Reading List 2019 (so far)

Instead of recapping all the books I read for an entire year, I thought I would try and do this quarterly so that it’s not such a beast to read (or for that matter, type). My goal is to read 30 books in 2019, so let’s see where I’m at:
  1. Becoming, Michelle Obama (autobiography)- I purposefully started the year with this book and it did not disappoint. So many times I found myself in full-out bawling fits of emotion-of joy, sadness, pride, and longing. Michelle Obama believes in us all, y’all. A+
  2. You Are a Badass, Jen Sincero (self-help)- I guess this book has been around for a while? There were a lot of thoughtful nuggets in this book and I enjoyed the pep talk. I find Sincero to be much more down-to-Earth and in touch with life than others #coughcoughwashingmyface. Sidenote, I think I need to stop being so overly critical of self-help books that do not acknowledge how privileges plays a part in success but. A
  3. You Are a Badass at Making Money, Jen Sincero (self-help)-knocked both of these out to begin the new year and again, this book most definitely opened my little heart to being willing to hear the opportunities that ‘the universe’ is setting up for me. I carry a little piece of sponge with me wherever I go as a talisman to remind me to be open-you never know what is possible.  I’ve spent more time thinking about my financial health and professional growth this year than others, and while I still think it’s highly unlikely that I’ll become a millionaire from reading this book, I did enjoy it. A
  4. I Heart my Little A-holes, Karen Alpert (non-fiction)- This book is from a mommy-blogger (Babysideburns) that I had never heard of but the book was suggested to me as ‘funny’ so I gave it a go. I’m not a mom myself, but still could find some humor in her stories. It was a little repetitive and that really started to get to me but it seemed like a ‘real’ look into parenthood. B
  5. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg,Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik (biography)- Yet another book that brought me to tears multiple times. RBG’s career has not been one of vile wit and brash tendencies, no no, RBG plays the long game-and she plays it better than probably most people in this world. I could go on and on about how inspiring it was to hear about her story (growing up, law school, love, and all the obstacles along the way that led to that SCOTUS seat), but really you should just hear it yourself. This book in print is beautiful, too. Notorious RBG started as a Tumblr thread (is that what they’re called? I don’t Tumbl) and grew quickly in popularity. I encourage you to see this book in print. A+
  6. The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, Megan Mulaly & Nick Offerman (autobiographical love story?)- K I wanted to fall in love with this and laugh my ass off and I really needed both of those things to happen with this book but it.just.did.not.happen. It pains me to be honest, because what if they see this and they don’t like me! But…the jokes didn’t do it for me. I enjoyed the stories about their upbringing (I really look up to Megan) and how normal their relationship is, but I suppose I was just hoping for more giggles. B-
  7. Confessions of a Domestic Failure, Bunmi Laditan (fiction)-This was an easy read with a fun, yet predictable, story.  Again, I am not a parent but I can relate to the “I want to be the person who has it all ‘put together’” vibe she was trying to share with the reader.  It had a very ‘We don’t need to be perfect-no one ever is! Be yourself and see the magic happen!’ feel. B
  8. The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas (fiction, young adult)-…I cried a lot. I thought a lot. I felt uncomfortable a lot. This book is fantastic. (I haven’t watched the movie yet.) A+
  9. Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple (fiction)- The negative I hear most often about this book is the way it’s written, and I would assume that it gets difficult to tie together completely, but it was a fun story!  The book is written so that you are looking at a ‘file’ of letters, texts, and voice mails that have been pieced together by the main character’s daughter. The daughter narrates the story so you get some other context as well. I liked it. B+
  10. Lean In:  Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg (self-help)- So I randomly through this into rotation based off of library reviews and had zero clue who Sandberg even is-or the phenomena of this book (ope?) and I am eternally grateful I did! I adored this book and I admire Sandberg. I think she is very well-rounded and acknowledges privilege which is something (as you know) that I find lacking in SO MANY self-help/reflection books. I started Option B today (her second book) and just the forward has me floored. Love it, appreciate it. Team Sandberg all the way. A+
  11. Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham (autobiography)- I started this years ago and never got far. Finished it this time.  Her stories were cringe-worthy but in that oh-I-know-how-it-feels-to-be-awkward-type way. If you liked her show, you’d probably appreciate the book, but it was almost too ‘Millennial’ for me (and I believe we’re the same age). Meh. Some of the stories were also just creepy. B-
  12. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo (self-help?)- Much like the rest of the world, I binged through Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix when it was released and then went about sparking joy all over our condo (hah). I learned how to fold towels and shirts and really felt like I was A+, gold star level, konmari-ing my life. So as I was tardy to the Kondo/condo party (because I guess she’s been around and popular for a long time? But somehow I always miss these things?) I just finally read her first book. I do not feel like the book sparked as much joy for me as the show did. In fact, I struggle with how detached someone can be from any personal objects-but I’m pretty sentimental so I’m sure this is a bias.  I don’t really feel like I learned much extra from the book. B-
12! 12 books in 3 months! I have some really good ones coming up in the next quarter, so stay tuned! Do you have any recommendations? What’s your favorite book so far this year?

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