2015 READING LIST UPDATE

2015 Book List Update

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

 

The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion (my thoughts on this book here)

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

All The Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr (my thoughts on this book here)

The Circle, by Dave Eggers (my thoughts on this book here)

The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins (my thoughts on this book here)

The Good Girl, by Mary Kubica (my thoughts on this book here)

The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah (my thoughts on this book here)

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

The Most of Nora Ephron

 

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 SeeBut 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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