In June I read 5 books for a total of 36 so far this year. At the beginning of the month I was starting a bunch of books but not really into any so not finishing them. Over the last couple weeks, I seem to have found my reading groove again.
I read Normal People which seems to be on every ‘best books of 2019’ list. It was ok. I’ve read both her books now and devoured them both but I’m not sure I really “liked” them. I like that the characters are so flawed and I like the way the scenes unfold between past and present but I’m not sure there’s enough of a story to really “like” them. I definitely like this cover though and will probably still read her next book. :)
I picked this little book, Ghost Wall, for the cover and the description. It sounded like a family out in the woods doing like a re-enactment of earlier times. I was thinking Little House on the Prairie-esque but this took a dark turn early. The title should have been a clue!
I was surprised to like Digital Minimalism as much as I did. He made some interesting points beyond what I expected. It’s shorter and more practical than his previous book, Deep Work. I was already planning to take some time off in July and now I think I’ll work in some of his ideas during that time too.
Meh. I saw a couple people on Instagram recommend The Nest and so I picked it up from the library. It was an easy book to read but I finished thinking ‘why did I finish? and ‘what was the point?!’
I really don’t know much about Carrie Brownstein or Sleater-Kinney even though we are pretty close in age but I enjoyed this book no less. I liked a lot of lines about creating, especially:
“There are times a work exists for the sake of getting you to the next step, as a testing ground for ideas, for recognizing parts of your process that were theretofore unnoticed or undiscovered.”
I’ve read 36 books at the halfway point of this year so I’m feeling pretty confident I’ll meet my minimum goal of 50 books (and if so, this will be my 6th straight year of doing so.) It’s possible I’ll read the most I’ve ever read in a year! Currently (since I’ve started keeping track) my high is 72 books in 2018.