My Reading List

Books are one of the greatest tools available to us.  They can not only take us on amazing adventures but enhance who we are by learning and delving into the lives of others and expanding our sense of creativity and purpose. 

In 2012, I started creating a list of all the books (and audio Cd's) I've read with a short summary.  Looking back at that journey is amazing, especially looking at how each book often lead into the next and falling into my life at just the right time.

For 2013, I've re-done how I do the summaries a bit, making them more personal.  I'll try to update the list every time I finish another book.  Hopefully you will find one to read!  Also, I love getting recommendations from friends, so please feel free to make suggestions in the comment box of any book that has inspired you.


 Past Book Lists: ( I apologize for the formatting...I tried to fix it just didn't work out)

Favorites: Think, The Happiness Project, Half the Sky, Becoming Odyssa

Favorites: Making Kind Choices, UNLIMITED, Called Again, I am Malala,
A Return to Love, & Beautiful Girls

2014 Reading List:

2015 Reading List:

My Reading List-2017

Dying to Be Thin- Sacker and Zimmer

Brain Maker (Audio CD)- Dr. Perlmutter (good, but not the best research)

Core Awareness-Liz Koch (a bit advanced for me, but highly suggested for my friends who teach Yoga or Pilates)

Thru Hiking Will Break Your Heart- Carrot Quinn - While Becoming Odyessa and Wild are still my favorite, I still think most hikers will love this book.  It doesn't include much of a backstory like the other two and is more of a day to day blog.

Spark- One of the new, leading books that talks about how exercise can improve brain health and development.  It looks at both new, innovative exercise programs in schools as well as the mental health side of things.  Unfortunately, I couldn't get through the science stuff while also reading textbooks so didn't finish this one.

Pussy: A Reclamation- Obviously, this book couldnt have come out at a better time.  And for a catholic-school girl with very little sex-education, I found the first half of the book fun and insightful.  However, she lost me by the second half (too much for trail girl who feels the most beautiful when covered in dirt) and I didn't finish reading.

The Desire Map- Danielle LaPorte -If goal setting isn't your thing but you still have aspirations you need help with, this is a great guide that focus on your desired FEELING rather than outcome.

The Law of Diving Compensation- Marianne Williamson

Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment -Marianne Williamson
Marianne takes a look at suffering in the forms of depression, trauma, grief, etc and explains that when we try to bypass this suffering, we are missing an opportunity for growth.  She also mentions the "separate self" which enhances our suffering when we loose our connection with Mother Nature and all of our human brothers and sisters.

Unbound- Steph Jagger (super awesome read)

Anatomy for Runners: Unlocking Your Athletic Potential for Health, Speed, and Injury Prevention- Jay Dicharry

The Happiness of Pursuit-Chris Guillebeau
Nothing super profound, but a fun, inspirational read.  For all my runner friends, I'm sure you will enjoy the fact that both Byron Powell and Megan Hicks are featured!

Bad Feminist-Roxanne Gay DNF! (I loved her essays, but had other exciting books from the library come in!)

A Mind of Your Own- Kelly Brogan
 I don't agree with everything she says (mainly some of the nutrition advice on eating meat and the use of supplements) but I think the book is a huge step forward in how we look at and treat depression. Is depression truly a chemical imbalance, or is it symptom and sign that something else if off in one's life? Does medication truly help, or would eating whole foods, exercising, and looking at life stress be more beneficial?

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed- Jessica Lahey

What Makes Olga Run? -Bruce Gierson

First Ladies of Running: 22 Inspiring Profiles of the Rebels, Rule Breakers, and Visionaries Who Changed the Sport Forever- Amby Burfoot (A must read for any female runner)

Running: A Love Story- 10 years, 5 Marathons, and 1 Life Changing Sport

The Whole Foods Diet

Be Strong, Be Brave: A Journey Across the Great Divide- Jill Home

Running Past Midnight: A Woman's Ultra-Marathon Adventure- Molly Sheridan with Al Marquis

Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with The New Science of Success- Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness

Running the Edge

My Reading List- 2016

Latest Reads:

Proteinaholic- Garth Davis M.D.

No Drama Discipline- Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne

Chronicles of Narnia

One Step Beyond - Malcom Law

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle- Barbara Kingsolver

Okay, from here, I totally spaced out and stopped keeping a reading list.  So instead of trying to recount all of them, I'll give you my top 3 reads of the year (in no particular order):

A Girl in the Woods- Aspen Matis
Love Warrior- Glennon Melton Doyle
On the Wings of Mercury- Lorraine Moller


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