Hey guys! WIth the end of the month approaching (and birthday month coming--whoop, whoop!), I thought today would be a fun time to go over the books I've read so far this year. I made it a goal to read at least two books a month; one being for pleasure, and one being for development (whether it be a nutrition, self-help or personal). I've fallen short in a few ways, but overall, you've created a reading monster over here. I think why I initially wanted to start this goal was because I was tired of spending too much time on my laptop/phone. There's only so much you can do/take before you start feeling like you're going cross-eyed and turning into a computer yourself. Thus, I started on the quest to detach from technology (it's not like I was really being effective on the computer all the time anyways), and go old school with a book in hand.
Now into the books and how the goal is looking!
I started off the year by reading, Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition. This was probably the best book I could have picked to start off the year. It really resonated with me and gave me a fresh perspective on the whole scientific side of the nutrition field…especially since I'm fresh out of university (~6 months), which focuses on that perspective and draws from it heavily! I liked being given an alternate view, and additional information to consider the next time I read about studies being done.
Next up, I finally stepped into the world of Liane Moriarty. I admit that I'm glad I discovered her (finally) because she makes reading books for pleasure really enjoyable. I started first with Big Little Lies which I found hard to stop reading because I just wanted to make it to the end to find out how the whole story went down (Spoiler Alert: I have found all of Liane's books to do that to me). I really enjoyed the story line and the twists.
Next, I worked my way backwards with her books and read The Husband's Secret (which was written before the one above), and liked it more. I found some parts of the story lines very similar between the two books (moms with the focus on their children in school), but this book was definitely written different. It followed three main characters and somehow their lives intertwined. Obviously the main aspect of the book is the husband's secret (duh!), but I was really interested in knowing how the connections between the characters filled in…along with the secret. A good read with a good shocking secret!
January Goal: Accomplished (at least one for pleasure and one for development)!
Into February, I kind of got a little lost on the developmental books. I fell into Fifty Shades of Grey by accident. With the movie being released this month, it sparked my interest to just read the books to get them over with and be in the known. I could have really done without the BDSM side of the book, but the hopeless romantic in me got hooked into the romantic, can't-live-without-you storyline of it. I think the author is a brilliant writer, which lead me to continue on and read Fifty Shades Darker and then Fifty Shades Freed. Honestly (and spoiler alert), the BDSM dies down by the second and third book, which was a relief (the sex scenes all jumbled together and don't compare to the other happenings), and the plot lines get really good. And for me, it all comes back to how well of a writer she is. I was quite pleased with the trilogy and was kind of sad once I was through it--in a 'they're really all done?' sense. So much, I quickly read the first book again. I'm not even sure why I did, but I think I just wasn't ready to let it go yet. I'm actually considering reading the second book again because it was my favourite of the three.
February Goal: Sure…I read three books this month (four if you count the first Fifty Shade book twice), but not one included development.
This month got away on me a bit and I didn't do much reading. The only book I managed to squeeze in was We Were Liars, which is actually kind of ironic that I only read it and none others because I read it in one day flat when I went back home to Canada. There were definitely plenty of other days to get some reading done (as in almost a full month's worth), but I never fully committed to any other books besides this one. I actually had started Linchpin, but didn't get into it enough to make it through the whole thing. When I was back at home in Canada and my sister and I took Nia to the library, I saw We Were Liars was on the "new" shelf of books, and it had been on my reading list for a while, so I grabbed it. It's a teen fiction, and thus an easy read which is why I finished it in a day. It still was really good though, but kind of disappointed how it ended - I wanted it to end a different way.
March Goal: Only focused on one book this month, which was for pleasure, and no development book I could commit to fully to read the whole thing.
Which brings me to April aka our current, yet almost finished month! This month, I wanted to get back on track with the developmental side and had requested The Talent Code from the library, which showed up at my door new into the month (seriously love the home delivery service the library has!), and just when I needed it! This book was nothing short of amazing. So much that the husband is reading it now as well, and I wouldn't argue with reading it a second time through. There is so much good information in there on what talent is and how you develop it. And if you're sports-minded (like my husband and why he actually wants to read the book), then you'll love the book. Plenty of references and examples of how talent is formed using sports as examples.
Next, I had to go back to my old friend, Liane. I had requested yet another book from the library and close to finishing the above book, it decided to also show up at my door. I decided on What Alice Forgot as my next Moriarty book, and I'm so glad I did. It's about a lady who forgets the past ten years of her life. She thinks she's newly pregnant, happily married, and just moving into her new house, when in reality, she has three kids, miserable, and on the brink of divorce. It's a neat concept, and I loved reading, just waiting for her memory to come back and what it would change.
And finally, my newest read, The One & Only. For this book, I liked it…until I didn't. I can't really say much without overly giving it away, but it's kind of a weird love story. Other than that, it's about a 30-something girl who never escaped her hometown of Walker, Texas, who lives and breathes football. She works in the sports field, but is definitely not loving where she's at. So changes are made, and it definitely adds some spice to her life. I can't say that this book was a favorite read for me, but I still read it nonetheless. Maybe I'll try another book of hers!
March Goal: Accomplished! I was happy with my personal book, and glad that I enjoyed one of my books for pleasure.
And there you have it--a look at what I've read so far this year. I already have a personal and a pleasure book picked out for May, and I'm excited for both.
Question #1: Have you read any of the above books? Or heard anything about them?
Question #2: Any future book recommendations you have? I'm all ears :)