I love books. I love reading. I always have and probably always will.
I like stories that take me away and I like stories that teach me about other cultures & places and I like stories that make me turn the pages one after the other.
I make time to read for both enjoyment and enrichment and often choose it over other activities ( which is much easier in winter time when the weather is rain, rain, rain). I don't watch a lot of TV (we just have an Apple TV and Netflix and HBO). Aaron I just recently started watching Game Of Thrones (we are just starting season four and that's really the only thing I'm watching right now). All the kids in this house have daily reading expectations. It's just what we do.
So all that said, last year for Christmas I put a subscription to the Book Of The Month Club on my list and Katie got it for me. I'm totally loving it and I think it's really spurred my reading again. Basically it's a monthly book subscription where they offer a selection of five books and you choose which one you want to read for that month. You can also add additional titles for $9.99.
After I started posting about what I was reading on Instagram I was invited to be an Ambassador for them which basically means that they send me my selections early in exchange for helping them to promote the new selections at the beginning of the month on Instagram. Disclosure: I am also an affiliate for Book Of The Month so if you purchase via one of those links I will receive a small percentage of the sale.
I'd like to start sharing what I'm reading a bit more regularly here on my blog. I've also been sharing using the hashtag #aereads2017 on Instagram if you are interested in following along over there. I'm also trying to stay up to date with what I'm reading over on Goodreads.
I think you should know that I am not a super picky reader - I just like to read. And, as you probably know already, I really like stories.
Started But Haven't Finished And/Or Currently Reading:
- Pachinko (BOTM) // About 1/4 of the way into this one.
- Secret Garden // I think I have about 1/4 left of this one.
- Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind The Frantic For A Simpler, More Soulful Way Of Living // Reading this one slowly when I feel like I want/need to read the words.
- Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood (Kindle) // Loving this one and picking it up here and there between other books.
- Marlena (BOTM) // Actively reading this one right now and am about 1/3 of the way through.
Sometimes I start a book and get part way through and set it down for one reason or another - lately it's been that I've been more excited to read something else.
READ IN 2017
NOTE: (BOTM) means the book came from the Book Of the Month Club.
- You Will Know Me (BOTM) // First book from BOTM. Read it in a day and a half (suspense). Enjoyed.
- Lucky You (BOTM) // I remember liking this one as I was reading it but to be honest I can barely remember it now. This is why I'm trying to remember to post some short thoughts on Instagram when I finish each one.
- Behind Her Eyes (BOTM) // Suspense. Crazy twist. Enjoyed.
- Perfect Little World (BOTM) // Vacation read. Liked the change of pace on this one (had been reading more suspense). This one was a sweet little story with topics of motherhood and family and tribes of people and how things change.
- What Alice Forgot (Kindle) // Vacation read. Totally enjoyed this story and imagining what it would be like to experience memory loss in this way. Not suspense.
- The Twilight Wife // Aaron picked this one out at Target to read while we were on vacation and I read it when he was done. I thought this one was okay - probably had something to do with the fact that I read What Alice Forgot right before this one and they both deal with memory loss (this one is more suspense).
- The Stranger In The Woods (BOTM) // Non-fiction. This true story about a man living in the woods of Maine for almost 30 years read like a long-form magazine article. I enjoyed the break from the fiction I've been reading.
- Exit West (BOTM) // This one was a lot different from what I've been reading and I appreciated it for that. Different kind of narrator (omniscient) and subject matter (refugees). Glad I read it.