January book recap – The Fitnessista

I’m sharing the books I read in January and I recommend adding them to your collection!

Hello friends! How was the weekend? I hope you had a great time! We were in Phoenix for an awards ceremony and walked around Camelback before heading home.

For today’s post, I wanted to share a summary of the books I read in January. I really wanted to start writing books, enjoy some fun reads, and I finished five books last month. They were a mix of fiction and non-fiction, and I enjoyed them all.

Here’s a summary of the month:

January book summary

Friends, lovers and the great terrible thing

I was hesitating about this because I love Friends and I love Matthew Perry so much. I had heard some people say that this made them like me LESS, and I didn’t want that. The good news is that for me he did the exact opposite and I discovered that he loved it even more. I think many of us grew up seeing Friendsand feel connected to all the characters. Even though I was in fifth or sixth grade when it started, I watched almost every episode, starting with the first one. My wise 11 or 12 year old self recognized that it was something special.

This book is heartbreaking, as expected, and offers real insight into the struggles addicts face. Addiction took over his life, sabotaged his relationships, affected his work, and impacted his mental health. It was also devastating to know that all he really wanted was a wife and children. He had *everything* but at the same time he felt like he had nothing. I recommend listening to the Audible version so you can hear it in his own voice. 8/10

Of Amazon:

“Hello, my name is Matthew, although you may know me by another name. My friends call me Matty. And he should be dead.”

Thus begins the fascinating story of acclaimed actor Matthew Perry, taking us on his journey from childhood ambition to fame, addiction and recovery after a life-threatening health scare. Before the frequent hospital visits and stints in rehab, there was five-year-old Matthew, who traveled from Montreal to Los Angeles, shuffling between his estranged parents; Fourteen-year-old Matthew, who was a nationally ranked tennis star in Canada; Twenty-four-year-old Matthew, who landed a coveted role as a lead cast member in the then-talked-about pilot Friends Like Us. . . and much more.

In an extraordinary story that only he could tell (and in the heartfelt, hilarious, and warmly familiar way that only he could tell it), Matthew Perry lays bare the fractured family that raised him (and also left him to his fate), the desire for the recognition that brought him fame and the void inside him that he could not fill even by making his greatest dreams come true. But he also details the peace he found in sobriety and what he feels about the ubiquity of Friends, sharing stories about his co-stars and other stars he met along the way. Frankly self-aware and with his trademark humor, Perry vividly describes his lifelong battle with addiction and what fueled it even though he seemingly had it all.

Friends, lovers and the great terrible thing is an unforgettable memoir that is both intimate and revealing, as well as a hand extended to anyone struggling with sobriety. Unflinchingly honest, moving, and wildly funny, this is the audiobook fans have been waiting for.

Paris’s daughter

Kristin Harmel has become one of my favorite authors of World War II historical fiction. She does an incredible job weaving together various characters, stories, and perspectives. While This It wasn’t my *favorite*. I loved the ending and how everything came together. It was surely an unexpected ending. 7/10

Here is the synopsis from Amazon:

Paris, 1939: Young mothers Elise and Juliette become fast friends the day they meet in the beautiful Bois de Boulogne. Although there is a shadow of war creeping across Europe, none of the women suspect that their lives are about to change irrevocably.

When Elise becomes a target of the German occupation, she entrusts Juliette with the most precious thing in her life: her little daughter, Juliette’s own daughter’s playmate. But no place is safe in war, not even a quiet little bookstore like Juliette’s Librairie des Rêves, and when a bomb falls in her neighborhood, Juliette’s world is destroyed along with her.

More than a year later, when the war finally ends, Elise returns to reunite with her daughter, only to find her friend’s bookstore reduced to rubble and Juliette missing. What happened to her daughter in those last, terrible moments? Juliette has seemingly disappeared without a trace, taking all of her answers with her. Elise’s desperate search brings her to New York (and Juliette) in one final, fateful moment.
An “exquisite, heartbreaking novel” (Lisa Barr, New York Times bestselling author) you won’t soon forget. Paris’s daughter It is also a broad celebration of resilience, motherhood and love.

