Books I Read | January 2018

January has been a busy month, but I still managed to fit in a lot of reading time. My Kindle Unlimited trial period ended this month, so I put most of my efforts towards reading books on there. I also fell found a new fantasy series available on Kindle Unlimited and blew through it so fast.

Overall, January 2018 was a successful month. I tackled several books on my 2018 reading list.

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The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble

This book was even better than I hoped it would be. I enjoyed every bit of it. The fantasy side of it wasn’t ridiculous, and everything flowed together well. It had a desirable ending, and everything was wrapped up with no open endings. If you’re interested in reading a story about gypsies, mermaids, and traveling caravans – this is for you.

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

I loved listening to this book. It was a pleasant surprise. The Interestings is a character development novel following six people throughout their time as young artists at summer camp into adult lives. They endure a lot of hardships, and Wolitzer has no qualms taking on intense topics. If you like coming-of-age stories, give this one a read.

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

Are you all ready to have your minds blown?

Beginning with the exploration of America by various European countries, Isenberg turns everything we were taught in public school on its head. As I read, I found myself questioning if I would ever be able to trust the education system again. Many history buffs will not be surprised by what is written in this book, but for someone who never asks questions about the foundation of America, it is rattling. Plymouth Rock? Myth. Thanksgiving? Myth. I’m not going to give you actual details as to why they’re myths. READ THE BOOK. Especially if you’re white.

Speak Easy, Anne by Brandy Anderson

This story was intriguing, but this is a low-budget novel that didn’t go through a lot of editing. The author struggled to fully immerse her characters into the age of Prohibition. The dialogue felt very 2000’s with some random 1920’s speak thrown in. Their behaviors also didn’t seem to match the time period. A second book continuing the story is available, but I didn’t care enough to pursue it further. Skip this read, unless you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription and are feeling bored.

The Paper Magician (#1) by Charlie N. Holmberg

Ceony is a magician’s apprentice for the magic of Folding. Her first few months prove to be adventurous in the most weird and cruel way. I won’t talk too much about happens, as it will give away the entire book, but when her teacher becomes endangered, Ceony sets off to save him with her limited skills. If you’ve been looking for a new series to take over your world – this is the one. It’s a fantasy without being too geared towards young adults. I loved it.

The Glass Magician (#2) by Charlie N. Holmberg

The adventures don’t stop for Ceony in the second Paper Magician Series book. Ceony is the type of girl who goes looking for trouble. I found her a bit annoying in this one, but I loved the story line and how the plot turns. Highly recommend.

The Master Magician (#3) by Charlie N. Holmberg

The last of the Paper Magician series. You have to read it if you made it past book two. Everything comes together with uncovered secrets and a final test. Again, I find Ceony – the heroine – even more annoying in this book than the second one, but the story is worth it. You can read the entire series in a weekend if you want, and it’s free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription/trial! 

Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres

This is a short book by Ellen about some of the things she was going through in 2011ish and prior. If you love Ellen, you’ll love this book. She cracks me up, and her book was just as random as she is. I listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Ellen. I highly recommend listening to the audiobook because she is narrating it.

What did you read in January? Any recommendations?

Enhance Your Life with this 12 Month Reading List

A few years ago, I was looking over my Goodreads “READ” list (Let’s be friends!) and I realized that a majority of what I’ve read over the years are young adult, fantasy, and children’s books. There is nothing wrong with enjoying these genres, but I believe I’m hindering my personal growth by not branching out.

It is no secret that reading increases your comprehension and intelligence. However, what you read also makes an impact. Reading 50 young adult novels isn’t going to expand your vocabulary. You need to step outside your comfort zone. My 2018 reading list is built around pushing my reading limits.

If one of your goals for the year involves bolstering your vocabulary or reading more books, this 12 month guide can help you.

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January | Minimalism

Intentional living and minimalism are all the rage these days. I have been purging odds and ends for the last two years in an attempt to remove clutter. There is a rumor that clutter actually causes anxiety. Whether you think minimalism is hogwash or you’ve been “finding joy” in your belongings since the trend began, minimalism might give you new perspective. Check these out to see if minimalism is something worth pursuing in your life:

February | Romance

Whether you’re single or in a relationship (who cares, right?), February is a month of indulging. After reading about minimalism and possibly changing your entire life philosophy, grab some love for yourself in the form of a book. Make a cup of coffee, snuggle in with your pet, and savor a trashy romance novel (or a really great one). Below are some easy and tougher reads. Take your pick!

