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3 Things Thursday: Book Edition

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I am a Reader.  Definitely with a capital “R”.  Whatever I get interested in, I start reading about obsessively.  Lately, it’s been healthy living, running and memoirs about the above.

1. Yesterday I finished Thin is the New Happy by Valerie Frankel.  A very easy read, and one that makes you want to finish.  I actualkly remember this article from Self about her naked photo shoot that she discusses in her book.  Frankel was taught from an early age to have a bad body image from her mother and wrote this book about how she tried to give up negative thoughts and past baggage to finally lose weight and feel good about herself.  One of the things that bothered me is she was never all that fat.  I think a size 14 was her highest, which made some of how she talked about herself really bother me.  It is so sad that a woman who was average to thin in todays society had such negative self-esteem.  My favorite part is reading about her clothing transformation, which I will discuss at length in a post later this week.  She’s friends with Stacy London, who helped her dress correctly for her body.  Soooo jealous.

2. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.  This book is fantastic.  Each month for a year Gretchen chose one aspect of her life to work on to become a happier and more joyful person.  It made me think about my happiness and my year of balance and how connected they are.  You can start your own Happiness Project at her blog.

3. The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl by Shauna Reid. I love reading books where the ending is not the perfect one expected.  Shauna never reaches her goal weight in the book, but she does find happiness, self-worth and a husband.  She is easy to relate to and highly motivational.

I highly recommend adding these books to your reading queue, either through buying (Amazon links included, I get a small amount of money for you buying, your price is the same) or through the library (the way I read all of these:-)).

Any books you have loved reading lately?  Comment below!


4 Responses

  1. I’ve been wanting to read The Happiness Project- thanks for the review and reminder!

  2. OOOH. Cannot wait to read about the clothing transformation on #1. Very cool. I would be jealous too.

  3. Ooh, these sound great!! I am adding them to my to be read pile :) Thanks!

  4. I have read those first two! And I love the Two Fits Chicks and a Microphone podcast that Shauna contributes to. Do you listen to it?

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