The month of January has come to a close and I am on the winning track with my book challenge! For those of you who missed my initial post on this topic, I have decided to embark on a most enjoyable challenge to read 52 books in 2012. I have chosen the Goodreads
2012 Reading Challenge in which I select my own goal, and a book a week is what I came up with as truly doable this year. Each month I will give you an update on where I am in the challenge and what books I was lucky enough to indulge in.
In the month of January I have read six books and according to the graph on Goodreads, I am at 12% of my goal, which is 3 books (5%) ahead of progress. This is excellent news because I am enrolled more than full time at Arizona State University and will surely fall behind in the coming months.
Yoga Bitch by Suzanne Morison-Completed January 12th
Yoga Bitch is a memoir of Suzanne Morrison’s journey to enlightenment. Along the way she hopes to quit smoking and feel more benevolent about the world around her, and she tells a laugh-out-loud tale dotted with pure joy along the way. I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially my yoga-loving friends. There is a scene about farting in yoga class that I read aloud to family and friends because I laughed so hard. Uncouth? Maybe. Funny? Absolutely. Morrison has a real way with words.
Add More ING by Gabrielle Bernstein-Completed January 17th
Add More ING is a spiritual guide based upon Bernstein’s experiences with A Course in Miracles and her path to enlightenment. (I sense a pattern in my reading this month and it only gets better). Bernstein is very encouraging and comes from a place we have all been at one time or another- the bottom. I found this book to be a bit on the “woo-woo” side, but did come away with some lasting knowledge and useful principles. All in all I found the book to be a little slow, even for a self-help book.
Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous by Esther Blum- Completed January19th
What I loved the most about this nutritional guide for the girl who still wants to enjoy life is the idea that you can indulge in moderation. Blum covers all of the pertinent information regarding nutrition and balance, but has a light and fun way of delivering the news with flair. She doesn’t harp on the negative and shows that life is about enjoying yourself. Among the highlights are surefire ways to prevent or cure a wicked hangover. Not that I’d ever needed that information. Ahem.
Runner’s World Essential Guides: Weight Loss by the Editors of Runners World – Completed January 20th
I’m not really a runner, so I’m not sure what prompted me to pick up this book, except that I had just finished walking a half-marathon and also would like to shed some serious pounds. In the end it is really nutritional advice for runners who are in a serious training program. The advice in the books is not for the beginner or the casual walker.
Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein- Completed January 20th
Spirit Junkie is Bernstein’s follow-up book to Ass More ING and is really just more of the same. She delves into A Course in Miracles and the way it helped her in life a little more in detail and follows her journey from junkie to guru. This book was paced better than her first and had more to offer in terms of meditation and advice for daily living. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking something a little better than what they are living now.
Pretty in Plaid by Jen Lancaster- Completed January 27
I finished of January with a very funny author who I have been following on Facebook for a while now. I have been hoarding her books on my bookshelf in anticipation of the day I would have enough time to delve in. I finally did, and I was not disappointed. Lancaster is hysterical and sarcastic in all of the right ways. Pretty in Plaid follows her from her youth in the 60’s and through her life as a sarcastic and wry young lady with a wicked sense of humor. I have four or five of her other titles on my Nook right now, and I cannot wait to dive in and read the next one. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who ever was ashamed of their parents or brother and needs a good belly laugh.
I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on my January picks. I’m looking forward to February in the challenge and cannot wait to share my new finds with you! As usual I welcome your reading suggestions!