The year is flying by at the speed of well, time. So I thought it’d be fun to do a little update on the reading list from my post at the beginning of 2015. I mentioned that I read in cycles, and that is definitely proving true. I also listen to podcasts in cycles, workout in cycles, etc. I was reading a ton at the beginning of the year, and then it slowed down a little until recently it picked back up again.
On the list of 21 books that I was hoping to read in the first quarter of the year I have read almost nine. I thought I’d read more at the pool this summer but getting through my magazines alone (and chatting with my husband when he’s there with me) has taken most of my pool time. Maybe that means I need more pool time…
The health books, specifically The China Study and Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition are a bit dense and intimidating which is probably why I haven’t read them. I also started Die Empty and Creative Confidence but wasn’t really into either of them that much so I didn’t continue reading. Honestly, I think I bought Creative Confidence for the cool cover. I’ll probably finish skimming them just in case I find something valuable in there.
THE BOOKS I’VE READ SO FAR IN 2015
Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
The Woman I Wanted to Be, by Diane von Furstenberg
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories, by Marina Keegan
What I Learned Losing A Million Dollars, by Jim Paul and Brendan Moynihan
The Obstacle is the Way, by Ryan Holiday
Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
The Interestings, Meg Wolitzer
On Writing, by Stephen King
Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It, by Gary Taubes
Better Than Before, by Gretchen Rubin
The One Thing, by Gary Keller
Play It As It Lays, by Joan Didion
The Art of Social Media, by Guy Kawaskai & Peg Fitzpatrick
Grace: A Memoir, by Grace Coddington
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown
Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides (I was probably 3/4 of the way through when the library took it back from me, so I’m almost done with it.)
That’s 22 books. There may be a few more that were short or just not really worth mentioning, but that comes to about 2-3 books per month. Not really where I wanted to be — was really hoping to read more!
To list the books that I want to read would be never-ending but here a few I already have on my bookshelf just waiting for their turn.
9 BOOKS ON MY READING LIST I ALREADY OWN
Lovers On All Saints’ Day, by Juan Gabriel Vasquez (currently reading)
The Star Side of Bird Hill, by Naomi Jackson
One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Liar’s Club, by Mary Karr
Mastery, by Robert Greene
The Private Lives of the Impressionists, by Sue Roe
The Art of Learning, by Josh Waitzkin
An Object of Beauty, by Steve Martin
So really, I shouldn’t buy any books until I read all of these. But it’s just so tempting when I see a beautiful cover!
Of the books I’ve read so far this year, I’d have to say the ones that have stuck out to me the most are The Nightingale (a beautiful, memorable story), On Writing (I love learning about super successful people and how they got there), and The Circle (makes you think about technology & giant companies a little differently). They have all been very memorable books for me. I wouldn’t say that The Circle was my favorite book or anything, but the story was so different than anything I’ve read. I also really enjoyed The Interestings and All The Light We Cannot See. But honestly, I really enjoyed most of the books I listed!
What are you reading right now? What have you read lately that you loved?
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