Last year I failed to complete my Goodreads challenge. In 2015, my goal was 48 books, or 4 per month. I bumped it up to 52 books for 2016, thinking I could manage a book per week. Perhaps this would have worked out, but I returned to college and some of the books I read were lengthy textbooks, which took time away from that last 4 books I needed.
I’ve set my goal back at 48 books for 2017. There will still be lengthy textbooks, but maybe I’ve better learned how to juggle the necessary reading with the fun reading.
[Not pictured: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore and Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class On the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up.]
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – I read my first book of 2016 in one day, during my last stay in the inpatient psych unit. I was admitted late on January 2nd, and January 3rd was a Sunday so there were no groups to attend that day. I pulled this, the only decent-sounding book, off the bookshelf and curled up in bed and read all day. I’d recommend it for anyone who was able to look past historical inaccuracies and enjoy The DaVinci Code for the fun story it is. It also evoked images of the TV show Warehouse 13. I wouldn’t say it is directly comparable to either of these things, but I feel those are reasons I enjoyed it.
- The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT by Russ Harris – Sadie printed an article by Russ Harris out for me, which was a brief introduction to the content of this book. I use some of his techniques frequently. If you have trouble with getting stuck on negative thoughts, read this for ideas on how to accept them as just thoughts and let them go.
- The Sherlockian by Graham Moore – If you enjoyed any of the Sherlock Holmes books, you must read this. It weaves a continuation of Sherlock’s story with a modern story about a Sherlock fan trying to solve a crime.
- The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle – You will probably cry more than once during this book about immigrants from Mexico and residents of gated communities who want to keep the Mexicans away, but it’s wonderfully written with rich details and interconnected storylines.
- Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class On the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – This is definitely a love-or-hate book. Obviously I loved it. I haven’t exactly finished the tidying up, but I did get through all my clothes and donated a bunch of stuff that didn’t “spark joy”. I also learned better ways to fold clothes that are stored in drawers. If you are the type of person to care about decluttering, I’m sure you’ll find at least a couple of helpful ideas.