Consider this a “state of the union” of sorts. At the beginning of the year, I resolved to read at least 50 books. My definition of what a “book” is is loose. I was previously writing little reports on what I liked or disliked about the book and key quotes. That hasn’t happened in a long time! I have not stopped reading, but I certainly have stopped writing about what I’ve been reading. So here is the comprehensive list (so far) with comments:
- Finding Ultra by Rich Roll: This is a delightful read if you’re into ultra racing or a vegan lifestyle.
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates: So so good and insightful and moving. Loved it.
- What do we know? by Mary Oliver: Lovely poems with a soft touch that only Mary can give.
- A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson: Funny and informative. A must-read if you have hiked any part of the Appalachian Trail.
- Three Stories by Gustave Flaubert: Short and sweet with some intricate characters.
- Namaslay by Candace Moore: To be honest, I’m a little embarrassed about how much I enjoyed this book. It explains basic yoga asanas with a memoir-esque narrative sprinkled in.
- Poetry Magazine “March Issue”: This issue was full of lyric poems and a selections from Max Ritvo-a poet who died before the issue was published.
- What I talk about when I talk about running by Haruki Murakami: This book was a slow, meditative journey through Murakami’s experience with running.
- One More Thing by BJ Novak: Such a good book to bring to work! It contains funny and engaging short stories ranging from 1-12 pages long.
- Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron: This book is truly transformative. I loved it and plan to revisit often.
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert: A collections of essays and thoughts on writing and living a creative life. Totally motivating and encouraging and I now want to be friends with Ms. Gilbert.
- The Feather Room by Anis Mojgani: It’s no secret-I love this poet. This is a magical collection that will take you through mystical scenes and real feelings. Sigh.
- Maron by Marc Maron: Though funny, this book definitely made me feel uncomfortable at points. I’m still iffy on about liking this curmudgeon.
- Botanical Color at Your Fingertips by Rebecca Desnos: A beautiful how-to on natural dyeing and harvesting materials.
- – 20. The first six books of The Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket: David and I have been reading these aloud to each other on trips and such. This is my favorite children’s book series (sorry Harry Potter people) and I forgot how fun and suspenseful it is!
So there it is! I have 23 weeks to read 30 books. I am back on track and beyond excited. Now let’s get reading.