Back when I started this blog eight years ago I used to be an avid reader; once completing a goal of 24 books in one year.
I miss the days when technology was a luxury and not a constant distraction. Yes, reading articles online can still expand your mind and vocabulary, but we are faced with extreme content clutter. The internet is entrenched with nonsense, as it seems quantity has out-valued quality. Yes, I do see the irony in me adding to the clutter with this article.
My point is, we lost the art of living for the moment rather than the documentation. Not going to lie, when I finally got back into reading, I posted a story about it on Instagram and kept putting down my book to see how many people viewed it. I am part of the problem!!
I am relieved that my passion for reading is slowly coming back and my ability to shut off distractions while I read is getting better. What once felt like a chore earlier this year has now turned into an achievement of reading 15 books in one year (so far).
If you are in the same boat, start by reading just one chapter before bed. I promise it’ll lull you into a better sleep than the blue light on your phone anyways.
Here are some of the books that I’ve read this year:
The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
Nothing better to kickstart a reading slump than a page-turning thriller. It follows the lives of two women who live in the same house. The first girl died in the house and the second girl finds herself following in a similar path. For fans of The Girl on The Train and Into The Water (both by Paul Hawkins) I recommend this one.
When Breath Become Air by Paul Kalanithi
Get ready to sob. This is a beautiful memoir written by neurosurgeon turned cancer patient, Paul Kalanithi. It was fascinating reading about his theories on life and death. I ended up with dramatic mascara tears on a day when I wasn’t wearing makeup. Don’t know if that says more about the book or about my lack of face cleaning skills.
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
I cannot rave about this book more. So dark, twisted, and consuming. I luckily finished this book just before the HBO series started airing, so no spoilers! It follows a journalist as she heads back to her small hometown to report on a murder and a subsequent missing girl. I did attempt to watch the series but didn’t find it as captivating.
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
This constant NY Times Bestseller took me a while to get into, as it does not follow a typical plot structure. There was no rising action reaching a climax. Once I realised that the novel is actually a true story, written by the main character herself, I was suddenly hooked. This was no longer a whimsical tale of a family living a dysfunctionally free-spirited life, these are the recounts of what Jeannette experienced growing up. Doesn’t take a brainiac to discover it’s a true story, I just happen to dive into books without reading the summary!
Honourable Audiobook Mention: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson
For those who need a kick in the pants inspirational book, minus the cheese, this is the book for you. I listened to it on Audible during my walks to work. It was an entertaining and encouraging way to start my day.
Recent purchases I’m looking forward to reading…
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
Let The Great World Spin by Colum McCann
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
The rest of the books I’ve read this year (and the upcoming ones) are all tracked on my Goodreads account, for those interested!
If you use Goodreads add me here. I’m always looking for new recommendations!