One of my biggest goals this year was to pick up a "reading habit." I have always loved to read, but as crazy as this sounds... I just forget about it. I know, I know. But it's just so easy to get sucked into TV watching at the end of a long day, or to spend a cozy weekend afternoon watching a movie on the couch. Or the less than healthy habit... binge watching entire seasons of shows on Netflix (House of Cards, Dexter, Breaking Bad to name a few that have consumed countless weekend hours from my life!). I feel like I have finally gotten into a grove with reading though, thanks to two things; Oyster and Audible. I started subscribing to Oyster about 6 months ago and have truly enjoyed it. The selection is awesome, and while it doesn't have everything I want to read, it has a lot of it. I've also really been enjoying Audible, an audio book subscription service. I've found that after working from home all day, I'm anxious to get out of the house and take a walk in the afternoons most days and the books I've purchased on Audible have been a great companion. And although I'm sure it could be up for debate, I do count audio books as books read.Here's a look at what I've been reading lately. I'm also putting a score on a scale of 1 to 5 of how much I enjoyed/would recommend each book in hopes it might help! I've also linked to the Good Reads or Audible description so that you can see the synopsis if you are so inclined.
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd via Audible (5/5) // I absolutely loved this book. The characters, the story; everything about it was really wonderful. I listened to this on Audible and while that was a fantastic experience, this is one of those books that I know I would have loved to read via hard copy. No iPad, no Kindle... just the pages in my hands. Like somehow it would have made me closer to the characters. I know, weird. But seriously - this is a really great book.
Little Bee by Chris Cleave (3.75/5) // I liked this book, but I didn't love it. The characters were interesting and the story was good.. but something just felt like it was missing. I feel like the story sort of skimmed the surface of these characters' experiences and it left me wanting to know more.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova (5/5) // Another book I loved, and one that is soon to be a movie. I love reading the book before the movie! This peak into the life of a woman diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's was just so interesting. I have absolutely no experience of what it would be like to be in this family's shoes, but at the same time I felt like it was realistically written and encompassed so much of how a family dealing with this might feel. Definitely a memorable read, and I would highly recommend it!
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Steadman (3.5/5) // Apparently this one is going to be made into a movie soon as well! This was a really great story, but one I wanted more from. Not so much that I wanted it to continue after it was over, more so that as the plot was unfolding, I wanted the author to dive deeper. It could have been more...dramatic maybe?
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters (3.25/5) // Another good story, but not great. It was enjoyable, but I felt like there was something missing here too. I don't really have too much to say about this one. Maybe because I've enjoyed some of the other books I have read recently so much more?
The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls (5/5) // Another soon to be movie... and I am officially noticing a trend. I got instantly sucked into this memoir by Jeanette Walls. A true story of unconditional love and truly overcoming some serious hardships in her childhood. Despite the difficulties in her life, her tone throughout the book is loving and without judgement. This is the kind of story that shifts your perspective, and makes you realize the many blessings you have in life.
Currently Listening // All the Light We Cannot See
Currently Reading // The Girl on the Train
What are you reading? I'd love to know what your favorites are. I'm lookin' for page turners!