One of my goals/resolutions for 2020 was to read more. I hopped on to Goodreads (add me as a friend! 🙂 and set my reading challenge goal to 35 books for the year. I believe that’s the default. As I’m typing this, I have read 27 books so far and I hope to ultimately double the goal I set in January.
I keep myself accountable by posting my read books on Goodreads and Instagram stories. (they are saved as a highlight as well) I make sure to rate them on both sites so I remember which ones I loved and others can get recommendations.
My reading consists of physical books, kindle books, and audiobooks, and usually two at a time. I like doing that so I can listen to a book while I cook, shower, drive, do chores, etc. But also, a physical/kindle book so I can read it before going to sleep or when I need a break.
The biggest thing that has helped me read more is listening to audiobooks when I can. So has being more intentional about putting a physical book next to my bed, going to a book when I need a break, and reading at least a few minutes before bed.Want to read more? Put a book next to your bed, reading when you need a break from tech, and reading a few minutes before sleeping. Click To Tweet
Hera are best books I’ve read lately rated out of five stars:
100 Days of Sunlight ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book is gold. It reminded me why I fell in love with reading so long ago. (corny but true) It’s a coming of age novel about a sixteen-year-old who loses her eyesight after a car accident. She has to come to terms with her new situation. If you loved The Fault in Our Stars, you will love this, too.
The Things We Cannot Say ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The scene is set in 1942 Nazi-occupied Poland but also goes to present-day Florida. (I love novels that feature two seemingly different stories) There is a mystery that needs to be unearthed and at least one love story. I enjoyed how the author left you guessing throughout, but everything came together in the end.
Where the Crawdads Sing ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I was late to the party in reading this, but it definitely was all that it was cracked up to be. This wasn’t my typical setting/storyline, but it had all the emotion and grit that I love. This is also a coming of age story that follows a mostly abandoned girl who figures out how to live with the land and others. It has some mystery and an ending I loved.
The Green Mile ⭐⭐⭐⭐½
I saw the movie so long ago that I barely remember if I liked it or not. (I think I did) But I definitely enjoyed the book by Stephen King. (I did not realize he wrote it- it’s not the typical horror like his other works) This follows a correctional officer who guards death row, some of his counterparts, and a few inmates. It’s an interesting mix of circumstances and human emotion throughout.
Know My Name ⭐⭐⭐⭐½
Trigger warning and heavy read. It shone so much light on the justice system, Chanel Miller’s personal response to her assault and the aftermath, and everything that came with something that happened to her that she had no say in. Very powerful.
A “self-help” book mixed with anecdotes that tell the story of how the author came to trust her inner voice and live her best, most true life. Lots of good pieces of information to keep in mind to apply to your own situation. I finished this book quickly- it kept my attention from cover to cover.
If you’ve read any of these best books or want to, let me know! (or if you’ve read anything lately that YOU loved- I’m always adding to my ‘want to read’ list in Goodreads) I love discussing books.
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