A new year provides the opportunity to evaluate, set goals, imagine what could be done differently. I have long wanted to keep a tally of the books I read in a year so have decided to accomplish that this year in this forum. It may be interesting, or it may not be, no telling until it is done.
So to start the year I have read two books that are light and entertaining and seasonally appropriate. These are exactly the right books for those times when you need something mindless and entertaining.
- Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand
- Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand (These are books 2 and 3 in a series. The first is Winter Street).
Now onto the stack of books that has been sitting by my bedside for an undetermined amount of time.
3. Do Not Become Alarmed by Maile Meloy. A compelling, impossible to put down, engrossing read.
4. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. This is a heartwarming read that reinforces the goodness (and quirkiness) in humanity.
And just when I thought I was going to make progress on that stack of books, my library loans for my Kindle finally became available. Back to the stack another day.
5. Recipe for a Perfect Wife by Karma Brown. An authentic read about marriage, the compromises made, and the real story behind the images portrayed.
6. The Long Run by Matt Long. Admittedly, I started this in 2019 but just finished it in January of 2020 so I think it still counts! This was an audiobook I listened to during many long runs of marathon training. Very inspirational story about a hard core, NY firefighter and endurance athlete who suffers horrific injuries and makes his way back to endurance sports. I had tears running down my face during the last two chapters. This guy is incredible!
7. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid. A relevant story about race, class, entitlement, marriage and parenting.
8. Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center. An entertaining, engrossing read about a young woman’s coming of age and the power of love (of many different types).
Brief reprieve from library loans so I’ll return to the bedside stack. This stack of books is monstrous but I’m determined to make head way this year! Many of the books are in the stack because I kind of want to read them (or think I should read them) but they just haven’t pulled me in. This is the year to either read them or give up on them. I’ll try to make my peace with that.
9. The Wild Inside by Christine Carbo. A mildly suspenseful mystery about a murder in Glacier National Park. This author has written a number of similar stories and although I have enjoyed her previous works, I had a hard time getting overly excited about this one. I felt like it was just too similar to her other works.
And…..back to the Kindle.
10. Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates. I listened to this in audiobook format which was the perfect way to fully absorb all the great concepts Melinda writes about. If you are a woman, are raising women, or know women, then this book is a must read.
11. I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie. A family centric mystery that explores the sequelae of group dynamics and dysfunctional intrafamilial communication.
12. Older, but Better, but Older: From the Authors of How to Be Parisian by Caroline De Maigret and Sophie Mas. Entertaining, witty, hilarious, relatable. A must read if you are lucky enough to be getting older.
13. Whisper Network by Chandler Baker. An in depth examination of women in the corporate world, the bonds they form, the sacrifices they make, and the unspoken ways in which they are frequently undervalued and unfairly treated.
14. The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda. A psychological thriller with layers of complexity.
15. Untangled by Lisa Damour, PhD. This is a must read for anyone who has teenage or nearly teenage daughters. Dr. Damour clearly understands adolescent girls. She deftly provides parents with insight into the teenage brain and shares her wisdom for how to approach adolescent girls. The book is sprinkled with relatable stories and applicable suggestions about the gamut of issues parents and teens will face. My husband and I both listened to this as an audiobook on Audible and it quite literally changed the way we interact with our daughters. (As an aside, it also changed how I approach adolescents in my pediatrics practice and how I counsel their oft bewildered parents.)
16. The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo. A multigenerational story of a (still) happily married couple, their four adult daughters, grandchildren and assorted significant others. As the story transpires, you come to realize that even in happy marriages and seemingly happy families, there are secrets, and lies, and insecurities. None of us are immune to the human experience.