The initial voracious reading period of maternity leave wore off and now I am back into my regular commute. I try to use my evening commute for journaling or podcast listening, so I end up with my nose in a book far less often than previously. That being said, I've challenged myself (via Goodreads) to read 24 books this year. So far this year, I've read:
We Were Liars by E. Lockheart: I think I read this one in an afternoon, even with babies and toddlers and piles of laundry. It will keep you guessing, even if you probably don't have enough information to really put it all together. I've already said too much.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown: This book hit every YES bone in my body. I find my greatest stress and unhappiness comes from being spread across too many projects, priorities, interests and responsibilities. I know this is a work in progress for me and I am sure I will re-read this book a million times. The biggest take aways for me right now where to really rank my priorities and consult that order when I need to make a decision and to really streamline down to a single task at a time. Like I said, work in progress, but I *love* the feeling that comes from identifying what is essential and keeping my energy and focus there.
Garden Spells and First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen: some magical fiction that I had on my list for a long time. Garden Spells was recommended by Meg and Sas during Heart & Hearth. I enjoyed it so much that I went right for the sequel. I have a feeling I'll add some more Sarah Addison Allen to my list. This is the kind of magic I've always been searching for in my life. The kind of magic of sentient trees and magical train platforms that lead to Hogwarts and secret histories and recipes. These were such easy-to-read and feel-good stories with just the right amount of magic and fun. Big fan.
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: Recommended on a list for people who loved Gone Girl. The recommendation holds up, but it is good in its own right. It's a book I wish I could have written and the one that will make any story that grows out of someone staring from the train to the houses beyond a cliche. This book makes that tale epic. And exciting. It will also keep you twisting and turning. Read it.
I'm currently reading The Probable Future, The Gift of Change: Spiritual Guidance for Living Your Best Life and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. What's on your bedside table? What should I add to my list?