Reading has always been a favourite activity of mine. I shared this passion with my mom and we actually opened a second-hand bookstore together when I was only fifteen. I’m so proud that it is still in business today after our friends bought it when we had to move on.
As I’ve gotten older, I struggle to find the time to read. The worst part is that most of the time it’s just an excuse or plain laziness. I’d rather zone out my overly stimulated brain with a tv show or a silly, addictive phone app.
SO – enough is enough. This year I made a resolution (I know it’s a little late to call it a “new years resolution”), that I would read 33 books this year. A great step up from the measly 4 I read in 2017.
Each month I’ll review the three books in a blog post. Hopefully, it inspires some of you to start reading more with me.
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The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
The Nest focuses on family dynamics and how money problems can affect relationships. I love how the author connects you to her characters. She did it so well that I became incredibly stressed. For this reason, when I started this book, I almost stopped reading it quite a few times. Because it was so well-written I continued and I am very glad I did. The well-crafted ending was what made this book fantastic! It is now sitting pretty on my ‘all-time favourite’ book list.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
This controversial book is a breath of fresh air in the self-help department. While I was taken aback by the in-your-face crudeness (the first chapter especially was just a multitude of f-words… no surprise by the title) but if you keep on reading, you discover things about yourself that you might have kept hidden – even from yourself. Mark Manson makes you take a hard, realistic look at what goes on behind your actions/reactions without the rose-tinted glasses. Instead of making you feel bad, I find that he celebrates humanity in its true form and helps you decide what you really want to spend your life caring about. A must-read, without a doubt.
Two By Two by Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks – he is most definitely my guilty-pleasure author. A chick-flick equivalent in written-form. I started off with this book to gently ease into my challenge. However, I was pretty impressed by this story. Although it still had the romance factor, he did an amazing job emphasizing the love of a parent for a child, as well as the love that binds a family … even ones that consist of drastically different personalities. It really was beautifully done, and to my surprise, I got all teary-eyed and sniffly toward the end. I’ll admit that with no shame because this book is worthy of the emotion.
I really enjoyed my book selection as a start to this 2018 reading challenge. If you’ve read any of these books, or have book suggestions for me, please leave a comment below.