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
  • Don’t Ask Me Now by Emma Darcy (a Harlequin romance)
  • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

March | Money

By March, we’ve usually fallen away from our resolutions and goals for the year. It’s a good time to reset and renew your conviction to take control of your money and live your life with financial security. Some of these books changed my life because it changed my money mindset.

  • The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
  • Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin
  • The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley
  • You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero
  • The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich by David Bach

April | Career

Very few people are happy in their jobs. While reading books about professionalism and career progression aren’t going to make your job better, they might change how you act and react to work situations. Or you might be inspired to change your life. April is a great month to make big leaps!

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

  • Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin
  • The Art of Success: What No One Ever Taught You (But You Still Need to Know) by James Melouney
  • Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy
  • Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
  • The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success by Megan McArdle

May | Historical Fiction

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres because it can immerse you into any time period and theme. Romance in the Wild West? Check. War in Russia? Check. The Golden Age of New York City? YES. You can have all your desires filled with this genre alone. Here are some recommendations, or just hit up Goodreads and check out their historical fiction lists.

  • The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak
  • Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
  • Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy #1) by Ken Follett

June | Famous Classics

There are hundreds of classics out there worth your time. You could go back hundreds of years to read The Iliad or Dante’s Inferno, but if that’s too heavy for a summer read, you could shoot for something shorter and lighter, like The Great Gatsby or The Awakening. Below I’ve offered suggestions from both types:

  • The Aeneid by Virgil
  • The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

July | Fantasy

American Gods

Fantasy is my all-time favorite genre. Ever since I was a child, dragons, fairies, wizards, and magicians have held my heart. Would you believe I have never read the Harry Potter series though? Don’t knock the fantasy realm until you’ve tried it, and if you’ve only read Harry Potter, I beg you to push further. There is so much more to be discovered.

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Paper Magician Trilogy by Charlie Holmberg
  • The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman

August | Educational Non-Fiction

Non-fiction… Oh, how I loathe thee. Non-fiction is something I have shied away from for years, and I believe it to be the reason my vocabulary is so limited. Because I want to feel more intelligent and possibly BE more intelligent, several books on my 2018 reading list are educational non-fiction. Holding my own in a conversation is important to me. Do yourself a favor and read a book that makes you think and challenge your belief system. White Trash (listed below) taught me more than I ever thought possible.

  • A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
  • White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg
  • The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr


September | Humor/Comedy

As much as I love to laugh, I haven’t read much comedy. It’s so much easier to watch comedy than to read it. Still, some authors capture humor through words, and you can find yourself laughing out loud when reading. September is a time of transition, so laughter is vital to making it through a month where fall begins and the weather can turn cold.

  • I Am America by Stephen Colbert
  • Stuff White People Like: A Definitive Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions by Christian Lander
  • Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
  • Love Among the Walnuts by Jean Ferris

October | Thriller/Horror

I am the ultimate scaredy cat when it comes to horror plots. I can’t read about them or watch them on television. Even stories a typical person wouldn’t find scary would terrify me. Still, it is good to branch out, and October is the perfect time to read a thriller or mystery novel. One piece of advice – read these books before the sun goes down – preferably in the morning.

November | Memoir/Biography

I just finished reading one of Ellen Degeneres’ books called Seriously… I’m Kidding, and loved it. I never thought memoirs or biographies sounded intriguing, but over time, they’ve found their way into my heart. We can learn a lot from other people’s experiences and ideas, and reading the history of their lives is a great way to start gleaning that information. 

  • Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  • Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox
  • Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War by Leymah Gbowee
  • The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts by Tom Farley Jr.

December | Young Adult

You really can’t beat young adult books. There are so many great ones to choose from and they’re super quick and easy to read. Of course, this list is tiny compared to the unlimited amount of young adult books available. Don’t be afraid to read some of the older stuff too. You don’t always have to go straight to John Green, though he is wonderful.

  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  • Jason’s Gold by Will Hobbs
  • Stealing Freedom by Elisa Carbone
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Holes by Louis Sachar

The titles listed here are just recommendations. You can absolutely scour Goodreads for more material.

Use this reading guide to push yourself when choosing new books to read. I have been pleasantly surprised when reading outside of my comfort zone, and I am making it a goal to read different genres. What books do you recommend as part of this list?

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Books I Read | December 2017

I admit it. I completely fell off the blogging bandwagon in November, causing me to miss my November reading recap post. December’s reading recap will be an accumulation of books I read in November and December. I did pretty well once classes ended. I even checked off some books that were on my reading list from 2016.

