Thursday, July 28, 2016

books, books, and more books!

I've spent a decent part of 2016 reading.  I had a few New Years resolutions this year and if I'm honest I can't remember what they all were (I think there were three). I do know that one of them was to read every day. An actual book, not the news or twitter or that kind of stuff.  I'm proud to say I'm managed to read almost every day (I count that as keeping my resolution) and have started book #40 (I KNOW!!).

In honor of my reading accomplishment I've updated the Reading List page (found and the top of the blog) and hope to keep it up-to-date-ish for you.

I've found that reading everyday-ish helps me unwind at the end of a long day. For this reason I am not reading things I don't want to read/would bore me. I'm not looking to learn anything, but to relax (I still read things to learn, but not for this list). Does that make any sense?

I tried to read the "Summer Read of 2016" but couldn't get in to it.  I thought the fact that it was about a fancy, schmancy NYC restaurant would mean it would be right up my alley (we're big fans on Somm and Chef's Table), but I just couldn't do the writing style. The book jacket also mentioned drug use and some other things that just didn't float my boat.  I tried it. I promise. I got about 40 pages in and carried on living my life.

My go-to authors have been Carole Matthews, Paige Toon, Lindsey Kelk, Elin Hilderbrand, Liza Palmer, Brenda Janowitz, and Stacey Ballis (all author's I've read before, just picking up the books I'm managed to miss along the way) along with anything new by my faves.

And if you're wondering when I read with two kiddos I do it when I bike, during nap times, after they go to bed (my t.v. watching has been cut back a bit), and if I'm honest, while they're watching Mickey Mouse :)

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