Working for a library system has one major perk: library books are delivered to your desk!
With the start of the new year, I set a reading goal for myself because the most successful people tend to have one thing in common: they read. (click here for more) I had heard this while earning my Master’s but was reminded of it while listening to an episode of the Millionaire Theme Hour on the Dave Ramsey podcast. Are you sick of him yet? One of the questions he asks these successful (and not famous) individuals is how many books they read a year. Four out of five times the answer is more than 10 books a year. Insert my goal: 15
I’ve started the year off strong with the help of a long, cold winter and a honeymoon. Here’s what I’ve read this quarter and a brief review of each:
The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs // I really enjoyed this book. The author has a dark sense of humor that made me laugh out loud multiple times and really makes you think about what makes a meaningful life when you have limited time.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein // I read this book on the first full day of our honeymoon, relaxing in the sun; I couldn’t put it down! I cried and cried during the last two chapters – it’s written from the perspective of the dog and is just what I imagine a dog thinks during the course of its life. We don’t deserve dogs FYI.
Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother’s Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South by Beth Macy // I also read this book while on our honeymoon but wasn’t read in a day (5 to be exact). This isn’t my idea of a book to read while on holiday but I did enjoy the story of the two brothers who were kidnapped and forced to travel the world as circus freaks. The author does a great job at exploring the question: where they better off?
Living Well, Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life by Ruth Soukup // This book was on my must-read list for a number of months and I wish I had read reviews prior to taking it out. There was maybe ONE chapter that was exactly what I wanted/needed to hear – the rest, was mostly about living a good, Christian life = I can normally block this out (I am not a religious person), but it was really heavy and not for me. Her story felt very… weird… like a rich woman trying to act frugal but was still very much concerned with her designer clothes, car and perfectly decorated house. I’m not knocking her lifestyle, I just couldn’t connect with it while on my journey to financial freedom.
The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking // I also really enjoyed this little book! The illustrations were beautiful and the reading was inspiring – almost makes me want to move to Denmark! I can’t wait to take this book into consideration when we start decorating our home – and by decorating, I mean replacing light fixtures and paint colors etc. Also important to note: hygge is not about what you HAVE, it’s what you FEEL.
I’m “ahead” of schedule but must admit I’m falling behind; I don’t know if it’s the longer days or what, but I’ve had zero motivation to read this month.
Have any good book suggestions? Do you use Good Reads to keep track of everything you’ve read? (the beau got me hooked!)