This was another surprisingly good reading week. I’m being more mindful about building reading time into my day. I mean, shouldn’t I include something that brings me joy as much as possible?
The kids only have roughly 2 weeks left of school (7.5 days, to be exact) and we’re all looking forward to summer. More and more often, I will come downstairs to find both of my kids reading in the family room and it is just an amazing sight. My daughter has always been a reader, but my son has been more reluctant until recently. However, thanks, I’m sure, to his amazing 2nd grade teacher, he’s learning to love reading as well.
What I finished this week:
This book was recommended to me through MyTbr, but I was more that a little apprehensive once I got my hands on a copy. The blurb said it was for people who enjoyed Commonwealth and The Interestings, two books I did not like. So, it was with one strike already on the board, I started it.
Folks, I liked it. It had a bit of a strange twist, an aura of dystopia that just lingered in the background. That, however, was not the story. Instead, it was an exploration of grief and family obligations. I loved Conklin’s writing style, which employed some interesting conventions I hadn’t seen before. It’s definitely a weightier read, better suited for a book club than a tropical beach–but one I would recommend.
The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles that Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives, Too) by Gretchen Rubin
So, a few years ago, I started to read Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin, but put it aside when she started talking too much about these four tendencies. I didn’t think much about it until earlier this week when, listening to a nutrition podcast, Gretchen Rubin was interviewed. She spoke more about the tendencies and, this time, I paid attention. After her interview, I was pretty sure that I was either an obliger or an upholder, but I wasn’t sure which.
As with most things in life, the library came to the rescue. I started this book and then took the quiz and I am a…rebel! I was initially shocked, but then realized it fit me to a T. From majoring in medieval history because I was mad at my parents (long story) to giving up book blogging because I was buried under all the deadlines, everything described me. People, this has changed the way I look at the world.
I have to admit that while I’m counting this as “read,” I really only read the parts that applied to me (which was only the rebel section because my husband, who will deny this to his dying day, is also a rebel). So, did I read every page? No. Did I count it as a completed book for my goodreads challenge? Yes. Why? Because I’m a rebel.
- The Frangipani Tree Mystery by Ovidia Yu
- Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley
- Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks