Q1 readolution update

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Screenshot 2017-04-09 10.41.51Part of setting a goal that you then share publicly with friends + family + blog readers (which, let’s be honest, for me are primarily comprised of folks from the first two groups) is that you’re now on the hook for being accountable for that goal. So, here goes — checking in for the first quarter on my reading goals for 2017, of which I am very much behind.

A few factors have attributed to my falling behind, including a lot of travel (which sometimes helps but has not been the case this year), less train time due to increased travel and also driving more to work (really no reason for the latter, it’s just something I’ve been doing) and, lastly, I’ve gone off course a bit and read books that were not on my original list (see “I’ve gone rogue” below).

The good news is I have three more quarters — nine months — to pick up the pace and meet my goals. The challenge is I’ve got a lot of catching up to do and I’ve struggled with a few books on the list and am not super excited to pick them back up. We’ll see what happens. In the meantime, updates included below in red.

How is your reading going in 2017? Did you set any goals? Would love to hear your feedback in the comments section!


I will read:

  • all book club books (~10) behind a few books
  • at least one book per week behind
  • a chapter each week in a year of living mindfully on track
  • one page daily in 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne’s Precepts technically on track, but there have been plenty of catch-up days where I read multiple days

I will read again:

  • She’s Come Undone, Wally Lamb
  • the War of Art, Steve Pressfield
  • Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  • Wonder, R.J. Palacio (book club)

I will read:

  1. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi completed
  2. the one-minute meditator, David Nichol and Bill Birchard
  3. If Our Bodies Could Talk: A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body, James Hamblin
  4. The Book of Joy, Dalai Lama + Desmond Tutu + Douglas Abrams
  5. Brave Enough, Cheryl Strayed completed
  6. On Your Own Way: Women Travel the World Solo
  7. The Knowledge: A Too Close to True Novel, Steve Pressfield
  8. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  9. The Gift, Lewis Hyde
  10. Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl
  11. The Well Life, Borten and Borten
  12. Tenth of December, George Saunders
  13. Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change, Pema Chodron
  14. Presence, Amy Cuddy
  15. I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t), Brene Brown
  16. Fig, Sarah Elizabeth Schantz
  17. The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted, Elizabeth Burg
  18. The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown
  19. Lunch With Buddha, Roland Merullo
  20. The Girls with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy Schumer completed
  21. The Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery, Robert Kolker (book club) started but didn’t finish
  22. 10% Human, Alanna Collen (book club) completed
  23. The Accidental Empress, Allison Pataki (book club) started but didn’t finish
  24. Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own, Kate Bolick started but didn’t finish
  25. essentialism, Greg McKeon
  26. Originals, Adam Grant
  27. The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher
  28. How to Be Alive, Colin Beavan
  29. Writing Wild, Tina Welling
  30. The Not So Big Life, Sarah Susanka
  31. bird by bird, Annie Lamont
  32. A Path Appears, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  33. The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron
  34. Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman
  35. Dataclysm, Christian Rudder
  36. Today Will Be Different, Maria Semple
  37. The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds, Michael Lewis
  38. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike, Phil Knight
  39. Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life, Glennon Doyle Melton
  40. The Underground Railroad: A Novel, Colson Whitehead
  41. Additional book club choices
    • The Rules of Civility, Amor Towles in progress
  42. New releases in 2017 (~5)
  43. Quarterly issues of Bella Grace Magazine on track + in progress
  44. Bi-monthly issues of Harvard Business Review behind

I’ve gone rogue:

  1. The Importance of Living, Lin Yutang in progress
  2. Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg completed
  3. Books for Living, Will Schwable completed
  4. Full Catastrophe Living, Jon Kabat-Zinn dabbling
  5. Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy, Anne Lamont completed
  6. Taste: Infographic Book of Food in progress

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