Hey guys! Can you believe January is almost over? This year is flying by already. The weather here in Barrie, Canada has been very cold and snowy this month. There’s been a lot of me dreading going outside because it’s either ridiculously cold, like -20C or worse, or it’s so snowy that my dog will take 5 steps and then stop and lift his paw up because it’s full of snow. Let me tell, you I’m looking forward to spring.
I decided to do a wrap up of the month and what I read. I somehow managed to read 6 books in January, which is a few more than I would normally read. I will go through them below, if you click on the photo it will take you to the original blog post so you can get more details about the book if you want! You’ll notice I flip back and forth between fiction and non-fiction. I enjoy reading to learn and for pleasure so I’m always mixing it up.
I joined a book club in December and the first book we read was The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I had read the book before but it had been a few years. It’s a story about a boy that becomes a man by going on an adventure to find treasure. Along his journey he learns many life lessons, including a lesson about true love. It’s a short book but it’s packed with good vibes and good feelings. I think everyone should read this book.
Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel is the first book in a series called Earth’s Children. It’s a historical fiction of sorts. It’s not really based on a lot of fact simply becuase we don’t know a lot about how cavemen lived. But Auel created a world where cavemen and women thrive in clans and she gives us a peek inside what their world might have been like. The story follows one girl from age 5 to about 13-14 years. The tension and drama builds as Ayla grows into a woman and doesn’t obey the rules of the clan. The next book in the series The Valley of Horses is in my February to read pile and I’m really looking forward to it.
The Happy Runner by Megan and David Roche. I found this book on Amazon while hunting for running books about increasing your speed right after I finished a half marathon in October. I was really hoping to get a personal best at that race and when I missed it by 4 minutes, I was pretty bummed. But I rallied and vowed that the next race would be the one and I went in search of speed training tips. I’m so so glad I found this book instead, it had just been released and was by brand new unknown authors but the description sounded like this was the exact book I needed to read so I took a risk on an unreviewed book.
“Is your daily run starting to drag you down? Has running become a chore rather than the delight it once was? Then The Happy Runner is for you.” (amazon.ca)
It was the perfect book for me. Since I’ve finished it, running has become fun again. And there were tips for improving speed in the book that weren’t difficult! A few little adjustments to my training plan and I’m already seeing big improvements. I feel so much confidence in myself now when it comes to running. I’m booked to run another half marathon in June and getting a personal best is no longer the most important part of that race. The training and the process of getting there, and running with my friends and family, that’s what is important to me now. And because I am so much happier when I’m running, and less worried about my speed, I’m probably going to get a PB anyways! Thank you Megan and David! If you’re a runner you should really read this book.
A Simple Favor by Darcy Bell. I would put this in the quick beach read category. I read it in one weekend. It was pretty good but definitely not the best thriller I’ve ever read. The characters are all really annoying too, but the plot was pretty good. If you’re looking for a quick thriller, this one could be the one.
The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield. Now this was a good book. This might be my favourite book I read this month. It’s about a guy that learns there is an ancient manuscript recently found in Peru. He travels there and finds himself in a whirlwind of danger and awakening. He learns about the manuscript and it’s nine insights. It’s basically a prediction of mankind’s evolution in the third millennium. The book was written in the 1980’s so all of this evolution is supposedly happening now. And some of the things described in the book are actually happening. For example, the manuscript says that people will move towards a diet where they only eat food that hasn’t been murdered. This correlates with the rise in vegetarianism/veganism in the past 10 years. It also says that more and more people will choose not to have children, to help with population control among other reasons. Uh hi, me. And this is becoming more common too! Anyways read this book, go on an adventure in Peru, and learn some stuff about why the heck you are the way you are.
Girl, Wash your Face by Rachel Hollis. This was the January pick for book club. This is a surface level, beginner self-help book for women. It was a quick read. Each chapter is a lie that women tell ourselves, or are taught to believe. Hollis gives you an anecdote of how this lie has affected her life and then how she dealt with it. She does a lot of pep talk and you’ll spend most of the book with a smile on your face because she’s rather funny. This book is a good reminder that we women need to support each other and stop believing all this bull we are told by media etc.
Okay thanks for reading if you made it this far! Look forward to my next post, I’ll be giving a brief overview of the books I plan to read in February.