I was planning on reading a lot more this year, but somehow I’ve only managed to read 15 books so far. Last year I read 27 books, so I’m on par to hit that, but I always strive to read more. Since we moved in February, I don’t have a pool at my building anymore and I think that cuts down on my reading time as I used to go to the pool and read frequently in the summer. I did recently find out that DC has a ton of public pools, and there is one right by my place, so now I’ve been going there as much as I can (which isn’t enough), it’s just not as convenient as going downstairs!
May 4, 2016, by Meg Biram
I haven’t been going through books as quickly as usual this year. I blame it on Serial (which by the way they haven’t released an episode lately and it’s k i l l i n g me), Netflix, working, and working out.
Currently I’m reading Life with Picasso to try to get ready for my trip to Spain since there are several Picasso museums in Spain. I should have also read up on Gaudi and Goya as well, but will still enjoy all the art and architecture regardless because I don’t think I’ll have time to read about all of them in depth in the next two weeks.
But of the books I’ve read so far this year, I liked most of them. One though, not so much. I’m curious to hear what you thought of it.
5 BOOKS I’VE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR — that I’ve liked:
The Lake House, by Kate Morton
This book was good. I had no idea where it was going, and it ended in a way I totally didn’t see coming, which I like. I thought it was a great story and unlike any other I’ve read. Which I think is hard to do as a writer.
After You, by Jojo Moyes
I already wrote about how much I loved Me Before You. After You was a great book, but it was really hard to beat Me Before You. However, I loved to see where Moyes took the characters after the initial story. I always want to know more.
When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
LOVED this book. Loved the foreword and the epilogue written by Paul’s wife Lucy. Definitely tugs on your heart strings. I love learning about how doctors think about death. Maybe it was this article that made me so fascinated by what doctors think of death, but I do find it very interesting. This story was beautiful and Lucy’s words at the end made it even better. A must read.
The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
I really liked this book. I wouldn’t say that I loved it thought. I felt like it lacked a climax and some sparkle of interest. It was a fine story, but if I have to critique it a little I’d say that it’s just slightly on the boring side. However, I did like it, and do recommend reading it.
Room, by Emma Donoghue
I must say that I liked the story of Room, and would like to see the movie — which I heard was great — but I do NOT recommend listening to this book as an audio book. Definitely read it. I didn’t realize that the child would be talking half of the time, and honestly, listening to the kid’s voice (or someone playing the kid) for 11 hours drove me up the wall. Maybe it’s just because I’m not a mom, I don’t know, but the second I heard that voice I was like, ugh. It was too drawn out and over acted and bothered me the entire book. Great story though.
1 BOOK I’VE READ SO FAR THIS YEAR — that I didn’t like:
Fates and Furies, by Lauren Groff
The cover of this book is so gorgeous I couldn’t resist it. I buy a lot of digital books and listen to some on Audible, but I literally could not resist the beauty of this book cover. Unfortunately, I just didn’t love the book itself. The first half seemed so slow and a little strange in the way it was written. The second half did get better, but not enough to save the first half. Honestly, I just wasn’t a fan of the writing at all. But a lot of people thought differently so I think you should read it and form your own opinion. If you have read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
What books have you read so far this year?
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March 24, 2016, by Meg Biram
I am one of those people who likes to read a book before the movie come out. And usually the movies don’t come out for a year or so after I read the book, so I forget the plot and details and then the story seems fresh again. But usually the books are always better than the movies. No matter how good the movie is, you can just pack so much more detail into a book.
The movie Me Before You comes out in June (I literally have it marked on my calendar) and you absolutely must read the book. It was one of those books I couldn’t put down and I was sobbing in bed (hoping I wouldn’t wake my husband up) as I finished the book. I had to get out of bed three times to get tissues.
I also read the sequel, After You, and while it was really good, it wasn’t as good as Me Before You. But I always love to know where the author wants to take a character after a story. So while sequels are typically never as good as the first book, I’m always curious to know and this was actually a good sequel.
Watch the Me Before You movie trailer here.
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January 6, 2016, by Meg Biram
I didn’t hit my goal of reading six books a month in 2015. Far from it. But that’s OK, it’s not one of those goals that I care much about the numbers. I just care that I’m reading, and that I try to read more than I have in the past. It’s not something I stress myself out over. If you are wanting to read more, here are six ways to read more books this year.
Even though I didn’t hit six per month, here are 27 books that I did read this year:
1 // The Secret History, by Donna Tartt
2 // Three Daughters, by Consuelo Saah Baehr
3 // Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert
4 // The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
5 // Lovers on All Saints’ Day, by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
6 // The Star Side of Bird Hill, by Naomi Jackson
8 // Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
11 // What I Learned Losing A Million Dollars, by Jim Paul and Brendan Moynihan
13 // Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
15 // On Writing, by Stephen King
21 // Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It, by Gary Taubes
22 // Better Than Before, by Gretchen Rubin
23 // The One Thing, by Gary Keller
24 // Play It As It Lays, by Joan Didion
25 // The Art of Social Media, by Guy Kawaskai & Peg Fitzpatrick
Books I’m in the process of reading:
I know it’s weird to be in the middle of four books at the same time but I am.
Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
I rented this book from the library, and didn’t finish it before the digital version expired. I just bought a used copy of the book on Amazon so I could finish it.
One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
This book I’ve just had a really hard time getting through. Maybe it gets better? I mean it won tons of awards, but honestly, I don’t love it so far.
Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I’m listening to this on Audible!
My Life on the Road, by Gloria Steinem
On my nightstand right now, probably just a few more nights and I’ll be done with it.
I want to know:
+ Did you keep track of the books you’ve read? I do in GoodReads!
+ What was your favorite book this year? It was way too hard for me to pick. Honestly, so many of the books I mentioned in this post were amazing.
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