Some of the books I read were complete trash. It was very disappointing. I guess that’s the way it goes when you choose randomly on Goodreads.

Books I read in December 2017 | Rose Colored Water #readingchallenge

A Practical Guide: How to Start and Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary That’ll Actually Help You Get Your Life Together – Rachel Wilkerson Miller

I decided to start bullet journaling in late November, and I really enjoyed it. It slowed down once my classes ended because I didn’t feel like I had a lot to put in it, but this book is a great way to get started with the process. I highly recommend it if you’re considering starting a bullet journal.

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Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life – Jen Hatmaker

I listened to this on audiobook and it was really good! Jen Hatmaker is a Christian writer with some liberal views on faith. She narrated and added her own tidbits that aren’t in the written text, which was refreshing and insightful. If you are interested in hearing from a woman who loves God and isn’t a fire and brimstone type, put this book on your list!

The Bette Davis Club – Jane Lotter

This book was so underwhelming. It started slow and didn’t pick up or get interesting until the last 50 pages or so. I thought it would be a fun read, but it was doldrum. There is very little related to Bette Davis, and the analogy in which she is used is dumb. Don’t read.

The Gemini Effect – Chuck Grossart

Another disappointing read. I am so glad to finally have this off my list. It was on my 2016 reading list and I was able to read it using my free Kindle Unlimited Trial. I thought it sounded so interesting, but it was poorly written and felt like the author stole from a thousand other stories. Picture I Am Legend and World War Z in book form.

The best part about this apocalyptic novel was that it started in Kansas City. I don’t recommend it.

The Winged Histories – Sofia Samatar

This book has great reviews on Goodreads but it was so difficult to read and understand. The writing is unique and beautiful, but I found myself asking what the heck is going on right now? I skimmed the whole thing. I did not enjoy it and if someone asked me what it was about, I wouldn’t know what to say.

Friends Like Us – Lauren Fox

This was exactly what I thought it would be. I actually read it a few days ago (getting an early start on my 2018 list) because it was on Hoopla as audiobook. It definitely feels like the author stole everything from Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin. It was written well, but so overdone. If you like these kinds of stories, go ahead and read it. Just don’t expect anything big.

Beneath the Surface – John Hargrove

I’m not quite finished with this, but I’m close enough to write a review. I have been torn apart in multiple ways reading this book. This man, a senior trainer who worked with orcas at SeaWorld – unveils the truth behind performing orcas and the work that went into making these carnivorous creatures seem like cuddly, understanding beings.

Many people don’t know that I have my scuba certification and went to college in Maine for a year to pursue this career.  The summer before I left, one of their oldest and best trainers was killed by Tilikum. That was in 2010. After the trainer’s death, workers were no longer allowed to get into the water with the whales. That piece, among so many other things, killed my dream and I decided to pursue something else.

Hargrove details his rise in the SeaWorld training ranks and how he eventually left the company because his beliefs changed. While I love seeing the orcas perform, Beneath the Surface opens your eyes to how animals in captivity react and endure life in captivity. There is no “thriving” in that kind of environment.

I could write an entire post on that book, but I recommend reading it for yourself. (And definitely read before you watch Blackfish.)

That wraps up my December reads. I am excited to get started on the rest of my 2018 reading list! What have you been reading lately?

30+ Books to Read in 2018

With the start of a fresh year comes a new list of fresh reads. In 2017, I actually read/listened to more books than ever before, but many of them were not on my 2016 or 2017 reading lists. I’ve talked about how I use my library’s selection to work through my reading lists, and if they don’t have a book, I usually don’t get to read it. That’s because I loathe paying for books (especially audio and electronic versions).

30+ Books for 2018 to help expand your reading list | Rose Colored Water

I’m not backing down though. This 2018 reading list contains my heftiest reading goal yet – 30 books – PLUS the leftovers from 2016 and 2017. This year, I will attempt to read 39 books, in addition to whatever crosses my fancy on Hoopla’s recommended list.

Is it attainable? Absolutely. Will it be difficult? Yes. Much of my success will depend on if I get accepted into nursing school and the NECP. If I don’t, there is no doubt in my mind that I can finish all of these books.

Something special about this list is that when choosing books, I pushed myself to pick things I am interested in, but don’t typically read. I’ve added more non-fiction, more trash (your basic quick reads), and more “best-sellers.” I am trying really hard to push the boundaries of my traditional genres, and I’ve done a pretty good job. I can’t explain how excited I am to get started.

