I just finished reading Baby Makes Three by John Gottman. Before I got married, I learned a lot from his other more popular book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, and after that I also enjoyed his book What Makes Love Last.
I finally got around to reading the sequel about relationships in parenthood, and I found it a good refresher of his main lessons. Overall, it had a lot of overlap with the other two books, and the examples it drew upon were all based on conflicts and difficulties caused by having a baby. A lot of that resonated with my experience. Even though the lessons were similar to other books, it was a good refresher to read over the years, and I found the points around softened startup and the research around heart rate during flooding to be interesting and useful.
My full notes on the book are below.
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Happy New Year!
2018 was a very busy year, as I got full force into angel investing and then into Epirus, my latest startup adventure. Nevertheless, I managed to ramp up my reading a bit, which I'm proud of. I think two factors contributed the most to that. First, I finally managed to get out of the house a bit more, which meant more driving and walking (and thus more time to listen to audiobooks). Second, I scaled down the number of podcasts I subscribe to, which allowed more room for reading.
I completed 31 books last year, which is still low for what I'm used to but 34% better than 2017. I hope in 2019 I can bring that number up again. The books I read in 2018 were still heavily concentrated in the baby/parenting arena because that's still a major focus of my life right now, though I did manage to include some other fiction, nonfiction, and magic in there. I also caught up on a lot of the "extra" Harry Potter books (like Fantastic Beasts) in anticipation of the new movie that came out. I want to also aim for more diversity of books in 2019.