Reading Reflections: Quick Lit

Today I’m sharing some short and sweet reviews of what I’ve been reading the past month. As I was looking over some data from my blog, I realized it’s been less than a month since I’ve launched my new blog. It feels like so much longer! So it’s not hard to believe that I’ve read less than usual over the past month. I do feel that I’ve got a lot accomplished with my newly launched blog and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

Most of my reading time has been taken up by Americanah. However, I always have one or two nonfiction books going on the side. I love thumbing through nonfiction books to get tips and ideas about things I’m interested in or want to improve. Pinterest is awesome, but there’s nothing like a tangible book to get a fresh perspective and new ideas. I actually have checked out the Backyard Homesteading book several times before. I should just buy it. It’s my not-so-secret dream to have an urban homestead. Chickens, bees, a kick-ass garden…I want it all. Right now all I have is a pot with some basil in it and dead oregano. A girl can dream, right?

Here’s what I read:

A Man Called Ove: A Novel: View my post about this book here. This particularly touched my heart because I lost my dad a couple of years ago to cancer. While Ove and his wife never had children and my mom is far from a curmudgeon, I found this story highly relatable.

Modern Romance: view my post about this book here.

Here’s What I’m Currently Reading:

Americanah: You can read about my progress in this book and a good nonfiction book to pair it with here. This should be required reading for every American. It is a compelling story about journey of identity, self-discovery and love. The author says some really profound things about race in American society. A lot of times we like to pretend that race is not an issue in this country, but ignoring it makes it more of a problem. 

Crazy Rich Asians: I was going to wait until I finished Americanah before I started this one, but I couldn’t resist the sparkly cover. I’ve heard this is a funny one and I was in the mood for something light. It’s pretty good so far. Stayed tuned for a review soon.

And some nonfiction for my personal development…

Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content: from the publisher – In Everybody Writes, top marketing veteran Ann Handley gives expert guidance and insight into the process and strategy of content creation, production and publishing, with actionable how-to advice designed to get results.

Organize for a Fresh Start: Embrace Your Next Chapter in Life: from the publisher – Transform your home and your schedule so they perfectly meet your current needs and reflect who you are and what you value now. Changes and life transitions often leave people with unbalanced schedules and homes full of obsolete items. Certified Professional Organizer® Susan Fay West shows you how to make room for your new interests and responsibilities while honoring your past.

Backyard Homesteading: A Back-to-Basics Guide to Self-Sufficiency (Gardening): from the publisher – Backyard Homesteading addresses the needs of many people who want to take control of the food they eat and the products they use–even if they live in a urban or suburban house on a typical-size lot.

2 thoughts on “Reading Reflections: Quick Lit

    1. This is a great article on the gendered implications of the word curmudgeon. This quote pretty much sums it up: “The gendered disparity in how people respond to grumpiness, expressions of frustration, and grouchy people is indicative of how people relate to women as a whole, and perceive gendered emotions and roles.”
      http://meloukhia.net/2014/12/curmudgeons_grumps_and_gender/
      Just a little light reading 😉 And for the record, you are the opposite of curmudgeon!

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