So much time is spent focused on keeping the body healthy. We obsess over the foods we eat (or don’t eat) and the workouts we do (or don’t do). But being healthy is also about living a balanced life. To balance out all of this physical health, we need to do some thinking about our mental health. Sure, the two can be intertwined (you’ve read about how much running and Yoga ease my anxiety). But just like we lift weights to build muscle power, we need to consciously exercise our brains.
I love to read. I’ve been a reader for as long as I can remember. In my family, it’s pretty standard practice to curl up in a chair and read for an entire afternoon (or longer!). I’m in two book groups, and I do a lot of reading (and listening!) on my own, just for fun. I read before bed, I read to relax, I listen to audiobooks when I run and in the car. I talk about books with my friends and with my family. Books are a huge part of my life.
So, because this blog is about balancing health and fitness with day-to-day life, I’d like to start sharing more about this passion of mine. I hope that’s okay.
I set two reading goals for 2012. The first was to participate in the Mixing It Up Challenge (beware! that link will take you to my old blog) and the second was to read at least 50 books. I tracked my reading on Goodreads. And now, just like I did with my running, I’ve compiled a list (by genre) of the books I read in 2012. Here it is…
Books Read in 2012
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scot Fitzgerald
Biography & Memoir (6)
- Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
- Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
- Mile Markers by Kristin Armstrong
- What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
- MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche
- Julie & Julia by Julie Powell
- A Lineage of Grace by Francine Rivers
- Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure by Matthew Algeo
- The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
- When Everything Changed by Gail Collins
- The Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard
Modern Fiction (8)
- The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
- Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
- Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
- Insatiable by Meg Cabot
- The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
- Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
- Unholy Night by Seth Graeme Smith
Graphic Novels (1)
- Homecoming by Meg Cabot
Crime and Mystery (7)
- Four to Score by Janet Evanovich
- ‘Til Death Do Us Part by Kate White
- Hush by Kate White
- The Sixes by Kate White
- High Five by Janet Evanovich
- Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot
- Hot Six by Janet Evanovich
- Queen of Babble in the Big City by Meg Cabot
- The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Cruise
- Queen of Babble Gets Hitched by Meg Cabot
- Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
- The Villa by Nora Roberts
- The Wedding Girl by Madeleine Wickham
Science Fiction and Fantasy (4)
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
- Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (re-read)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (re-read)
Journalism and Humour (1)
- Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs
Children’s and Young Adult(15)
- The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman
- Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
- How to be Popular by Meg Cabot
- The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
- The Au Pairs by Melissa de la Cruz
- Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
- The Treasure Map of Boys by E. Lockhart
- What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
- The Agony of Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Social Sciences and Philosophy (2)
- The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, Priscilla Warner
- Love Wins by Rob Bell
Being more mindful about what genres I was reading really expanded my repertoire this year. Fourteen out of the 56 total books I read were non-fiction, which is a big change for this fiction-loving girl.
Reading Goals for 2013
Goal 1: Read 60 books.
Goal 2: Read one classic per month.
Here are the classics I’m planning to tackle this year:
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- A Farewell to Arms by Earnest Hemingway
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
- Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
- The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe
- Dracula by Bram Stoker
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I haven’t found an “official” classics challenge, but Candice at The Grown-Up YA had a similar idea.
So, while Fit Butt Fabulous is not becoming a book blog, by any means, I will you updated on my Healthy Minds Read Books campaign, as well as track the books I’ve read/am reading in 2013 on my new Books page.
Well, I’m off to enjoy more of my current read: Gone Girl. Anybody else read it?
Do you like to read?
What was the best book you read in 2012?
What is your favorite classic?