2019 is looking like a promising year for me in regards to books. My Goodreads goal this year started off at 30 books since I have a baby who is becoming more active. I was afraid I would have absolutely no time to read. This month, I have already read 5 books which puts me at 17% done with my reading goal. I figured some months I’ll read a lot and some months I won’t even touch a book. I am considering raising my Goodreads challenge to 50 books anticipating that the added pressure will push me to surpass that goal. At the end of 2018, I reached my goal of 45 books while having a newborn, so I am fairly confident I can read 5 more books this year.
January Reading Wrap-Up
Less: A Visual Guide to Minimalism by Rachel Aust was the first book I finished this month. I started it on December 31st and finished New Year’s Day. I gave this book 4.5/5 stars. It was a very quick read because it was full of pictures and easy-to-read diagrams. I did not find it as useful as I would have if I knew nothing about minimalism. I have been watching Rachel Aust’s Minimalism series as well as other minimalism channels on YouTube, so I had already known about a lot of the information provided in the book. I would definitely recommend this book to the people who want to get started on simplifying their life and need inspiration on what they want their finished product to look like. Here is her YouTube channel: Rachel Aust if you would like to expand on the concept of minimalism.
I have already talked about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo in my post Living Intentionally in 2019 . I gave this book 5/5 stars. I swear by this book. It has helped me so much to overcome my inability to keep my space clear of clutter. I’m not just talking about my physical space either. My mental space feels so much lighter and happier now that I have been getting rid of everything in my life that I either do not need or things that do not “spark joy”. I’m sure most people have heard this phrase by now since Marie Kondo now has a series out on Netflix. Some people have went out of their way to hate on this book and its methods without looking at the bigger picture. This book and the act of simplifying one’s life is for each individual person to find what makes THEM happy. Life is a grayscale; nothing is black and white. Sure, Marie Kondo seems pretty set in her methods, but I take certain things with a grain of salt. If you are not at the point in your life where you feel change is necessary for your physical or headspace, I would recommend not reading it. But, if you are like me and you feel stuck while trying to be rid of the things that do not seem to belong in your life, READ THIS BOOK!
The Allure of Julian Lefray by R.S. Grey is just one of those books where I can’t stop reading. The main character Josephine is a fashion blogger from a small town in Texas who moves to New York to expand her opportunities. She applies for Lorena Lefray Designs and ends up meeting Julian, Lorena’s brother. R.S. Grey has a habit of doing that to people. She writes romantic comedies that are fun to read and have relatable characters. I have read all of her books at least once,and I’ve read some of them more like 2 or 3 times. Arrogant Devil is the fourth book I read in January. R.S. Grey did it again with this one. It has a headstrong woman from California who winds up in Texas needing a job and a cowboy who would love nothing more than to send her packing. Both books were re-reads for me and I gave them both 5/5 stars. Disclaimer: both books are for ages 17+
The final book I read in January was The Bone Season: A Novel by Samantha Shannon. I also rated this book 5/5 stars. This one surprised me. I started reading this as an audiobook and had a hard time getting into the world at first, but once I did, I was blown away. This book is about clairvoyance and takes place in a dystopian London. I typically never go for dystopian novels; this was an exception and it paid off. I also just found out there is supposed to be seven installments in this series, so I’m a little upset that only three have been published so far.
Books I want to read in February
I have a lot of books that I have tabled and would like to finish during February, so I am going to be a little ambitious for my TBR.
- Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
- The Mime Order (The Bone Season) by Samantha Shannon
- Uprooted: A Novel by Naomi Novik
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
- The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey
- Queens of Fennbirn (Three Dark Crowns) by Kendare Blake
- A Place in the Sun by R.S Grey
Let me know if there are any books you would recommend I read!