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Books of the Month: January 2023

Like most people, I always start each new year with some resolution or goals. This year, I have decided to focus on my writing as well as my personal health.

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To accomplish this, I’ve turned to the kindle store and found three books to guide my journey.

The first is for my writing. I’ve seen this concept posted in several of my writing online communities and have always wondered what it was. It is the The 12 Week Year for Writers: A Comprehensive Guide to Getting Your Writing Done by A. Trevor Thrall, PhD. I’ve only read the first few chapters but so far, it seems like an intriguing and much more manageable way to develop a writing system for any sort of writer. I’m hoping this book can help me balance out writing with my full time job so I can get back to creating on a regular basis. I plan on reading this book this week and will write a post about my thoughts and if I am going to try it.

The next two books are for my health, both physical and mental. The first is Thinner, Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Female Body by Michael Matthews. Last year, Kris and I began to lift weights a little more regularly and while we were doing it, I was seeing results. I just didn’t enjoy the actual workouts themselves. I went in search of more information the focused more on women than men and I found it. This book has not only a year worth of strength training workouts but he explains the nutritional side of physical health and offers suggested diets. I’ve read this book already and am doing my first workout from it today.

The final book is The Witch’s Book of Self-Care: Magical Ways to Pamper, Soothe, and Care for Your Body and Spirit by Arin Murphy-Hiscock. I picked up this book because I feel part of my problem, like most people, is my ability to pause and take care of myself. I want to do all the things, all of the time. I don’t take care of myself. I’m hoping this book gives me the tools to take a few minutes to take sometimes for myself so I can do all the things I wan to do. Plus, I’ve been very intrigued by witchcraft lately. But again, a post for another day.

I will write a review for each book, focusing on my personal reaction, if I’m using it and if I recommend it or who I recommend it to in the coming weeks.

Are you picking up any books this year to help you become a better version of yourself? Or are you taking part in a reading challenge? Leave a comment below.

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