September swung between freezing in the morning to sweltering in the afternoon. It didn’t’ really matter how you dressed but you would have dressed incorrectly. With that being said, I was able to take full advantage of those sweltering afternoons and spent a significant amount of time reading in the park.
The books I read in September were:
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
- The Other Americans by Lalia Lalami
- Roar by Cecelia Ahern
I’m lucky that I was able to get ahead over the summer because otherwise I’d be in some big trouble trying to hit my 50 books goal. As I write this, I’m at 39 books for the year.
Is anyone really behind or really ahead on their reading goals for 2019? Does anyone have any tricks for staying on top of it?
I have no idea what I even did with April. I finally had some more time for myself. I picked up two books that I started in January and put down after about 20 pages. April felt like the right time to puck them up again.
April brought a lot of big changes to my life. It seems fitting that I finally finished two self improvement or self help books this month.
I finally finished the Year of Yes. Shonda Rhimes is my new hero. It also has caused me to dive head first into catching up on Grey’s Anatomy. For those who care- I will also be catching up on Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder. I have a whole new found respect for Shonda Rhimes. I need to see all of her bodies of work.
I also finished Jen Sincero’s You are a Bad Ass. Everyone had those moments where they doubt how awesome they are. Her concise chapters drive home her points in a fun and relatable way. Anyone can benefit from reading her book and I recommend that everyone does.
Who has read either of these books? What self help or self improvement book would you recommend?
January found me with stacks of half finished books. This usually isn’t my MO however, I have had outside forces influencing me. I’ve hired someone to help me clean my house and she picks up my books and stows them away. She is a lifesaver in getting me and keeping me organized. She has made finishing books difficult.
In addition to the large pile of half finished books, I am trying to work my way through all the books I purchased in the past year. Most notably all of my Odyssey Bookshop First Edition selections. I also had some time off from work and visited friends. Each friend I saw gave me at least one book to read. Sharing books you love with people you care about really is the best.
Little by Edward Carey is a delightful historical fiction novel about the origin of Madam Tussaud. Madam Tussaud left conflicting information about herself. Carey creates a lovely tale about how he imagined her life was. Note: This was an Odyssey Bookshop First Edition Selection
Girl Wash Your Face– Everyone loves it. I did not. She did have some interesting takes but some of them were wildly off. I find the origin story of her and her husband to be the most disturbing. Look for my blog post later this month about it.
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – This is my book club’s February selection and it was GOOD. Moriarty pokes fun at the wellness industry showing how crazy it can be but you can also see yourself in any one of the characters. Or at least I can.
It was a wild January and I’m looking forward to a more relaxing February. What did you read in January?
I spent the spring wishing for summer to arrive and now I have no idea where it went. July was a complete whirlwind.
July was the month from travel. I spent a week on the beach, a couple of days in D.C. and then a week in Germany for a wedding. Lots of travel means lots of time for reading all of the books. This month’s books were an eclectic group. Two of the books had been sitting on the my shelf for a few months. Two were books I picked up on vacation at Elements. One was an impulse buy in response to a celebrity death. All of them receive the Literary Lady with Libations stamp of “You Should Read This.”
The books I completed in July:
Life after Life by Kate Atkinson
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Red Clocks – Lena Zumas
White Houses by Amy Bloom
I’m assuming I’ll have a bigger list for August. I’m currently vacillating between four books. Four very different books. I’m teetering on finishing all of them.
What did everyone else read in July? What was your favorite read?