Women Like Us by Erica Abeel

I hope this novel follows the likes of Commencement and Superior WomenIt starts out at a girl’s college, and each of the four friends are determined to be brilliant and successful. The book follows them as they grow into the women they always hoped to be. Will they all make it?

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

I have no idea what this book is about. The Goodreads summary is long and convoluted. I know it is a mystery novel, which is why I added it to my list. I also think it takes place in another time. Historical fiction/mystery? Why not? This is one way I’m expanding my reading list. For those that don’t know, I am not a fan of mysteries.

The Rachel Papers by Martin Amis

Basically, a guy falls in love with a girl named Rachel. That is the gist I got from Goodreads. Not much to go on, but it sounded cute. This is the light reading needed when in the midst of heavy classics and thrillers.

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Goodreads describes this book as “a deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.” It combines magic, science fiction, and traditional romance to create a novel that I’m sure will be entertaining. It also addresses climate change as the reason for the world’s impending doom. Reviewers describe it as quirky and genre-less. Sound interesting?

Speak Easy, Anne by Brandy D. Anderson

I can’t hide my love for the Golden Age in New York City. Bootlegging. Prohibition. Flappers. It calls to me, and Speak Easy, Anne promises to deliver it all. It seems like a low-budget book, but that won’t stop me. This list is about pushing boundaries, right?

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale

This selection was based purely on the book cover. I mean, look at it. The cover is stunning. It also combines fantasy and historical fiction in Russia. My excitement to read this book cannot be contained.

Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg

It’s the Jazz Age in New York City. I don’t need to know anything else about this book to be excited about it. It also spends some time in the Great Depression. This historical piece follows Mazie, a vibrant young woman who is always looking for a good time. However, when the Depression hits, life changes for everyone and Mazie finds a way to help where she can.

I am so looking forward to this book based on this woman’s diary from the 1920’s and 30’s.

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

I’ve been trying to read more classic novels and Go Tell It On the Mountain has been on that list for years. It’s about a 14-year old boy working to discover who he is in Harlem, 1935. I am anxious to read this book, as it really is out of character for me. I am sure it will not disappoint, and I hope it adds some perspective to my life.

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

A historical fiction piece about the tiniest of heroines. Many of us know the story of Tom Thumb, but what about his wife? Melanie Benjamin uses her skilled imagination to show us the world from the perspective of two feet tall. Right on the heels of the new movie “The Greatest Showman,” I am genuinely excited to see how this story reads. It has been on my Goodreads list for a long time.

The Dream Lover: A Novel of George Sand by Elizabeth Berg

This book caught my eye when I read The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. George Sand was a famous female novelist who had many lovers. She spent her time in Paris during the period when all the prominent writers and artists flocked there for creative pursuits and unbridled passion. This novel follows her scandalous behavior and most prolific moments.

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

This book has a mermaid on the front. That is a core reason I added it to my list. It is a young adult fantasy novel of mermaids and elves. What’s not to love? We’ll see if it holds up.

The Weird Sisters (2018 Reading List)

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown

My sister is one of my closest friends, so I love reading sister stories. This book follows three sisters who return home to care for their dying mother. There’s more to their prodigal return though. Each carries a secret and a burden, and their time spent at home reveals more than they expected. The story seems like it could have a happy ending and I love happy endings.

The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking Want to Read by Oliver Burkeman

People have always called me a pessimist. I consider myself a realist. See where I’m going here? This book could be the life-changing magic I’ve been looking for. Goodreads says this book turns decades of self-help advice on its head.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

I don’t know how I found this book, but I am genuinely terrified to read it. This book should not be read electronically or with audio. House of Leaves is an experience that must be read in its tangible book form. Something is very wrong in this house that a young family moves into. This creepy, twisted book may actually give me nightmares, and I am mentally preparing myself for that.

Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

In an attempt to read more non-fiction and better my reading comprehension, I added this book on the recommendation of a friend. Diamond is an excellent non-fiction writer, recounting the history of all people’s throughout time. This book shines light on how humans have moved through centuries of change. I am sure an in-depth review will be necessary, as it is a very large book.

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” I have tried to read this book so many times I have lost count. This is the year I will read the whole thing, no matter how dry and slow it may be.

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon

A book about illusions and the plague – it seems like the perfect amount of mystery and fantasy to peak my fancy. We shall see how it goes!

