October 2022 Book Recap – The Fitnessista

Share the books I read in October and if I would recommend adding them to your list!

Hi friends! How are you? I hope you had a wonderful weekend! The pilot had a promotion at work – I’ll share some photos in Friday Favorites – and we had a great time celebrating with friends and family. This morning I have a bunch of work stuff to do because I’m out of town this week for a business mastermind. I’m looking forward to a walk with Maisey to break up the day and some 1:1 coaching calls.

For today’s post, I’m sharing the books I read last month! It’s been a hit and miss month, and I have high hopes for some new books on the old nightstand. Here is the summary of October’s books.


October 2022 Book Summary

The Cancer Revolution

I picked up a copy of The Cancer Revolution because I Dr. Connealy on Instagram follows and LOVES her account. She shares so much valuable information, and I think it’s fascinating to be able to follow someone who is treating cancer regularly and successfully. She uses a mix of alternative and traditional therapies, including IV vitamin infusions, oxygen therapy, red light, detox strategies and sauna, in addition to low-dose chemotherapy. I wanted to read this book because I’m all about empowering myself with extra tools and information, and found so many valuable resources in this book for preventing cancer, treating cancer, potentially helpful supplements, and more. 10/10 recommended.

From Amazon:

When it comes to cancer, conventional doctors are trained to treat their patients exclusively with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. These methods are grueling on the whole body – and they do not treat beyond the tumor or the cancer itself. The focus is on the disease, not the whole person – and as a result the outcomes in conventional medicine can be bleak.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy has developed a very personal approach to treating cancer – and these treatments have helped thousands of patients through her Cancer Center for Healing. In The Cancer Revolution, Dr Connealy shows you how to get to the root causes of cancer and the practical steps you can take to get back on the road to healing – from balancing your body’s chemistry with nutritional supplements, following ‘ a healthy food plan, detoxing your body and home, exercising regularly, getting deep restful sleep every night, practicing stress reduction techniques and assembling a supportive healing team.

Chemotherapy and radiation have their place in treatment, but in many cases they are simply not enough, because cancer is not caused by one thing, but by many different factors. All of these causes need to be addressed, not just the tumor. The Cancer Revolution will equip you to make impactful, achievable lifestyle choices that fight the root of the disease, and that offer hope for recovery and a cancer-free life.



You guys. This book was WILD. I listened to the audio version and the narrator was fantastic. I loved the different voices for characters and really brought life to this Butterfly Effect like story. The premise of the book is that a man named Jake Epping is tasked with using a portal to go back in time to stop the assassination of JFK. In the process, he also wants to save and change the life of someone he knows. Jake learns the consequences of changing the past, in addition to trying to decide if he ever wants to return to the present.

I’ve never read anything by Stephen King, as I typically stay away from *scary* or gruesome books. This book was intense, and some parts were hard for me to listen to, but I can see why Stephen King is so popular lol. My only problem with this one is that it is LONG. The guy is wordy. He probably could have thrown away about 200 pages in the middle. At the same time, the character development is so deep, and I still think about it (especially the ending!). I would give it a 9/10. I also want to watch the series on Hulu now!

From Amazon:

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died and the world changed. What if you could change it back?

In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King – who has captured the social, political and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other author – takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of changing it.

It starts with Jake Epping, a 35-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away: a gruesome, disturbing story about the night more than 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and his mother , killed his sister and his mother. brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life – like Harry’s, like America’s in 1963 – turns on a dime.

Not long after, his friend Al, who owns the local diner, reveals a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a specific day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission he became obsessed – to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

Thus begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in another world – of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and socks and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the stuffy little town of Derry, Maine (where there’s Dunning business to be done), to the warm-hearted little town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn, of course, eventually leads to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly tense – and where history may no longer be history. Time travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.

Hester – DNF

I had high hopes for this Book of the Month image, and thought it would be a fun fall/Halloween choice. About halfway through, I called it up. I am so bored and there are too many books to be read. If you want my copy, I’d be happy to pass it along!

