With less time spent on social media lately, I’ve missed sharing the books I’m enjoying this year. My hope is to share the books I’ve read at the end of each month here for a bit more of a comprehensive approach.
Here’s a quick recap of books I’ve read so far in 2018 (see more details about each book on Instagram):
- The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
- Of Mess & Moxie by Jen Hatmaker (re-read, audiobook)
- Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist (re-read, audiobook)
- If You Only Knew by Jamie Ivey (audiobook)
- Finish by Jon Acuff (audiobook)
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
- I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott
- Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen (audiobook)
- Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (audiobook)
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (audiobook)
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (audiobook)
- Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey
- Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin (audiobook)
In April, I read a hodgepodge of books, ranging from funny to serious to inspiring. The variety helped keep things interesting to say the least!
First, I listened to Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, which is a modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice. It was a light, entertaining read, and it was an adventure wondering how Sittenfeld would portray both the details and broad strokes of the original text as I went along. This book has been on my to-read list for a while, and was actually one of the main reasons Pride & Prejudice was on 2018’s list — I wanted to be reminded of the classic before approaching the retelling. To all my die-hard Austen fan friends, I do recommend the book, but advise an open mind. There are key differences you’ll have to look past in order to enjoy the book.
Next up, I listened to Annie Downs’ Looking for Lovely. She shares her personal journey of learning what it means to find beautiful things in the midst of a hard season. It was a quick audiobook — I finished it in two and a half days during my commute — but a great reminder of how small moments are important reminders of God’s love and faithfulness.
I also finished Emily Freeman’s A Million Little Ways, which my friend Kelly gifted me last summer. I had read the first chapter right after receiving it, but it ended up on a shelf when I got busy. I picked it back up and it held powerful reminders of how God created me to be creative. She discusses our job as God’s image bearers, and it is amazing. Through this book, I learned to appreciate ways that I am creative that I would never have deemed “creative” before. It was a joy to read.
From there, I listened to Laura Vanderkam’s What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast (a one hour audiobook at normal speed) and I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time. I learned so much about time management and key habits that can make a difference in my overall happiness. This was around the time that I chose to remove social media from my phone (such a time suck!) and I spent a week tracking my time with Toggl to see where my time went. I reworked my morning routine to allow for more “me” time and it impacted my mood extensively. Those are just a few key takeaways — regardless, I highly recommend these texts.
Finally, to close out the month, I listened to David Sedaris’ Me Talk Pretty One Day. I’ve heard about Sedaris’ extraordinary humor for years, so I knew this would be an entertaining book for my commute. I wasn’t wrong. Having Sedaris read his book was like spending two weeks of my commute with a stand-up comedian. It was extraordinary, despite several odd anecdotes that threw me for a loop. I’m excited to have Sedaris in my back pocked for when I’m in a reading funk and in need of something different.
We’re in the first week of May and I’ve already tackled two more books on my list… I can’t wait to keep sharing my 2018 reading.
Is there a book you’ve read so far this year that you’ve loved? I’d love to add it to my list!