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I finally finished a big project of cleaning up old blog posts and I also cancelled Netflix and cable, so now I have a lot more time to read! I’m not missing either of those things by the way. Here’s what I read in January!
Lives of the Planets: A Natural History of the Solar System by Richard Corfield
It’s probably never really come up before on this blog, but space is another one of my random interests; planets, space travel, all of it. This book caught my eye after I read The Astronaut Wives Club a few months ago. I realized I learned about the planets and our solar system ages ago in school, but I don’t remember all the little details. Re-learning things like this as an adult always brings an entirely different perspective. It was good. Some gets a little too in-depth with chemistry and physics but for the most part it was easy to understand. Fascinating.
This book was so good and I’m proud to say I didn’t melt into a puddle of tears! It talks about the history of military working dogs and the different things they are trained for, as well as highlighting some personalities an accomplishments of individual dogs. It is amazing how smart these creatures are and the great things they can do! It definitely made me snuggle my boy Max!
Shipwrecks – Disasters of the Deep Seas by Nigel Cawthorne
Yet another one of my quirky interests are ships and shipwrecks. This fascination started when I was younger and the Titanic movie came out. I was obsessed with the movie not because of Leonardo DiCaprio and the cheesy acting, but because of the ship! Ever since then I’ve read just about every Titanic book in existence. Ships and shipwrecks intrigue me; military, cargo, cruise…any type! I mostly want to go on a cruise someday just to experience a ship…not really to relax! Super nerd right here!
Judging by how many people’s desks (successful people) I’ve seen this book on, I figured I should probably read it. It’s been on my wish list for a long time and then when I was home for Christmas my dad was cleaning out his bookshelves, so I snagged it! While it was a little dry like more business books, it was worth the read. It gave real life examples from known companies, so that kept it interesting!
I first heard Ryan Levesque on one of my favorite podcasts, So Money with Farnoosh Torabi. The interview was interesting and he was giving away the book for free, so I finally got around to reading it! (This is why I’m reading my own books this year!) Honestly I skimmed most of the second half but it’s still a quick read. Some of the technical stuff was just too much for me at this point of Simply Save, but I could see myself referring back to it in the future when I have more things set up. Still a good tool for any professional bloggers or entrepreneurs.
Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World by Mark Ellwood
This book has sat on my shelves for at least a year (another reason I’m reading my own books this year) and I wish I had read it sooner. It was SO good! Fascinating! It goes into the psychology behind prices and shopping and reveals a lot of marketing strategies and truths. I highly recommend this for any shopper or saving, or anyone interested in marketing or psychology. Check out this post for more detail about some of the fascinating, yet disturbing, things I learned.
Back in the Fight: The Explosive Memoir of a Special Operator Who Never Gave Up by Sergeant First Class Joseph Kapacziewski & Charles W. Sasser
This book is about the first military amputee to return to the military in a combat role. Other veterans have returned in support roles, but Ranger SFC “Kap” is the first to return back to combat. I really like military books, especially ones that cover the war in Iraq so this was a good read. Inspiring and interesting. I flew through it.
Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalvan
One of my newer coworkers is a military veteran with a service dog. It’s nice having a coworker that I can make military jokes with and his dog is awesome. It’s really great having a dog in the office and I am learning a lot about self-control because I want to pet him all the time. (I still worry I ask to pet him too much!) I’ve also mentioned in the past that I was able to volunteer with a great service dog organization call PawPADs. It’s just so incredible what these dogs can do! Seeing the bond they have with their handler is pretty amazing. My coworker lent me this book and I could not put it down. It’s about a veteran and his service dog Tuesday. I highly recommend this book! It gives great insight into PTSD and what these amazing dogs can do!
I’ve found that I’m doing a lot more reading since committing to read my own books this year. Because of leap year we get an extra day in February? What are you going to do with your extra day? I’m going to do some more reading! Have a great month!