“Once you learn to read, you will forever be free.” Frederick Douglass
This year has been the year of reading for me. My goal for the year was 36 books and I have already reached my goal! Today I am reviewing 5 of my 2018 reads.
So far, I have read the following titles (absolute favorites in bold): Modern Lovers / Sea Prayer / It Takes A Village / Chasing Slow / Make Your Bed / O’s Little Guide to the Big Questions / Congratulations, By The Way / Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions / Rework / Man’s Search for Meaning / Oh, The Places You’ll Go / Faithful / Baracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” / Little Fires Everywhere / How to Make It / Food Rules / Tiny Crimes / The Little Book of Tidying / The Mindful Way to a Goodnights Sleep / Survival Lessons / A Short Guide to a Long Life / The Catcher in the Rye / Night Shift / Of Thee I Sing / The Old Man and the Sea / And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer / The Hate U Give / Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine / The Last Mrs. Parrish / Everything Everything / Stay with Me / Dear Madam President / The Ostrich and Other Lost Things / The Twelve Tribes of Hattie / Lagom: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life / The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time / The Last Lecture / History of Wolves / The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World’s Happiest People / Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk / Destination: Simple – Rituals and Rhythms for a Simpler Daily Life / We Should All Be Feminists / Tuesdays with Morrie / The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well / The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo / The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up / Creative Confidence / What Now? / Where’d You Go, Bernadette / Make Good Art / They Both Die At The End / Today Will Be Different / Into The Water / The Rosie Project / A Simplified Life / Anniliation / The Mothers / Sing, Unburied, Sing / Turtles All The Way Down / Imagine: How Creativity Works / Exit West
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(3/5) I got this book from the discount cart at Barnes and Nobels, mostly because it was only $6 and I liked the cover. And honestly, after reading it, I don’t necessarily think it was worth the $6. It wasn’t terrible, but it just wasn’t memorable either. The cover might be my favorite thing about this book. The book really was a coming of age story for all of the characters, and while it was nice to see their progressions, none of their stories really caught my attention. It was one of those books I finished just to finish.
(4/5) First, I have never read a Khaled Hosseini book (although they are on my to-read list) so I don’t have anything to compare this book too. I picked this up from my local library because (1) the author (2) it was short and (3) the illustrations/drawings caught my attention. It is a short story about the current refugee crisis and it is a powerful book. I would recommend picking it up from your local library, or if you would like to support the UN Refugee Agency, purchase it, as the author will be donating his proceeds to the organization.
(4/5) This book has really mixed reviews, and I almost didn’t read it because of all the bad reviews I saw, however, this book really surprised me. I had not heard of Erin before, and have not seen her show or read her blog, so her writing style was new to me. I thought this book was really beautifully written and I thought it was really profound in a lot of respects. As the title suggests, this book is about Erin’s personal journey with chasing a slower lifestyle and I personally connected with her and her story. I can see how this would not be for everyone, but I highly recommend it.
The Rosie Project
(3/5) This was a gift from my mom (a librarian!) and I would put it closer to 4 stars than 2 stars, however, parts of it were kind of lackluster for me, so I give it a solid 3. This is a funny novel about a quirky genetics professor and his quest to find a wife. Don, the professor, is socially challenged, so there are some really hilarious and charming parts to this book. It does have a follow-up novel, so I will be reading that in 2019!.
A Simplified Life
(3/5) You probably know Emily Ley for her planners (who doesn’t?!) and maybe her first book, Grace, Not Perfection. Her second book, A Simplified Life, does read like a set of blog posts, but I personally like that format. She talks about decluttering, strategies, organizing and overall simplifying your life. I wouldn’t say any of it was especially earth-shattering, but there were a lot of tactical takeaways that I did implement into my own day-to-day. If you like self-improvement books with real, practical strategies, I would definitely recommend this.