Let’s be real. I strongly considered not writing this most this month. I didn’t really read much of anything this month, especially anything I’m super proud of or impacted by. But, as I thought about the reasons for that, I discovered there are some important lessons hidden in there. It’s been a stressful month, full of work stress, life stress, and plain anxiety. I kept trying to force myself to read some heady books on my bookshelf simply so I would have something meaningful to report on the blog. I’m definitely interested in the books, but my reason for picking them up had shifted from joy to obligation. When that happened all it did was add more stress to my already stressful world.
So, I let go of the obligation and self-imposed expectation, and I kept it easy and light-hearted this month to remind myself why I read. I read because it fills me up, not because it contributes to an “image” I want to portray. I read because it brings me joy, and definitely not to impress people. With that in mind, here’s what reading looked like for me this month.
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion: This is the sequel to a book I read last month and loved! I tore into this one with great excitement to continue the story. However, I hated it. I hated the direction of the story and honestly, I found it boring. I kept dreading picking it back up, and then one day, a friend who has read it recommended that I just stop. So I did. I think that may be the first time I’ve ever quit reading a book, especially fiction. So there ya go…you might love it, but it wasn’t for me. If you have read it I would love to know your thoughts.
The Royal We by Heather Cocks: Several people recommended this to me, and I kept seeing it mentioned on Instagram and Twitter so I had to give it a shot. I was hoping it would get me out of my reading slump and it did to some degree. I enjoyed getting lost in the light-hearted story. If you like British fiction and romantic comedies I think you’ll like this too. The good news is that it’s not too cheesy…that’s always plus.
So there you have it…a book review with a little honesty. I’d love to hear what you’re reading right now. Better yet, tell me what you’re doing that fills you up and brings you joy.