One of my goals for this year is to read more books. I’d love to hit ten a month, but I think setting my goal for six and exceeding it will be better. Each month I’m going to do a post on some of the books I read the previous month. I’ll be talking about even more books in my newsletter if you want to get all of those details.
Here are three of the books I read in January:
The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer
The colorful cover of this book is what first grabbed me. I remember reading a little bit about it and putting it on my to-read list, however, I didn’t reread the synopsis right before reading the book, so I didn’t remember what it was about. I actually like to read that way — to be surprised.
I loved this book. It made me cry at the end and I still think about the characters to this day. It’s just one of those stories that sticks with you. Even though it has mixed reviews, I thought it was great. It kept me entertained until the very end. I felt like all the characters were different and you could relate to at least one of them.
The Obstacle is the Way, by Ryan Holiday
Honestly, the title tells you exactly what this book is about. It’s all about your perception and how you look at things. If you tend to constantly stand in your own way, I think it’s worth a read. My favorite nuggets of info from this book were:
You will come across obstacles in life—fair and unfair. And you will discover, time and time again, that what matters most is not what these obstacles are but how we see them, how we react to them, and whether we keep our composure. You will learn that this reaction determines how successful we will be in overcoming—or possibly thriving because of—them.
Where one person sees a crisis, another can see opportunity. Where one is blinded by success, another sees reality with ruthless objectivity. Where one loses control of emotions, another can remain calm. Desperation, despair, fear, powerlessness—these reactions are functions of our perceptions. You must realize: Nothing makes us feel this way; we choose to give in to such feelings.
We decide what we will make of each and every situation. We decide whether we’ll break or whether we’ll resist. We decide whether we’ll assent or reject. No one can force us to give up or to believe something that is untrue (such as, that a situation is absolutely hopeless or impossible to improve). Our perceptions are the thing that we’re in complete control of.
Grace: A Memoir, by Grace Coddington
It was definitely interesting to get Grace’s take on Vogue and Anna Wintour (Grace is the creative director of American Vogue). The book was different than I expected or assumed it would be. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. Her story of how she was brought up and how she ended up in the fashion industry is interesting. A few parts of the book were a little slow for me, but overall I liked learning her story and the evolution of Vogue in general (I was a journalism major in college with an emphasis in magazine, so it’s an interesting topic to me).
Have you read any of these books? Did you like or not like them? What are you reading now?
See the rest of my book lists and reviews here.
Second photo via my instagram @megbiram.