Reading, Reading, Reading . . . or not . . .

First, I have to acknowledge that this title came from my fabulous new virtual assistant Gwendolyn (you can check out her site by clicking here) as she and I were communicating about writing more for the blog and on a bright Monday morning I get an email from her that reminds me to do some “writing, writing, writing.” It made me smile and also kept me accountable. I find that repetitive phrasing can be applied to many things and for the purposes of this post, it’s reading, reading, reading.

One of my new year’s resolutions is to read more. Last year I had the goal of reading 2 books a month. Did it happen? Not at all. I read some. I read more than the previous year, but not anything close to two books a month. I love books. I love bookstores. I want to read, but it’s just not always a priority. When I do read, my tendency is to start a book, not finish it and then start another book. I chalk that up to my “variety is the spice of life” outlook, although there is a part of me that would appreciate the satisfaction of finishing from cover-to-cover.

With my work pace having slowed a bit now that I’m in private practice in 2015, I assumed I would have more reading time. Therefore, I am going to stick to my two-book-a-month goal. We’ll see. I’ll try again.

Here is a sampling of what I read (and completed) in 2015:

In Confidence (1990) by Roberta Israeloff – no longer in print

Yoga book-419589_1920from the Inside Out: Making peace with your body through yoga (2003) by Christina Sell

How We Buildt Our Dream Practice: Innovative ideas for building yours (2014) by Dave Verhaagen, Ph.D. & Frank Gaskill, Ph.D.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing (2014) by Marie Kondo

The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why being your whole self – not just your “good” self – drives success and fulfillment (2014) by Todd Kashdan, Ph.D. And Robert Biswas-Diener, Ph.D.


Here’s the start of my list for 2016:

Retelling the Stories of Our Lives: Everyday narrative therapy to draw inspiration and transform experience (2014) by David Denborough

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2011) by Ransom Riggs

The Internet to the Inner-net: Five ways to reset your connection and live a conscious life (2015) by Gopi Kallayil

Time Management from the Inside Out (2004) 2nd Ed. By Julie Morgenstern

It’s Time to EAT: Embody, Awaken & Transform our relationship with food, body and self (2015) by my friend and colleague Inge Sengelmann !!!

I’d love to hear what’s on your reading list despite my fears that your list will be so enticing it will only make my reading list longer. I tend to get some books as Christmas gifts, so my list will inevitably grow before the end of the year and I’m excited about those new, but unknown additions. As a side note, anyone still reading the old-fashioned way, with a literal book in their hand? (me waving my arms enthusiastically)

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