My reading habits for 2019 have definitely been of the slow and steady variety but I seem to be falling into a steady rhythm finally and getting back to my bookish self. The two big things which have helped are :
1) Just reading what I love and not worrying about finishing a book that isn’t doing it for me.
2) Not playing with my phone in bed at night. Night time is for reading and not Facebook, email or dumb cell phone games. I even turned on a feature on my phone that sets the display to grayscale at 9:30pm to remind me to put the phone down. This has also resulted in me reading more of my actual physical books which is a bonus because I’ve been trying to read more of the books I already own.
Right now I’m nearly finished reading Mother Daughter Book Camp by Heather Vogel Frederick, the latest and probably last book in the Mother Daughter Book Club series. It’s the summer before the girls go off to college and I cannot even deal with that sentence because seriously weren’t they in middle school like a minute ago?
I’m also reading The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson on my kindle, though admittedly not as diligently. It’s a look at the history of the English language and it’s fascinating and filled with Bryson-humor and wit but it’s still non-fiction which means you probably won’t see a finished date for awhile.
Here are the books I’ve finished so far this year:
- Jeneration X by Jen Lancaster | Finished 1/14 | One of her better collections of essays IMO. Lots of funny stories. Her books always feel like chatting with your BFF. This one is about adulting or sometimes a lack of adulting and lessons learned from trying to adult better.
- Don’t You Forget About Me by Liz Tipping |Finished 1/31| Slightly getting by on the British locale and the love interest. I rooted for the main character but was continuously frustrated with her. John Hughes fans will enjoy the many, many references to his movies.
- Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins |Finished 2/11|I loved Anna and the French Kiss and the writing style in this one also make the story compulsively readable but the main character’s choices throughout the book drove me batty. I had to kind of check my opinions at the door with this one.
- The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill | Finished 2/16 |A short sweet graphic novel about a young girl who learns to care for tea dragons. A quick one-sitting read. I’ll be passing this one onto my nine year old next.
What have you been reading lately?