2017 was not a stellar reading year for me. I think I found myself really busy and with my spare time I was rather enjoying listening to podcasts while on the go instead of sitting down with a book.
I have been really trying to be mindful of my reading time and making notes of books that I have read and what I liked about each of them – or for that matter what I did not particularly like. I discovered that just because I start a book does not mean I have to finish it. There were a few books this year that I began and was having a hard time finishing for different reasons. One evening I was at my “book club” with some friends and a friend said, “You don’t HAVE to finish the book!” I know that may seem like very simple thing but I am a person of commitment and I don’t like to give up – well this year I gave myself permission to give up on a few books.
I will say that overall this year I really found some good books. Books that are not what I would consider my usual picks, but ones that surprised me.
Some notable ones:
The Language of Flowers – This is a book that I am telling everyone they need to read! This is not a new books but definitely one that I feel just about everyone will enjoy. The caption from Amazon… “The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.”
A Piece of the World – another great book that I found myself a little sad to end. I read the Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline and loved it thoroughly and so I picked up this book and she did it again. I have definitely decided that she is an author to keep on eye on.
If You Only Knew – this was a book that I got an advanced copy of, and the actual book does not release until the end of January but I loved everything about this book. Here is the post I did about pre-ordering her book – so go do that!