book gave me so many thoughts on things I can change in my own life as a mother, business owner, and as an overall human being. I love that it really challenged me to focus on where I spend my time, to be honest with myself about my time, and then to adjust myself as needed. You can read my full review here.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: This book does not need an introduction. We started reading the series with Kyle this month and he cannot get enough. We read this one with him each night before bed, but he quickly read to the end without us and then started on book two. He might be a little young though and I worry about the future books getting too dark for him. We're wondering where we draw the line for a seven year old.

A Life Without Limits: I bought this almost two years ago on Audible and never listened to it. I finally turned it on while I was running on my treadmill and was instantly hooked. Chrissie Wellington speaks on how she once struggled with anorexia and body dysmorphia, and eventually channeled that focus into racing Ironman races and eventually became the top in the sport. It's a super inspiring story, and reminds me that nothing is out of reach. 

The Ultra Mindset: This was another old Audible purchase that I finally decided to listened through. It's about Travis Macy, a boy who grew up watching his father compete in ultra marathon races, went on to compete in adventure races and ultras himself, and would eventually be among the top in the sport while also raising a young family and teaching high school English. I appreciated his story, and his mantra, "it's all good mental training", but I really didn't LOVE this book, and felt like I was listening to it just to keep myself busy on the treadmill. 

If you're interested in what I'm currently working through:
I'm Here to Win by Chris McCormack
Educated by Tara Westover

Are you currently reading anything, or read anything in the month of January? I'd love to know in the comments below! 

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  1. Thanks for sharing! So many good picks! Im also reading Educated right now.

    xx Chelsea

  2. Harry Potter is always good. I enjoyed the book educated too.