January: What I Read

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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.

The Dogs of War: The Courage, Love, and Loyalty of Military Working Dogs by Lisa Rogak

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!

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins

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!

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Ask: The Counterintuitive Online Formula to Discover Exactly What Your Customers Want to Buy…Create a Mass of Raving Fans…and Take Any Business to the Next Level by Ryan Levesque

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!

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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!

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  1. Whoa, what a lot of reading you accomplished in January! I’m very impressed! I set up a goal for myself to read one specific book per month—I read many more than that, but that is a goal I can attain–and I set up a Pinterest board for it, too. I’d love it if you joined me. I’m going to pin some of your books onto my board. They look really fascinating! Thanks for the recommendations!

  2. Looks like you read quite a bunch of books in January. I only read one book lol I wish I could be a fast reader and read this many. I have not heard of any of these. So I will definitely need to check them out.

  3. Great list, Heather! I read Good to Great in the military. It was required reading. I am definitely taking the list down and add them to my que. Thank you so much!! 🙂

  4. I was obsessed with Titanic and learning all about it too. I read The Jewel last month and it was amazing.

  5. I finished one book and got 1/2 way through another, and was impressed with that accomplishment. You are an inspiration!

    • That’s still great! I’ve been a book nerd for ages so I move through them pretty quickly when the TV and internet aren’t distracting me!

  6. Great job on the reads for January! I got through 4 books but was pretty proud of that compared to previous months. 🙂 I haven’t heard of any of these but Bargain Fever sounds really interesting, I’ll have to check it out. I’m currently reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo, and next up is All The Light We Cannot See.

  7. I have to check out ASK and GOOD TO GREAT! I’ve heard so much about them! Thanks for sharing. Right now I’m reading fiction – The martian and next is The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes – another book I’ve heard so much about.!

  8. Wow, you read a lot of really interesting nonfiction this month! Reading about dogs in the military sounds like something with a lot of potential to be really sad, so I’ll probably not pick that up, but I’d love to read the books you read about shopping and space 🙂

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