Monday, September 12, 2016

Blog-tember, Day 12: Read, Reading, To-Be Read

Books, books, books. I could write for DAYS about books! I have over 800 books and plays (oops...), and reading is one of my favorite pastimes! I definitely had to throw in a book prompt for The Blog-tember Challenge this year, especially when I have a goal of 52 books in 52 weeks that will be coming to a close in a few short months! I'm 45 books in so far, with only seven to go!

Monday, Sept. 12: Three books! One you just read, one you're currently reading, and one you want to read.



Recently Read: The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg had been on my list for quite some time, and even on my shelf since early spring. I think Hannah Brencher recommended it way back when, but it took me until the end of summer to pick it up. It's a fascinating look at why we do what we do, breaking it down to our cues, the habits, and the rewards we have created. I have a handful of habits I want to break and another set that I want to put into place, so I'm thankful for a fresh perspective on how to do so.

One of the things that struck me most from the early chapters of the book was the idea that our mind creates habits so that we have less decisions to make. "Habits, scientists say, emerge because the brain is constantly looking for ways to save effort" (Duhigg p 17). Those things that come naturally or we do naturally (especially repeatedly) have been made into habits so that our mind can focus on other things or can power down and take a break. I definitely plan to give this book another read, and to make moves to get these habits gone (or going)!



Currently Reading: Present Over Perfect

I am actually always in the middle of three or four books. My currently list includes Play with Fire, Uninvited, The Circle Maker, Circling the Sun, and Present Over Perfect. I decided to share about Present over Perfect because it is SO speaking into my season. I hustle and hurry and have an endless to-do list, but I've been feeling the ache for simplicity, for being present in the moment instead of agonizing over imperfections.

I haven't gotten very far so far, but it's my bedtime book of choice this week, so the results will be in soon. I loved Bittersweet and Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist previously, so I'm sure I will continue to love this one.



To Be Read: Flawed

I definitely judged this book by its cover. I picked up Flawed earlier in the summer but it sat idle on the shelf. It wasn't until after I took it home that I realized it was by Cecelia Ahern, the author of P.S. I Love You, a book and movie that made me cry uncontrollably multiple times over. It's her first foray into young adult fiction and it's the first book in a series. Unfortunately Perfect doesn't come out until April, and my heart gets all skippy about starting a series only to be left hanging (hello reading Red Queen and Glass Sword then wanting to THROW ALL THE THINGS AT THE WALL until King's Cage comes out next year...).

Since I haven't read it, here's a glimpse at the book sleeve's summary: "Celestine North lives a perfect life. She's a model daughter and sister, she's well liked by her classmates and teachers, and she's dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan. But then Celestine encounters a situation in which she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed."

Stay tuned for an update and review! I'm sure I'll have this one done by the end of the year.

What about you?What have you read?
What are you reading and what do you want to read next?

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