Friends Like Us by Lauren Fox

This sounds like a cute chick lit read about best friends. I’ve already started reading it, and now I’m beginning to think it’s a knock-off of Something Borrowed. If that be the case, I probably won’t enjoy it, but we will see.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


First, it’s Neil Gaiman. I have only read American Gods, but I have heard so many praises about this man’s work. I chose The Ocean at the End of the Lane because the cover is beautiful. How else do you choose which book to read next from a fantastic author who has multiple works?

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

Because I was raised in middle America where the white trash of America thrive and find success (I can say this because some would define my own family as white trash), I found this non-fiction piece intriguing. In an effort to continue pushing myself to read things I normally wouldn’t, I added this book to my 2018 list. This follows the lower classes and the social injustices they have endured throughout history.

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

Set in Alaska, a Colonel is charged to brave its wilderness and find the gold everyone is intent on finding. With just a few men and his newly pregnant wife, they endure intense hardships along the way. It is said to have some magical elements weaved throughout and has positive reviews. I think it’s going to be a beautiful and possibly tragic read.

Kraken by China Mieville

In what seems like a birth story of the Kraken, this novel takes place in a London we do not recognize, where a different kind of magic runs deep and a battle is brewing. I thought the book cover was lovely, and I think the fantasy side of it will be interesting.

The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble

I am very excited to read this tale of three orphan children brought together as siblings and bound by unique circumstances. Each arrived to their “Auntie” by different means. Specifically, one sister arrived in a seashell, and at the age of 16, is now growing scales. Together, they must get her to the sea or she will die.

Nothing is ever as easy as it seems though, and their journey is full of dangerous surprises. What will they learn about each other as they try to save their sister?

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

One woman, the widow of a Nazi resistor, returns to her grand castle after WWII. She is determined to keep the vow she made to her husband of protecting the other wives of his fellow resistors. Through shared pain and grief, the characters come together to heal from the devastation World War II wrought on the world and their lives.

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

A small town in England lives through the perfect summer. Follow their stories before the perfect summer is about to end in war and broken nations. A touching story about pre-WWI England, this historical fiction piece is sure to be a heartfelt read.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater


All the Crooked Saints is set in Colorado and circles the Soria family. Each of them has the ability to perform miracles, but are also trying to escape their own abilities. Published in October 2017, I have wanted to read this since it popped up on my Goodreads recommendations.

Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler

I don’t talk about relationships, sex, or childbirth on this blog much because it doesn’t seem relevant to my readers. However, I recently embarked on a journey of learning more about my body and what makes it tick. For those that do not know, I am not a huge fan of hormonal birth control. I believe it can work for some people, but it was not good for me.

With that disclaimer out of the way, this book is one I have wanted to read since deciding to pursue alternative birth control options and learn about the female body’s inner workings. I first heard about it on Blair Blogs as she discussed her own experience with hormonal birth control.

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

This is a story about six art students who meet during the summer of Nixon’s resignation. The plot finds them in adulthood. Will they all find success as artists? Can their bond be broken by greed, love, and a changing world? I always love stories like this (see Women Like Us), so I hope it is as fun to read as others of its kind.

A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright

This book could be terrifying because it is based on fact.

“Wright illustrates how various cultures throughout history have literally manufactured their own end by producing an overabundance of innovation and stripping bare the very elements that allowed them to initially advance.”

Based on what we know about climate change and other environmental factors, this book sounds truth-bearing and scary. I pride myself in not living as ignorant in bliss, so I’m sure I will enjoy this read, even if it gives me night terrors.

Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired by Till Roenneberg

Roenneberg explores our biological clocks in this non-fiction book about time. I am an early bird. My roommate is a night owl. It is fascinating that I can wake up at 5 a.m., feeling chirpy and lighthearted, while his favorite time is after the sun goes down. Why are we like this? I look forward to reading Roenneberg’s explanations of our internal timepieces and how we can better use them to our advantage.

Books from 2016 & 2017 to Read

I’m proud to say that I actually finished a couple of books from my 2016 reading list (Beneath the Surface The Gemini Effect), but there are several that I didn’t get to. I am prioritizing those over my 2018 list because I want to knock them out and it seems like the list never gets shorter. This year, I’m determined to finish all of them (even if it means sacrificing my 2018 reads)!

  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Knitting Under the Influence by Claire LaZebnik
  • Night of the Animals by Bill Broun
  • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
  • The Typewriter Girl by Alison Atlee
  • The Instructions by Adam Levin

Have you ever read any of the above books? I’d love to hear if you enjoyed them! If you do decide to read any of these, please let me know so we can discuss them! Let’s be friends on Goodreads, too!