From Amazon:

A vivid reimagining of the woman who inspired Hester Prynne, the tragic heroine of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, and a journey into the lasting legacy of New England’s witch trials.

Who is the real Hester Prynne?

Isobel Gamble is a young seamstress who carries generations of secrets when she leaves Scotland with her husband, Edward, in the early 1800s. An apothecary who fell under the spell of opium, his pile of debt forced them to flee Edinburgh for a fresh start in the New World. But only days after they arrive in Salem, Edward suddenly joins a departing ship as a doctor – leaving Isobel penniless and alone in a strange land, forced to make her way by any means possible.

When she meets a young Nathaniel Hawthorne, the two are immediately drawn to each other: he is a man haunted by his ancestors, who sent innocent women to the gallows – while she is an extraordinarily gifted needlewoman, tormented by her own strange talents. As the weeks pass and Edward’s safe return becomes increasingly unlikely, Nathaniel and Isobel grow closer and closer. Together they are a muse and a dark storyteller; the bewitched and the bewitched. But which is which?

In this sensual and hypnotizing story, a young immigrant woman grapples with our country’s complicated past, and learns that America’s ideas of freedom and liberty often fall short of their promise. Interwoven with Isobel and Nathaniel’s story is a lively interrogation of who a “real” American might be in the first half of the 19th century, a depiction of the early days of the Underground Railroad in New England, and atmospheric interstitials that capturing the long time. history of “unusual” women accused of witchcraft. Meticulously researched yet evocatively imagined, Laurie Lico Albanese’s Hester is a timeless tale of art, ambition and desire that explores the roots of female creative power and the men who seek to shut it down.


Go-to dinner

I was so excited when my favorite released a new cookbook. You can always count on Ina for recipes that are carefully tested and taste amazing. I have about a 99% success rate with Ina recipes, and she is my go-to when I’m looking for a dinner party recipe or crowd pleaser. This cookbook is focused on dinners that can be made fairly quickly, along with side dishes and desserts. The dessert selection alone is worth it (a delicious chocolate tart and cupcakes), and I can’t wait to add some of these new meals to the rotation.

From Amazon:

Even Ina Garten, America’s most trusted and beloved home cook, sometimes finds cooking stressful. To make life easy she relies on a repertoire of recipes that she knows will turn out perfectly every time. Cooking night after night during the pandemic inspired her to rethink the way she approached dinner, and the result is this collection of comforting and delicious recipes you’ll love preparing and serving. You’ll find plenty of freeze-ahead, make-ahead, prep-ahead, and easy-to-assemble recipes so you, too, can make dinner a breeze.

In Go-To Dinners, Ina shares her strategies for making her most satisfying and uncomplicated dinners. Many, like Overnight Mac & Cheese, you can make ahead and throw in the oven just before dinner. Light dinners like Tuscan White Bean Soup can be prepared in advance and put together at the last minute. Family meals like Chicken in a Pot with Orzo and Hasselback Kielbasa will feed a crowd with very little effort. And who doesn’t want to eat breakfast for dinner? You’ll find recipes for Scrambled Eggs Cacio e Pepe and Roasted Vegetables with Jammie Eggs that are easy to make and so satisfying. Ina’s “Two-Fers” guides you on how to turn leftovers from one dinner into something different and delicious the second night.

And sometimes the best dinner is one you don’t even have to cook! You’ll find Ina’s favorite plates to serve with store-bought ingredients, such as an Antipasto Platter and Breakfast for Dinner Platter that are fun to put together and so impressive to serve. Finally, because no meal is dinner without dessert, there are plenty of prep and easy treats like a Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie and Beatty’s Chocolate Cupcakes that everyone will rave about.

For Ina, “I love you, come for dinner” is more than just an invitation to share a meal, it is a way to create a community of friends and family who love each other and each other care, and we all need it now more than ever. These popular recipes will give you the confidence to create dinners that will bring everyone to your table.

What are you reading now? I am looking for a page turner after the Hester let down.

I’d also love to hear your favorite cookbook author!

Have a wonderful morning and thank you so much for stopping by the blog today!



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