It’s the middle of April, and I am behind schedule by 5 books. I’m not pleased with this because I’m not sure I’ll be able to catch up at this rate, but I’m also not giving up hope either. So far, like the normal train of my thoughts, the books I have read this year are an eclectic hodge podge.
- A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
- I am now about halfway through A Feast for Crows. Martin tells a good yarn!
- Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
- I laughed so hard when I was reading this book, which I mostly read in various coffee shops while on vacation. I’m sure people thought I was weird.
- Forever by Chanda Hahn
- Finally wrapped up this YA series!
- A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
- Recommended during my thesis courses. I thought it was great!
- The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks
- Also recommended during my thesis courses since I have an assassin character and this book revolves around special assassins (called “wetboys” in Weeks’ world). This was a good read but also a difficult one. Like Martin, Weeks doesn’t shy away from the gritty reality of human nature.
- Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
- I have a love/dislike (not strong enough to “hate”) relationship with this book. Gaskin has a ton of experience in childbirthing, but she holds what feels like a pretty biased perspective on natural birth vs. hospital birth.
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- Again, laughed out loud a lot while reading this book, and the last quarter of the book held me riveted.
- Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World? by Eugene Cho
- Cho writes about social justice from a Christian perspective and lays out the pitfalls of good intentions. Although I thought I knew a lot about this topic, I still felt convicted to change some of my own approaches to justice.
So that’s where I am. Currently, I’m also actively in the middle of these books:
- The Best Place on Earth by Ayelet Tsabari
- Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
- Not sure I’ll finish this one, honestly. I’m interested in what happens but also frustrated with how the story is progressing. For those who love this book, why should I keep reading it?
- A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Any books you would recommend that I read this year?