Allergies: Illness in Disguise: Cure Your Allergic Condition Permanently and Naturally

I’ve been focusing a lot on allergies over the last 9 months, especially since I realized that my eye problems were a combination of autoimmune-type inflammation and allergies, both from the environment and from food. Once I got my allergies under control, my eyes stopped calling (knock on wood…). As I read, I realized that I was using some of the strategies in this bookand he explained it in a way that made a lot of sense.

Allergic reactions don’t always depend on a single allergen, but are a result of histamine load – the compound effects of what you’re doing. That’s why I’m fine with a little bit of fermented food, but if I have a lot of fermented food, plus more high-histamine food, I’m stressed, I’m petting a furry dog, and it’s windy with pollen outside. , I will explode. I’ve been trying to pay more attention to my histamine load and eliminated my food sensitivities, which has made a big difference.

Something else caught my attention: antihistamines do not solve the problem. When we have the histamine response, a flare is a sign that there is a fire in the body. The antihistamine is simply removing the smoke alarm; It doesn’t put out the fire.

While I don’t agree with everything the book says (she recommends a high-carb, low-protein, mostly raw diet), I learned a ton and would highly recommend it if you’re allergic. 9/10

Of Amazon:

Allergy is generally misunderstood. If left untreated, it can lead to a serious degenerative disease. Asthma, migraines, arthritis, ulcers and obesity have been linked to allergies. Fatigue, irritability, body pain, digestive problems and other vague ailments are typical of allergies. Dr. Bateson-Koch explains why allergy is becoming more common, how it is related to environmental factors, food additives, diet, digestion, body chemistry, addiction, yeast, mold, parasites and childhood diseases, and why enzymes They are the key to healing. By following his program, you won’t have to give up your pet, get allergy shots, rotate foods, keep diet diaries, or cook allergy-free recipes for the rest of your life. Not only will you recover and enjoy an allergy-free life, but you will also gain valuable insight into health and wellness.

Don’t make it weird

I have followed Colleen for years and was very excited about her book. Your content always makes me laugh and inspires me, so I booked it as soon as I could. Definitely check out the Audible version. so you can hear it in his voice. I highly recommend this one if you work in the online space in any capacity, especially if you struggle with creating content and putting yourself out there. 9/10

Of Amazon:

Have you ever engaged with someone’s boring dance video on Instagram? Probably not, if you’re honest. Gimmicks just don’t work, but the pressure of having an online presence can make people do strange things.

In the end, you will have to talk nonsense. The good news is that when you eliminate excuses and get rid of self-sabotaging behaviors, you can learn to be a real human being on the Internet.

In Don’t make it weird, Colleen teaches you how to bring your entire personality (the messy, the awkward, and the mundane) to your online presence to create true connection and community. And, of course, sell to people without it being strange.
Anything you want to do, you can do it. Fair Don’t make it weird.

The room on Amélie Street

This was another Kristin Harmel novel and it’s definitely in my top five books. It was heartbreaking, hopeful, and beautifully written. I definitely cried because of a beautiful and satisfying ending. I definitely recommend it if you like historical fiction. 9/10

Of Amazon:

When newlywed Ruby Henderson Benoit arrives in Paris in 1939 with her French husband, Marcel, she imagines herself strolling arm in arm along the grand boulevards, flooded by the golden afternoon light. But war looms on the horizon, and as France falls to the Nazis, her marriage begins to crumble as well.

Charlotte Dacher is 11 years old when the Germans arrive in the French capital, their sinister swastika flags fluttering in the breeze. After Jewish restrictions go into effect and Jews are ordered to wear the yellow star, she Charlotte can’t imagine things getting much worse. But then mass deportations begin and her life is shattered forever.

Thomas Clarke joins the British Royal Air Force to protect his country, but when his beloved mother is killed in a German bombing raid during the final days of the Blitz, he questions if he is really making a difference. He then finds himself in Paris, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, and discovers a new reason to keep fighting… and an unexpected way home.

When fate brings them together, Ruby, Charlotte and Thomas must muster the courage to defy the Nazis (and open their own broken hearts) as they fight to survive. Rich in historical drama and emotional depth, this is an unforgettable story that will stay with you long after the last minute.

Ok friends: what was the best book you read last month? What’s on your TBR list right now?



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