What I Read: August 2018
September may be almost over, but let’s talk about what I read in August! I’ll try to be a bit more timely with the next review. Although I fell away from the habit a bit in the last year and a half, I’m an avid reader and finally getting my nose back into a book! It feels so great to dive back into the words and pages again. I love feeling inspired by creativity of novels, learning form the non-fiction, and growing from personal development. Previously, I did individual reviews for almost everything I read, but moving forward I plan to transition to monthly overviews. I may ultimately opt to stick with the individual posts, but I’m excited about this experiment.
This Is Me: Loving The Person You Are Today by Chrissy Metz
You may be more familiar with Chrissy as Kate on This Is Us. She tells the story of how she went from a hard childhood in Florida to winning the role on one of televisions biggest shows. As a child, her father abandoned her family and the hard knocks continued to come from there. She delves into her struggles with emotional eating and self-love. In terms of a celebrity memoir, Metz is far more vulnerable and authentic than most, but she still maintains a witty voice that made This Is Me enjoyable to read.
Reborn on the Run: My Journey From Addiction to Ultramarathon by Catra Corbett
I’m a sucker for runners sharing their story, especially people who didn’t grow up in the sport as I can relate. Although this was the first time I’d heard of her, the “Dirt Diva” is apparently a well-known name in the ultramarathon world. She shares how a night in jail after being arrested for selling meth, deep in the midst of her addiction, was a catalyst for changing her life. Her story of finding her way in life and realizing she wanted more after hitting rock bottom was inspiring to say the least. She uses that season of past brokenness to fuel her present life. That said, the book itself is poorly edited with typos, the occasional missing word, and some bad grammar.
North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail by Scott Jurek
I’ve followed Jurek’s career for awhile now; as he is a vegan athlete, I find him relatable even if he tackles events I would never dream of attempting. In North, he recants his attempt at the fastest known time to run the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail. Jurek felt stuck and uninspired in his athletic endeavors. He knew he needed to rediscover the athlete he had been – and thought he still had in him. To complete this challenge, he would have to run almost fifty miles a day for almost two months over grueling terrain. While hiking the length of the AT is not something that I want to attempt, I can very much relate to how Jurek felt before starting the challenge. This book left me feeling completely inspired to go after my own big dreams and goals.
Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become What You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis
After so many people on Instagram raved about this book, I picked up a copy and started reading right away. Hollis tells her life story in a motivational/personal development approach, attempting to dispel the lies she believed about herself. By extension, as the reader we should stop believing the lies we tell ourselves. Hollis writes about the importance of working hard for our dreams and the importance of persistence and tenacity. I wanted to like this book, I really did. But, it felt like a dime-a-dozen cheerleader-esque “you can do it!” book. Several chapters related to marriage and parenting are not applicable to where I’m at in my life. These made it hard for me to want to keep reading. While this book wasn’t for me, I know many people absolutely love it.
What are you reading these days? Leave a comment! I’m always looking for new recommendations.
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Photo credits: Mike’s Photos; book covers from goodreads.