The books that change you, that stick with you and cling hard to your ribs bury themselves deep inside, manifesting lessons and bringing forth a burst of understanding you wouldn’t otherwise understand. These are the books that are under my skin, for good, forever. These are not just my favorite books. My favorites can include romantic beach reads, weird meditations on public policy, and comic collections, but what is different about these books are the lessons that stick with me, the memories attached, and the way these books affect my perception of the world and my outlook on life.
So my May resolutions fell apart for a variety of reasons, and as I venture into a VERY BUSY June, I want to manage my time better than I have before. So without further ado, I present June:
Dear Reader, I should add to my New Years Resolutions a plan to keep up with my GoodReads account. Because this year, I read quite a few books, and I should probably organize them…somehow. I read 34 books this year, which is WAY UP from the 7 I read in 2015, and that’s something to be proud of. I don’t have dates for when I read these books, but I started reading this year around April, and read pretty consistently after that. So let’s get into it:
Dear Reader, this is the year I am going to actually manage to keep my resolutions. I have tried the “don’t break the chain” charts and the personal accountability bits, but this year, I think I’ve found something I love:
Dear Reader, I’ve blogged quite a bit this year. More consistently than I used to, not as consistently as I wanted to. But I read a lot more than I have any other year that I have been blogging, so I wanted to talk about the best book I read this year.
I don’t know if I have ever done a proper book haul on this blog. I know I’ve done library hauls before, but I think this is slightly different. However, I have found myself purchasing some books, and because of that, I wanted to share them with you.
In June, I talked about wanting to take on a Happiness Project, as modeled off of the book of the same name by Gretchen Rubin. So whatever happened to that?
I have now read through Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project three times over the last month, and I love it. The book focuses on incremental month to month changes building over the course of a year that is the culmination of research and simply living her life. Rubin’s happiness project was unique to her, her life, and what mattered to her. Her focus is on her energy levels, her marriage, her kids, and her career.
I have been thinking a lot about this concept lately. I have been reading and rereading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, and she talks about this concept in her book, that the years will go by so fast, but the day to day feels like it drags along.