Are you guys one-book-at-a-time readers? Right now I've got multiple books going and sometimes I think that's a good thing (nice to have choices based on mood, time available, etc) and other times it feels like I just lack commitment.
Either way, one of the things I wanted to make happen for myself this year was to read more books and I'm definitely making it happen.
I'm a big non-fiction reader - it's just what I'm most interested in reading right now. I like reading about the way people think and work and I like reading memoirs and stories of real people. That said, it's hard to beat a great fiction story.
Here's a look at what I've got going on right now:
- The Paris Wife by Paula McLain | The first fiction book I've read in quite a long time and man was I consumed. I studied American Literature in college (my degree is in American Studies - literature, history, and political science) so I'm definitely familiar with Ernest. I read this one when Aaron and I went to Hawaii and I had to tell him more than once that he was going to need to let me know if he wanted some conversation because otherwise I was going to be immersed in this story. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
- Notes From A Blue Bike: The Art Of Living Intentionally In A Chaotic World by Tsh Oxenreider | I've been a longtime fan and daily reader of Tsh's blog (formerly SimpleMom.net and now TheArtOfSimple.net). There's always a dose of something good on there. As I wrote above, I like reading true stories and learning about the how's and why's of their lives (choices, values, lifestyles, how they overcomes challenges, etc). I'm interested in simplicity and living with less and family time and all these topics were covered in Tsh's book.
- Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has The Time by Brigid Schulte | I think this is likely a topic many of us can relate to at some level. Sociology and human behavior have always been interesting to me so I'm excited to dive into this one and see what she has to say.
ON MY NIGHTSTAND
These are ones I've started or pick up here and there and haven't made it all the way through just yet or are the one's I want to start soon.
- Bittersweet: Thoughts On Change, Grace and Learning The Hard Way by Shauna Niequist | She had me at, "Bittersweet is the idea that in all things there is both something broken and something beautiful, that there is a moment of lightness on even the darkest of nights, a shadow of hope in every heartbreak, and that rejoicing is no less rich even when it contains a splinter of sadness."
- Packing Light: Thoughts On Living Life With Less Baggage by Allison Vesterfelt | I'm about halfway through this one and am enjoying reading about Allison's journey and adventure.
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business by Charles Duhigg | Haven't started this one yet but am interested in the topic.
- Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Everyday by Todd Henry | I've read a bit of this one and am a fan of Todd Henry's blog and his site Accidental Creative.
I'm also back on Goodreads if you want to follow along and see what I'm reading, what I've read, and what's on my to-read list.