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I decided to spend February focusing on reading more books. (You can find my January focus here.) Anyway, last month didn’t go exactly as I had envisioned. February was a stressful month for me and I learned that when I have high anxiety I do not want to read a novel. I did make two major changes in my reading habits, though.
1. I read to my kids almost every time they asked. It’s really easy to find an excuse not to read to them so I made sure that I put other things on the back burner more so we could snuggle and read together. I read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish about a billion times. I also had lengthy conversations about what would happen if my kids brought home a Clark from the park.
2. I looked up a lot of articles and talks about the thing that was/is making me feel anxious. I can’t fix it but I know more about how to deal with it in the future. Not very exciting for you but helpful for me.
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story by Benjamin Carson
The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists by Ravi Zacharias
All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
Have you read any of these? What would you add to the list?