I can’t remember the last time I posted the books I finished, which means it’s been far too long. I’ve cut my nightly reading time in half because I am very much enjoying rewatching The Office; I look forward to watching a bit every night so I’m okay knowing that I’m not reading as much as I could. (Side note: The Office legitimately gets better and better every time I rewatch it.)
An American Marriage | This was an audiobook that I listened to and, wow, it was emotional. That’s really the best way to describe how I felt. It’s about a young married couple who is faced with a life-changing situation: the husband is wrongly incarcerated. You just really feel for every character– there’s a depth and “realness” to everything and everyone. There’s no “good guy” or “villain” and that’s what really makes the book so incredible– you understand everyone’s motives even if they don’t feel fully “right.”
In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It | I love Lauren Graham! The publisher of the book sent me a copy to read. It is technically a book, but it’s more like a really short essay in a book form. Would make a great graduation gift as the message is all about just being yourself and being okay with the journey that is life. It’s very uplifting and has a healthy dose of humor that you’d expect from Lauren Graham.
A Gentleman in Moscow | I unsuccessfully attempted to read this book last year and then picked it up again a few months ago. It took me FOREVER to get into and I hated the book for the first 200 pages. That is a lot of pages to not be interested. I love Amor Towles Rules of Civility so I had high expectations for this one; I was disappointed to not like it from the get-go. I posted it on my Instagram story asking if I should keep going or to stop. A lot of people told me that they gave up the book midway but there were also a handful of people who encouraged me to keep going because it gets better. I’m so glad I didn’t give it up because I did end up really enjoying it. The main character is under house arrest that he is serving in a prominent hotel in Moscow. The plot does pick up eventually, but I found the Russian backdrop (especially in our current political climate) to be incredibly fascinating.
Faithful | I loved this book. It’s been on my shelf forever and I finally picked it up one day. So glad I did! It’s basically about a girl who experiences a traumatic event in high school and the subsequent life choices she makes. I was rooting for her the whole time! The character development might be some of my favorites in novels. I have read Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic, but loved this one even more.
The Confidence Code | I listened to this as an audiobook and I kept thinking that I wish I had read it sooner in my adulthood. I wanted to tell everyone that I knew, including men, to read this book. It dives into the science behind confidence and what it exactly is and how you can gain more of it. I’d say it’s specifically targeted to women, but honestly, it’d be valuable to anyone to read. Should be required reading in high school!
Educated | Okay, if you read anything off this list, you should read Educated. Wow…. ugh. This is the memoir of Tara Westover who did not receive a formal education until college. It’s touted as a mix between The Glass Castle and Hillbilly Elegy, two books I would highly recommend. It has the same elements of child abuse as The Glass Castle and the cultural implications of Hillbilly Elegy. I was seriously rooting for Tara in a big way throughout every page. I think I felt every form of emotion by the time I finished the book. It can be tough to read at times, but it’s worth it. I have a feeling it’s going to be one of the books of the year!
Please, please let me know what you’ve been reading in a comment!