Since it is resolution season, I figured I would get on top of mine. I have a few of the basics- exercise more (I did a great job at this one last year until summer, then I flailed a bit), work on forgiveness and patience (they don’t come as naturally to me), and a plethora of blog goals. Then I have a whole other type of goals – learn more on coding, finish my book, learn a new word a week and use it, meditate more, continue my Duolingo Italian lessons and review French, and this one is sad but true: read more!
I grew up with my nose in a book and love being captured in stories but with life being as crazy busy as it is, reading for fun has turned to a luxury that I can’t always fit in to my schedule. I think my favorite way to relax is either in a hot bath or snuggled in a warm blanket with a good book while sipping wine, so I’m going to make sure I treat myself and de-stress as such when necessary. I also am going to make sure I read on the bus more often (after I do my Duolingo Italian lessons of course!)
My mind is always a little blown when people don’t like to read. I mean escaping to other worlds where anything is possible? How can you not love that? Meeting people and characters that you relate to? It’s the ultimate human connection!
Hopefully to spark some interest in you nonreaders or give recommendations to you fellow bookworms, I decided to make a little list to share of books that are on my list to finish and ones that have been backburned for a while or recently recommended.
I’m currently reading this now. It’s a bit older of a book and it has already been made into a movie but I’m thoroughly enjoying it and all its glorious, dry British humor (or humour as I should write).
One of my best friends who is all kinds of innovative, insightful and intelligent, recommended this book to me. (See our book tube channel here). She is a fellow bookworm and said this is a must read! I’m for sure on it then!
This has happened many times before, I pick up a book and just don’t finish it. Then later on, whether it be months or years, I start it again and I am hooked. I kind of have this belief that I should read what interests me for whatever reason at that time in my life. Reading shouldn’t be a chore. The book kind of chooses you too. So though this book had me hooked (it won a Pulitzer afterall), it also has a lot of dark themes to it but I definitely want to get through it. Just a few chapters in and the story we deep, complicated, and heartfelt.
I love her. She’s honest, funny, and her narrative is lovably off beat and silly. She has wisdom and truth behind her humor and is a relatable, down-to-earth voice for the real girl out there. Her last book kept me in giggles so I know this one will too. (P.S. I’m so in the mood since I have been re-watching The Office as of late. #ilovejimandpam).
This has been on my list for a while. This girl embodies the strength of the human spirit and is a true hero and example. Her story deserves to be read.
I cheated. I saw the movie first. Yes that sounds pretentious but meh! It’s my rule. I did love it though and found it fascinating. I love fantasy and science fiction, especially science fiction like this that carries actual realistic weight throughout the story. So, since I liked the film so much, I have to read the book. The movie surprisingly had a lot of humor weaved throughout and I have heard the narrative of the book is the same so I am excited to start!
I know, I know, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ but when I see that something is a New York Times Bestseller, I’m intrigued. Gotta check this one out!
My fourth grade teacher Mrs. Reynolds was one of the influences in my life on my love of reading. She encouraged me to keep up with my creative writing and always gave the upmost positive commentary on my talk show book reports. We would have to be interviewed while in costume and in front of the class and our parents as though we were characters in a nonfiction book. I did Amelia Earhart which definitely made me curious about her story but also get bitten by the acting bug preeeetttyy hard- queue years of theater and auditioning in LA. What’s more, Mrs. Reynolds loved all books and read adult, young adult and children’s books and I always thought when I was little that I would do that too. This coming of age, teenaged novel is just that and I have heard rave reviews on the off beat love story so I’m definitely looking forward to diving in.
I love period pieces. I love them so much. The little anglophile in me goes wild for them. This one I have started time and time again but have never completely finished. I need to make that happen this year!