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December Happy Links: My Reading Year, 2017

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{This month: Books I loved reading in 2017.}

I read 50+ books this year and learned about a variety of different topics! Cheers to spending less time on social media and more time cuddled up with a good book!

Here’s a list of 10 personal favorites, in no particular order …

1. The Year of Less by Cait Flanders

My friend and blogging buddy Cait Flanders is a fantastic writer! At the beginning of October, I read a galley copy of her new book. Cait’s new book is beautiful, vulnerable, and it inspired me to be a braver in my writing and life.

2. Learning to Breathe Fire by J.C. Herz

Herz’s profile of the CrossFit community and her summary of research on fitness, nutrition, and high-intensity exercise blew my mind. If you’re a geek like me and enjoy learning about health and building strength, read this book.

3. Thru-hiking Will Break Your Heart by Carrot Quinn

A beautiful, honest, and real memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest trail! Also, the writing is delicious!

4. At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider

Oxenreider’s memoir is a lovely meditation on the meaning of home and the joys of traveling with kids.

5. Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

Brown’s research is impactful, and it’s essential to incorporate her ideas into conversations around race, class, gender, and politics. Like Brown, I believe we must move away from dehumanizing language and move toward civility, courage, and empathy.

6. What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

No matter what side of the political spectrum you fall on, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s book—What Happened—is worth reading. Surprisingly, Clinton’s book was the perfect follow up to Brené Brown’s book—Braving the Wilderness. For example, both authors address topics like avoiding dehumanizing rhetoric in politics, civility, and empathy (both online and in day to day life).

7. Shrill by Lindy West

West’s writing is funny, sharp, relatable, and honest. Here’s one of my favorite quotes from West’s book:

"...if anti-fat crusaders really want what they claim to want—for fat people to be ‘healthy’—they should be on the front lines of size acceptance and fat empowerment. There’s hard science to back this up: Shame contributes measurably to weight gain, not weight loss. Loving yourself is not antithetical to health, it is intrinsic to health. You can’t take care of a thing you hate.”

8. A Paris All Your Own edited by Eleanor Brown

This collection of essays is inspiring, and I’m going to take this book to Paris in July because the authors shared excellent advice on what to see and do while in Paris!

9. Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi

In 2015, I listened to the Bored and Brilliant podcast series, and it helped me rethink how I use my iPhone. When I found out  Zomorodi wrote a book by the same name, I was pumped! I devoured the book in three days, and it helped me revamp my work days and evenings. If you struggle with the amount of time you spend on your phone or computer, read this book.

10. Soulful Simplicity by Courtney Carver

Courtney book is vulnerable and helpful. She reminded me that living simply goes beyond decluttering my closet and junk drawers. She gently illustrated that simplicity is the way back to connection, peace, good health, and love.

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