2019 Reading List

Every year, I track the books I read and write short summaries of the books all on one page. This page is my ongoing reading list for 2019. (I also did this in 2017 and 2018, this is my third year in a row.) Recording what I read has improved the quality, breadth and number of books I read, which inspires me to keep doing it. If you’re curious, you can read more about why I track the books I read, how to decide what book to read next, and how to finish a book


2019 goals: read 36 books, read at least 50% books by women, read at least 50% books by people of color. To see what books I’m currently reading in 2019, scroll down the page. I update my book progress monthly.


January

January? I was returning from maternity leave, figuring out daycare and a nanny, and beginning to set up the plans for launching our Startup Pregnant community mastermind, and I don’t think I read a single book.

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February

The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility, by Lisa Hendrickson-Jack. In health, we often look to the four vital signs (body temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiration rate) as our key indicators of wellness. Women, however, have a very clear and regular pattern that most health providers do not track, and it’s a huge clue and window of opportunity for learning about our own health: our menstrual cycles. Lisa Hendrickson-Jack shares how and why to track our menstrual cycles (and also what to look for if you’re not yet cycling or post-menopausal), and why this immense amount of data and information can be so important for our long-term health, our fertility, and our own body awareness.

GuRu, by Ru Paul. I picked up this book in the library because I love the body positivity, self-awareness, and philosophical perspectives by this gender-defying, drag beauty who constantly challenges us to rethink what we think we know and how we think we’re supposed to show up in the world. The book was a very quick read, filled with single-page quotes and full-color images and playful stories, I flipped through it while on the subway one week while doing daycare pickups and dropoffs, and very much enjoyed it.

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March

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet And Why It Matters, by Priya Parker

Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach To Time And Energy Management For Busy Moms, by Kate Northrup.

Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos, by Lucy Knisley. 

Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and Other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches, by Hillary Frank.

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New Podcast: The Double Shift.

April

What They Don’t Tell You

Crib Sheet

How To Raise Successful People

All The Rage

Books I want to read next: Birth Strike. Programmed Inequality. Hunger, by Roxane Gay. How Long ’til Black Future Month? by N. K. Jemisin. Eloquent Rage, by Brittney Cooper. Dare To Lead, by Brene Brown. Overcoming Underearning, by Barbara Stanney.