To Read / No. 1

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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.

To Read / No. 1 www.britonalo.com

I asked for book suggestions on Instagram a few weeks ago and I want to share them here. I’ve read a few of them and have some of the others on my To Read list!

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change by Shawn Achor

Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! by Rachel Macy Stafford

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?

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9 thoughts on “To Read / No. 1

  1. Keri

    Great reminder! What a great thing to focus on. I just started reading on Kindle (an app on my iPad), and it has opened up a new world for me! Thank you for the list of books that I can add to my wishlist!

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  2. Jamie

    I would love to read that “Hands Free” Mama book – sounds like a great one. The whole list looks amazing, thank you for letting me see some that I otherwise wouldn’t. :)

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  3. Jackie Lee

    I’ve read the Glass Castle ~ EXCELLENT book. One of the best memoirs I’ve read. I’ve also read Before Happiness… also a great book. You’ve got a couple on this list I’m going to add to my TBR pile! :)

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  4. Jamie

    This is a great list. There are several on here that I want to read this year as well…Hands Free Mama and Unbroken both look like wonderful reads!

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