I sat down to make a list today of the books I’ve read in this first quarter of the year, and I have to say, I’m a little disappointed in myself. Perhaps I’m just forgetting some of the books I’ve read, but I feel like my list should be longer than it is. I’m drawing a big blank though, so here are the ones that I at least remember reading since the start of the new year:
- The Black Prism by Brent Weeks – Loved this one. It has one of the coolest concepts I’ve seen in quite a while and had me chomping at the bit for more. Which led to:
- The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks – A worthy sequel, which is really saying something in my book. Terry got me this for Valentine’s Day. Clearly he knows me well.
- Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb – *Sigh* The end of Fitz’s story. Just lovely.
- The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal– Very interesting look at the science behind willpower. I was pleased to find as I read it that a lot of the things I’m already doing contribute to strengthening willpower. When I get stressed, I turn to a book, not the TV. I run and do yoga. I make a point to go outside everyday and enjoy the sunshine. I try to meditate and breathe deeply when I’m upset. Apparently I should have willpower up the wazoo!! *eats another Oreo*
- In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan – This was a reread for me, but I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time. This is the book that inspired me to mostly cut out processed food from our diets (right after I mention the Oreo I’m eating. Keepin’ it real, folks). This time I liked reading about how much different countries spend on food relative to their income. I spend more than most of America, slightly more than the Spanish and just under what the French spend. I’m good with that.
- Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella – This was for book club and honestly I wasn’t super thrilled when we decided on it. But it ended up being super fun. I still don’t know what we can possibly talk about at book club for it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
- Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – Okay, guys. Here’s the thing. I LOVED this book. So freaking much. I read the first one over a year ago so there were a few parts I was hazy on when it came to what had happened before, but I whipped right through this one. And it’s not even usually the kind of book I would like cuz it’s full of weird half-humans and non-humans and bizarro things happening. When I was trying to explain it to Terry he said “this sounds weird.” And it does, and it is, but it doesn’t matter, I will love this one to my grave. So so so good. Laini has a gorgeous writing style and an incredible story to tell. What more could you possibly want? As soon as I finished this one I had to pick up:
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – This is the first book. I didn’t want to wait forever to get it at the library when I’d already read it so I figured I’d just go straight to the sequel. But once I read the sequel, I just wanted to stay in that world, you know? Terry finally told me to just fork over the 6 bucks it cost to get it on my kindle (I think this was in an effort to keep me quiet for a night so he could study for his comprehensive exams. Well played, husband, well played (or, was that my plan all along?! You’ll never know, muahahaha!)). Anyway, great read.