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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.
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!