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Reflecting on What I Read in 2021


According to Goodreads, I read 162 books in 2021. I originally set a challenge of 30 books because Mom Life is so unpredictable. I hit that and had to extend to 50, then I felt a bit cocky and set 100. To my amazement, I reached that and surpassed by 62 books. I am amazed and so grateful.


I'm going to highlight the titles that I think are memorable. (I refuse to rank them because that's just too hard a task, so these are in no particular order.)



  1. In My Life, by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. I'm a huge Beatles nerd, but that aside, this song is very special to me and my son. I loved that it has been turned into a picture book. It was such a special gift I was able to give this Christmas.

  2. I Talk Like A River, by Jordan Scott. This book is beautiful. It's poetic and it touches on a subject I can't see I've seen very often, but need to see more. A child who stutters and the impact kindness plays.

3. Henry and the Cannons: An Extraordinary True Story of The American Revolution, by Dan Brown. "Before Washington crossed the Delaware, Henry Knox crossed Massachusetts in winter—with 59 cannons in tow" This is the incredible retelling of the incredible Henry Knox. It's riveting and I loved it!

4. The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, by Florence Williams. This book is so informative and it's one of the two books that has changed my life this year. After reading, I started logging my time spent outside and how that corresponded to my mood and my phys and mental health. My findings were the same to those in this book. I now spend as much time as I possibly can outside and I am better for it.


5. The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music, by Dave Grohl. Dave Grohl is an incredible songwriter and I was curious if that translated to book writing and it does. It really does. He's had quite an eventful life and not one once of it is taken for granted. I was a Nirvana fan, I am a Foo Fighters fan. This book made me love Dave even more. He's a great dude.


6. Breath: The New Science of A Lost Art by James Nestor. Here's the second book that has changed my life this year. This was a book recommendation from my orofacial MYO therapist. (She helps me with my TMD pain.) It is fascinating, it is heartbreaking, it is absolutely a must-read. I've taken so much from this book and applied it to my every day life and again, I am better for it. You can do so much, just by breathing. Definitely worth checking out.



Can't wait to see what 2022 holds. Happy New Year!

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