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.
I'm kind of obsessed with sleep (baby and adult), and I just finished reading The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington. The first half kind of dragged on about all the problems associated with too little sleep (I got the point pretty quickly), but the second half about various solutions and routines was helpful. I also enjoyed the very detailed appendix that included lots of solutions, gadgets, and even hotel recommendations that are sleep-friendly. The advice on travel was also useful.
My full notes on the book are below.
I just finished reading NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson. I heard about it via another parenting author, Janet Lansbury.
I found it had a lot of overlap with books like The Whole Brain Child. I still found it interesting and enjoyed the survey of various scientific studies done that question common beliefs about parenting. I also enjoyed how it reinforced how many of the practices of our parents, grandparents, and many past generations still make sense and why (and which ones don't).
My full notes on the book, which are somewhat minimal this time, are below.