I didn’t do much blog reading this past week, so I thought I’d share the books I finished in December, as well as recap the top posts from the blog this past year.
I only read one non-fiction book this month.
I recommend How to Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price if you’re serious about limiting the amount of time you spend on your phone. In the first half of the book, she outlines the issues we often have with our phones. Those include addiction, changes in your brain, the effects of social media, and how advertisers want to program us to be on our phones as much as possible.
The second half lays out a plan for being more mindful users of our phones. She doesn’t suggest getting rid of your phone, but rather learning to use it mindfully. Don’t let it be your default when you’re bored, or allow yourself to just mindlessly scroll. There’s a 30-day program in the book, which includes plenty of helpful tips including taking a “phast” from your phone. This was a relatively short book, but definitely helpful.
I finished four fiction books this month.
Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow is set in Charleston during the Revolutionary War. Nikki recommended this book, and I’d say it was one of my favorite reads this year. It’s an older book, and reminded me of the kind I read as a teenager.
Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock was a quick read that I also really enjoyed. It was a sweet story about an old lady, her granddaughter, and a cab driver.
Amy Snow by Tracy Rees was an entertaining book with a nice mix of mystery and romance.
The final one is Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver. It was an Agatha Christie type novel. That’s not a genre that I normally read, but this was another fun book as well.
I didn’t publish as many posts here as I have in previous years. Life has felt a bit busier in general, and I’m definitely focusing on making the most of these last years of high school with my daughters. That being said, I do hope to be a little more consistent with my writing in 2019.
Here’s a countdown of the top ten posts (according to Google analytics) published here on Girls to Grow over the past year.
If you have a favorite post that didn’t make the list, let me know what it was! Hope you have a wonderful weekend as we prepare for 2019!!