What I’m Reading Wednesday – January 17

January 17, 2024

One of my goals this year is to read 42 books. It is a lofty goal, but after meeting my goal of 36 books last year, I knew I could do it.

How do I do it, you ask?

Well, apparently I became one of those people who reads multiple books at a time. A personal development, professional development, and pleasure (I’ve dubbed it the 3P’s). This way, when I get bored with one, I can shift my brain to a new one. Or if I just need to get lost in a world other than our own, I can read my fiction book.

To be honest, I’ve also pretty much cut out TV since the new year. Not intentionally. But, my love for reading has caused me to have a book (or headphones) around me at all times, removing the need to stimulate my brain with TV.

Current Reading List

Personal Development – Audiobook

Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Code by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski

This book has been phenomenal, so far. If you are a mother trying to do it all, I highly recommend this book. The authors not only give you specific tips to help guide you through feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, depression, and burnout, they also apply it to real life moms with stories.

Professional Development

Be: A No-Bullsh*t Guide to Increasing Your Self Worth and Net Work by Simply Being Yourself by Jessica Zweig

I read this one two years ago as I was finishing my doctoral program and trying to figure out, “what next?” Not only does Jessica break down techniques to finding yourself, she also provides worksheets and questions that allow you to really reflect. So far, my answers haven’t changed much since the first time I read it, which is a reassuring reminder that I am still me.

I’ve also really been struggling with using social media professionally. I recognize the importance to share ideas, make new connections, and get my name out there as a thought leader. BUT. My rebellious side is pushing against that. Why should I have to share on social media in order for people to pay attention? Why does social media play such a large role in making networks and connections that are not even meaningful? And why does social media have to change their algorithm all the time?!? So, I’m hoping this books helps bring me joy in returning to social media and inspires me to share what I want to share vs. what I think people want to see.

Pleasure

The Running Grave by Robert Galbraith

Ok, while I don’t agree with much of what J.K. Rowling has done and said in recent years, I still love the Cormoran Strike series. The Running Grave is the latest book and so far has aligned well with the previous books in the series. One of the things I like about these books is they keep my interest, but aren’t emotionally draining. Sure, there are moments, but for the most part it is just an easy read.

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