Last year I read 24 books. Which just didn’t seem like a lot, or enough for me anyway. But I can’t say that I’m doing much better this year so far. I’ve been opting to work more in the evenings when I usually read, which is just a choice I’m making for the time being. I don’t really like it, but feel as though it’s necessary right now.
However, since we are halfway through 2017 (soooo hard to believe!) it’s time for an update on what I’ve read so far this year! Once I counted up 10 books, it was actually more than I thought I’d read. I also think I’ve had especially busy times with moving and travel, so I haven’t done as much reading as I wanted to do.
I also go in cycles of listening to podcasts vs. books, and was on a huge podcast kick for a while. Now that I’m back on the book train, I think I’ll finish more books than the first half of the year. I typically choose really long books to listen to on Audible, and right now the one I’m listening to is 36 hours! Most books are between 10-13 hours, so it’s really like 3 books in one!
What I’ve Read So Far in 2017
The Regulars, by Georgia Clark — Just finished this book. I thought it was clever and entertaining enough to keep my attention but not the best novel I’ve ever read. That cover though…
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett — I really enjoyed reading this book. There are a lot of characters and complicated relationships which was a little confusing at first, but it really wraps you up in the story.
Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing, by Jennifer Weiner — Now that I’m remembering I read this book I think it probably deserves its own post. It was FASCINATING. If you like to read about writers, you’ll find this book interesting.
Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science, by Atul Gawande — Whoa. This book was really good. Very very eye-opening. If the world of doctors and medicine fascinates you (like it does me) then you will love this book.
The Art Cure: A Memoir of Abuse and Fortune, by Bridgette Mayer — I love reading stories like this — a rags to riches type of story, but ad an art world twist. This is a quick read!
Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk: And other Truths…, by Danielle Krysa — A quick, easy, motivating book if you have an inner critic!
In Monmartre: Picasso, Matisse and the Birth of Modernist Art, by Sue Roe — You really need to be into the history of these artists to enjoy this book. I’m fascinated by them, but still found the book a little cumbersome to get through.
Currently I’m reading several books (per usual):
The Nix, by Nathan Hill — Our book club book for next month!
The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life, by Alice Schroeder — I’m half way through this 36+ hour book on Audible! It’s sooooo long!
Younger: A Breakthrough Program to Reset Your Genes, Reverse Aging, and Turn Back the Clock 10 Years, by Sara Gottfried — Am I aging myself with this one?
Jackson Pollock: An American Saga, by Gregory White Smith — A really long book I’m slowing getting through.
Picasso: Creator and Destroyer, by Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington — Also listening to this on Audible! It’s a long one as well — 19+ hours!
What have you read this year? What should I add to my list?
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