One of my very favorite things to talk about is books! At the beginning of last year I did a surprisingly good job tracking what I read and even sharing my progress on Hellobee (if you’re interested, here is a summary of what I read in March/ April, February, and January of last year, as well as one of my favorite posts on how I squeeze reading in as a mom).
And then I started my 3rd trimester with Baby #3 and, well, life got a little crazy. While I had set an ambitious goal to read more books in 2017 than I had read in 2016 (44), I ended up falling pretty short of that goal. I still read some great books though, including this exquisite YA novel.
With 3 boys under 5 and a full-time job, I’m not going to lie – I find it really hard to start and finish a book these days. But the 4 books I’ve powered through so far in 2018 have been worth the effort. As for the handful of books I’m still working through, the jury is still out on some of them, but I am happy to report I look forward to climbing into my bed with my beloved Kindle every night!
Here’s what I’ve read so far in 2018:
1. The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo (336 pages) – My friends raved about this book (a few going as far as to call it the best book they’d read in years), and Reese Witherspoon selected it as the February pick for her Hello Sunshine book club. I really enjoyed this book and rated it 4 stars on Goodreads, but I don’t necessarily share my friend’s opinions.
2. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (354 pages) – This very popular book is worth the hype. I tend to prefer contemporary or historical fiction, so the post-apocalyptic setting was hard for me to stay invested in at times. But I am really glad I stuck with it and ended up rating this one 4 stars on Goodreads (would have been 4 1/2 stars if 1/2 stars were allowed).
3. The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes (354 pages) – This book is a fast, easy read, but it surprisingly made me think a lot, especially given the space in which I work (tech start up). I also rated this one 4 stars.
4. Beartown by Fredrik Backman (433 pages) – I LOVED this book. I haven’t been able to get/ stay into Backman’s other very highly-rated books (notably A Man Called Ove), but I did not have that problem with this one. I rated this one 5 stars and have already pre-ordered the sequel, which comes out on June 5th. P.S. You definitely do NOT need to be a hockey fan to thoroughly enjoy this one.
And here’s what I’m in the middle of reading right now (clearly I’m having a bit of trouble focusing on one book – something that’s true about most things in my life right now ha):
Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams (384 pages) – I like this book but for some reason it doesn’t inspire me to pick it up every night.
Peaceful Parents, Happy Siblings: How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life by Laura Markham (347 pages) – This book is saving my life right now. I highly recommend it. The only reason I haven’t finished it yet is because I take so many notes while reading it!
Green Enough: Eat Better, Live Cleaner, Be Happier (All Without Driving Your Family Crazy!) by Leah Segedie (320 pages) – I saw this book recommended on the Design Mom blog, which I’m a big fan of. I have mixed feelings so far but am not mad to pick it up at night.
The Parent Survival Guide: From Chaos to Harmony in Ten Weeks or Less by Theresa Kellam, PhD (266 pages) – I’m finding this book to be really helpful as I navigate some behavioral issues with my boys. Like Markham’s book on sibling relationships, I am taking a lot of notes on this one!
How To Raise A Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature by Scott D. Sampson – I adore this book, although I’ve paused reading it until nature decides it’s actually spring (it snowed here today sigh).
All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know About Wealth by Laura Vanderkam – I’m always intrigued by Vanderkam’s books and articles, although I find myself disagreeing with her at times.
The Read Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your Kids by Sarah Mackenzie – I talked about Mackenzie’s books in my Five Friday Favorites post a few weeks ago. I highly recommend it!
What are you reading these days? Does anybody else love, but have trouble finishing, non-fiction books. I’d love to talk all things books with you.