I’ve always loved reading. I used to spend all of my birthday and Christmas money on Nancy Drew books at Borders. Nowadays, I mostly read on my Kindle using the Overdrive app, “checking out” ebooks from my library in Round Rock. Sometimes I have to wait weeks (or months) to read a popular book or new release, and they don’t have all books available in an ebook format, but Overdrive has saved me so much money that I really can’t complain.
As I’ve been spending less time on social media, I’ve had more time to read. I set a goal to read 50 books this year. I think I could probably do more; if I have time to browse the internet and time to watch TV, I have time to read. I’ll probably make 2019’s goal to read 75 books.
The last couple of years, I’ve also tried to vary what I read. It’s easy for me to get into a rut and keep reading the same kind of books one after the other (AKA “chick lit” books that suck you in with their drama and then a week after you’ve finished the book, you’ve already forgotten the main character’s name), but I’m trying to read more classics, memoirs, and books that I hope will leave me with a lasting message, theme or lesson.
Here’s the list of books I’ve read so far this year (I think I’m going to reach my goal!). I’ve put an asterisk by books I loved.
- Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy by Anne Lamott *
- Forward: A Memoir by Abby Wambach
- The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
- Better than Before by Gretchen Rubin
- I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron
- Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
- Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty *
- Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes
- If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey
- The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney *
- The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel *
- Salt Houses by Hala Alyan *****!!!
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston *
- Bachelor Nation by Amy Kaufman
- A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter *
- Quiet by Susan Cain *
- Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Flat Broke with Two Goats by Jennifer McGaha
- Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin *
- Confessions of a Domestic Failure by Bunmi Laditan
- Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie *
- In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume *
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison *
- Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng *
- Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
- Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors *
What are you reading? I’m always looking for recommendations.