9 Books on my Summer Reading List

Hiya kids! It's been a while. I've been in one of those non-writing phases on the ole' blog here, which is why I'm coming to you today with something that might work well for us both: I get to write a fairly simple list, (books currently occupying my mind-space and nightside table) and YOU get to pick up a few new ideas for great reads!

(Warning: this list is admittedly fiction-lacking. I am a human performance, nutrition, inspiration, and history nerd. You've been warned.)

So without further ado:

1. My Foot is Too Big for the Glass Slipper - A guide to the Less Than Perfect Life - by Gabby Reece

I was fortunate enough to attend the XPT Fitness Retreat in Kauai this last February hosted by Gabby Reece & team, and the experience was nothing short of a game changer for me. (More on that later.) Gabby instantly became a HUGE role model for me. And I loved her easy-read book - it's refreshing, hilarious, no-bullshit, and inspiring. Just like her.

2. Primal Body Primal Mind - by Nora Gedgaudas

Status: just ordered. I found a great podcast that hosted the author Nora Gedgaudas in an lengthy and informative chat about all things nutrition, healthy fats, metabolism, and our ancestors; it reminded me to order her book STAT so I can gobble up all the detailed science she drops about food & nutrition!

3. Deep Nutrition - by Catherine Shanahan M.D.

This is an old favorite for me, and also the number one book I recommend to anyone interested in nutrition... and that should be everyone, IMHO. If you grew up in the low-fat generation of TV dinners and "lite" everything, or spent time as a compassionate vegan like myself, or are just searching for better health, this book is for you. 

4. What Doesn't Kill Us - by Scott Carney

If you haven't heard of Wim Hof yet, don't worry: you will. Author Scott Carney takes us on a journey of discovery with Hof, aka The Ice Man, to learn more about why we now seem like big softy-losers in comparison to our bad-ass ancestors. 

(You'll be begging me to come hop into my backyard ice-bath when you finish the book. Just sayin'.)

5. Unplugged - By Brian McKenzie, Dr. Andy Galpin, Phil White

Author Brian McKenzie is another founder of the XPT Retreat, alongside Gabby Reece & Laird Hamilton. Hearing his insight into human performance on the retreat made me eager to read anything he writes, so this one is on pre-order for me! It comes out July 11th on Amazon... get on the list!

6. Stealing Fire - by Steven Kotler

Status: in the middle of it; loving it; intense reading. It's about using 4 "accelerating forces" to harness rare and controversial states of consciousness. It's making me think that more people would definitely benefit from regular meditation (which we all know), and more people might possibly benefit from micro-dosing of psycho-active substances (insert eyebrow-raised emoji here); all in the potential of reaching a state of FLOW, or super-connected consciousness. Good stuff. 

7. Island of the Sequined Love Nun -  by Christopher Moore

We now pause all of this fitness & nutrition business to give you a delightful, whimsical fiction favorite of mine, which makes for great hammock or beach reading. If you love Tom Robbins, you'll love this one and anything by Christopher Moore. 

8. Blue Latitudes - by Tony Horwitz

I'm obsessed with islands, and the South Pacific, to be specific. The history of this huge expanse of ocean fascinates me. This book retraces the jaw-dropping nautical explorations of Captain Cook almost 250 years ago, with humor and captivating detail. 

9. Under the Black Flag - by David Cordingly

This one comes from our current binge-watching of the show Black Sails (on Hulu or Amazon), and my absolute fascination with pirates that started way back in the day, on my first wide-eyed ride on Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland. I'm reading this book because inevitably as we watch the fictional-but-based-on-historical-events show, I've got LOTS OF QUESTIONS about the "reality of life among the Pirates."  

There you have it! I'd love to hear if you check these out, or have any great ones to add to my list! Comment below and say hello! 

xo January

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