Daily Archives: April 2, 2019

Books (April A ~ Z Challenge)


Books are always a good topic for me, especially when incorporated in a list. That’s because, though I love reading, relish books and devour book reviews, I do not enjoy writing reviews of books. So, my book list stands on its own, with few remarks.

Books I’ve read, in 2019:

  • Calypso, by David Sedaris. Hilarious!
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo. This has been on my shelf for a while. I thought I should read it, thought it was definitely an area of my life that needed improvement, but I hesitated to open the cover. I was afraid I would be forced to toss out things that I loved. After I watched the Netflix series based on the book, I got my courage up. It’s actually a well-written and helpful book, encouragement and information without high pressure.
  • New Order: A Decluttering Handbook, by Fay Wolf. Continuing my self-help odyssey.
  • Becoming, by Michelle Obama. I had seen so many interviews with this author, I felt like I knew basically what this book was about, and that I didn’t need to read it. I changed my mind when I received it as a gift for Christmas. I’m so glad I did! It is wonderfully written, entertaining, warm and funny. I loved it!
  • Atomic Habits, by James Clear. More self-help.
  • The Minimalist Mindset, by Danny Dover. And more.
  • Finding Ultra, by Rich Roll. Inspiration and self-help with a memoir.
  • Skinny Bitch, by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin.
  • Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens. This was one of the first books I listened to on Audible. I found the speaker’s voice a little distracting. I think I’d have liked this better if I’d read it instead.
  • The Happiness of Pursuit, by Chris Guillebeau. This book made me want to start my own quest. Maybe something simple, to start. Like this April A ~ Z Challenge.
  • Girl, Wash Your Face, by Rachel Hollis. Though this author was obviously writing for an audience much younger than me, I liked this book, and found much of her advice helpful anyway.
  • The Forks over Knives Plan, by Alona Pulde, MD, and Matthew Lederman, MD.
  • Furiously Happy, by Jenny Lawson. Wonderful! Hilarious! I was constantly wanting to read chapters out loud to anyone who would listen. I’m sending this off to my daughter, Kate, who I’m pretty sure will love it as much as I did.

Last night, feeling that no book would hold my interest like the one I’d just finished, I picked up Dear Sugar, by Cheryl Strayed. It is holding my interest just fine! In fact, I stayed up way too late reading. Wonderful!