Books I Read | October 2017

Books I read in October 2017 | Rose Colored Water #readingchallenge

It has been several months since I posted about the books I have read this year. I blame summertime, my divorce, and college coursework. Therefore, I am recapping everything I have read/listened to since June 2017. Unfortunately, very little of what I have read is related to my 2017 reading list.

Still, I’ve read more books this year than I have in years past, and I feel very excited about that. I hope to catch up on several of the tangible books I have in December when everything calms down. As for now, everything is audiobook. I probably don’t need to remind you how much I love my library and Hoopla! It really has opened my world to so many other book options.

Books I read in October 2017 | Rose Colored Water #readingchallenge

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

I had no idea this was a memoir when I put it on my list and wish I had looked into more before adding it to my reading list. It was dreadful. I hated it and skimmed through most of it, all the while thinking how ridiculous the author sounded. I guess it wasn’t her fault. She grew up in an unloving home and then realized she was gay. Everything seemed difficult for her, and though I tried to relate, I just couldn’t get behind it. I think it’s because I had completely different expectations for the book and they were greatly disappointed.

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking

I saw this at Target, and then found it on Hoopla in the e-book version, so I checked it out. It is such a cute book in real life. It has delightful cartoonish pictures and is separated into easy bite-sized chunks. I have heard so much about Hygge on Pinterest and the internet, but I could never really find a good explanation.

If you are like me and have been wondering what the heck Hygge is, this is a great introduction book. The author literally studies happiness for a living in Denmark where Hygge originated. He knows his stuff. While I may not completely jump on the Hygge decor train right now, I would like to slowly switch out my possessions to create a more Hygge environment in my apartment. As for lifestyle, I am Hygge to the core, and have been living as such for years.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
by Mark Manson

Despite the name, this book is not as rough as it tries to be. We are told to care about every aspect of life. Every time something comes up, we are expected to give our whole being to it, even if we don’t care about it. Mark Manson says it is time to stop. Stop giving an F*** about things you don’t care about and focus on the things you do.

For some, this could be life-changing. For me, I felt as though I had met a long-lost friend. I have lived this way for some time, and it is satisfying. If you’re a people pleaser and can’t say no – Manson’s ideas will free you. If you already know how to not give a F*** and would like validation, you might also enjoy this read.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Have you ever seen the original Anne of Green Gables television mini-series? It is one of my favorite series, yet I had never read the actual books. When I found the whole series (and more) on audiobook on Hoopla, I decided to start listening, and then I was on a roll!

Anne Shirley is a little orphan sent to a brother and sister who never thought they needed or wanted her. Anne is a fiery, red-headed girl with a knack for getting into trouble, but she soon wins the hearts of everyone in Avonlea. Set in Prince Edward Island, Anne of Green Gables will make you dream about the little Canadian island.

Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery

The second book of the Anne of Green Gables series, Anne has grown into a young woman and is headed to Queens to learn how to teach. There is plenty of trouble for Anne to get into, and she does, but not without taking a special place in everyone’s hearts.

Anne of the Island by L.M. Montgomery

Anne Shirley heads to college, off the island, and continues to mature into a smart, young woman. One thing I love about these books is how Montgomery makes Anne grow slowly and maturely, just a young girl would. It has been easy to see her growth from the first book, and everything feels natural. This particular book is where much of reader’s wishes come true. I won’t spoil it if you’ve never read the series, but it’s definitely one of the best books in the series!

Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery

Anne has graduated from college with a B.A., and in a series of letters, with a few narrative passages, Anne recounts her time as a principal at Summerside School in Windy Poplars. Anne’s beautiful spirit is tested when she finds that a prominent family never wanted her to have the position and will do anything to make her quit. Per the usual, she impacts everyone she meets and leaves Windy Poplars a much lovelier place than it was before.

Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery

It is amazing how much Anne has grown throughout the series. In Anne’s little house of dreams, she is married and living with her husband outside a town called Four Winds. She meets several interesting people, and Montgomery touches on some very sensitive topics. I would say this is one of my favorite Anne books because I finally feel like I can relate to this fiery red-headed girl.

If you begin tiring of the Anne books, I do recommend you try to make it to this one. It really is a breath of fresh air.

I can already tell that November will be a month of little reading. I am so busy with no time to listen to audiobooks, let alone sit down and read actual text. Have you read any of the books above? I would love to hear your thoughts!