July Reading Report

Here is my latest reading report.  This month I only read one book, but it was a really good one.  I’ve also included a few noteworthy blog posts for you to check out.

The book and noteworthy blog posts I read in July 2017.


The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits by Tommy Caldwell

The Push is Tommy Caldwell’s memoir about his life and adventures as one of the best rock climbers in the world.  I’ve been so exhausted these past couple weeks from working at a summer camp, that I really didn’t get started with this one until this past weekend.  Once I started reading it, I could not put it down.

Caldwell’s father taught him how to rock climb from a very early age, and took him on his first climbing trips to the Rockies and Yosemite.  As a teenager, he began climbing in competitions, and started traveling the world.  As a young man he met another young climbing phenom, Beth Rodden, and the two became the first couple of climbing.

After being held hostage for six days (with two other climbers) by rebels in Kyrgyzstan and escaping their captors, Caldwell and Rodden became very codependent.  They got married and continued climbing, but something was never right about their relationship.  After their relationship disintegrates, Caldwell falls apart and then finds himself on a new challenge, the Dawn Wall of El Capitan in Yosemite.  The Dawn Wall was a huge undertaking and one that many people did not think was possible.  For seven years, Caldwell worked on mastering the pitches of this climb, while finding love again and starting a family.

I used to do a lot of rock climbing in college, and was interested in the subject matter of this book, but it was actually an essay that Caldwell’s ex-wife, Beth Rodden, wrote for Outside Magazine about her experience with Tommy and their harrowing escape in Kyrgyzstan that led me to this book. If you are interested in adventure, fitness and/or the outdoors, I highly recommend this book.

Noteworthy Blog Posts

“I Don’t Have an Engagement Ring and I’m Not a Loser” – The Luxe Strategist

The wedding industry wants you to believe that you are not truly engaged unless your fiancé spends three months salary on a diamond ring.  The Luxe Strategist wasn’t interested in her (now) husband spending three months salary on a ring, and set a budget for $3,000.  The more she looked at rings, the more she realized that they weren’t for her.  No ring made her heart sing, so she ultimately decided to pass on an engagement ring altogether.

I had similar feelings when my husband and I first started to talk about getting married.  I never was a ring person, and the idea of him spending thousands of dollars on a diamond ring made me cringe.  Luckily, my grandmother had a ring that fit me that we used as the engagement ring, and he didn’t have to spend a penny on one.  Now that we’re married, I save the engagement ring for special occasions, and wear my low profile wedding band every day.

“We Found Our House on Craigslist” – Adventure Rich

When Mr. and Mrs. Adventure Rich relocated to Michigan, they quickly became discouraged by the housing market.  After searching for a couple weeks and not finding anything that fit their needs and price range, they resigned themselves to renting.

Then a lightbulb lit up.  Why not search for houses to buy on Craigslist? They found the perfect house, negotiated a good price, moved in, and the rest is history.

This is such a great idea!  I checked Craigslist for our area and there is a whole range of houses for sale (hunting cabins to estates).  If you’d like to cut out the middleman or if you just want more options, check out Craigslist and see what’s for sale in your area.

“10 Things You Can Do Instead of Making a Car Payment” – Mr. Jamie Griffin

I was not surprised to read that the average American spends almost $500 a month on a car payment.  I know couples that pay double this per month for two new cars.  In this post, Mr. Jamie Griffin lists ten ideas of what else you could spend your money on, if you didn’t have a car payment.  If buying new cars is your thing, Jamie suggests paying off your current car and saving for the next one.

I was very reluctant to take out a car loan for my car, and we are working hard to pay it off.  I would like to continue setting aside money each month after my car is paid off to buy a newer car for Mr. Farmhouse Finance in a few years.   What would you do with an extra $500 a month?

What have you read this month?

Interested in what I read last month?  Check out the June Reading Report.


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The book and noteworthy blog posts I read in July 2017.

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