Since having kids, reading has been nonexistent. It seems like usually all I have energy or brain capacity for when I get a minute to myself is an episode of Real Housewives. I made a goal for 2017 to read more after realizing I read maybe one book in 2016. I didn’t want to have a specific number because that would have been too much pressure, but the bar was already pretty low! I sort of lost steam towards the end of the year, but I’m still happy to have read about 5x as much as I did last year! Here is what I read:
Big Magic This was the perfect book to start the year off with. We hadn’t officially decided to start the blog yet, but I was doing an online creative writing workshop and helping out with BGD, and this jumpstarted the creative juices. This is still a fun read even if you don’t consider yourself a creative person because Elizabeth Gilbert is such an amazing writer.
Chasing Slow All about cutting out the BS and focusing on what really matters. Erin Loechner’s perspective is so fresh, although it was slightly more religious than I was anticipating. It’s just such a pretty book and it definitely made me rethink some aspects of our crazy life.
All The Light We Cannot See I cannot remember the last time I read such a captivating fiction story. It tells the story from a few different characters’ perspective, which made it even more interesting. Definitely recommend this one, although I think I’m pretty late to the party with this recommendation.
Magic of Motherhood I have been a Coffee + Crumbs super fan since I read When Love Feels Heavy (Seriously, go read it and send it to every one of your mom friends. It’s so damn good.) and so I couldn’t wait to get a copy of this book. This book has a lot of Sacramento connections and Brittany and I were able to go to the book launch party where I went complete fan girl when got to meet N’Tima Preusser who wrote When Love Feels Heavy! This book is on super sale now and would make such a good baby shower gift or a just because gift for a mama friend.
Braving the Wilderness I’m halfway through this one now, and as always Brene Brown does not disappoint. I’ll be honest and say I only bought it because I saw she wrote it, because who can read a book jacket with two wildlings in a cart?! When I got home and looked a little closer didn’t think it was going to be applicable to my life. As I’m getting deeper into it I’m seeing the bigger picture and her message, and I definitely think there is something for everyone in this book. It’s all about treating one another better, despite our differences. 2017 felt so divisive, especially after the 2016 election and this book focuses on healing and loving even if you don’t agree on every little thing, which has definitely been a good reminder to me.
I’m still chipping away at this one self care session at a time. I’ll get there and report back once I’m completely done!
What did you read this year? What is on your 2018 reading list? Give me all of your recommendations! I want to (try) and keep this (slow) reading train moving!