I’m always on the hunt for a good book to read. When I was a kid, I would go through so many books in a month, it was almost unreal. I was at the library every Wednesday returning books and taking out books to tide me over until the next Wednesday. I remember specifically it was Wednesdays because, surprise, I was a part of a book club.
In today’s post, I share with you a few of the books I’ve read this year and one all-time favorite that I always mention, along with a mini synopsis of each.
From top to bottom:
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
I read Quiet because, for a solid year, I tried to force myself to be more outgoing and “in the mix”. I had always imagined myself having a group of friends to hang out with, respective of the mood or occasion, but the reality was I only had (and still have) a handful of gal-pals to call on. I always thought I was the odd one out because I categorized myself as introverted.
Quiet argues that Western culture expects everyone to be talkative, excited, and outgoing all the time, which places a stigma on those who aren’t described as such. Just because someone isn’t extroverted doesn’t mean they cannot be all the previous mentioned adjectives, it just means they go about it differently. This book was really helpful in not only confirming that I am in fact an introvert, but helping understand that I can’t actually force myself to be an extroverted person. I’m uniquely me. Check it out on Amazon and read more about the Quiet Revolution here.
The Shack, by William P. Young
This book I did not read this year. I actually read it a few years ago, but it is still one of my favorite reads. While I wouldn’t call myself a super religious person, I do have my beliefs. (And to be respectful, I won’t go into detail.) The Shack is a test of faith. With so much happening in and around our lives, we may often doubt or question whether or not there is a higher power. I’ve read and recommended this book to friends over and over and honestly, I should get around to reading it again. It is an all-around good story. Take a leap of faith and purchase it. See what I did there? Haha.
The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now, by Meg Jay, Ph.D
Okay, so, I’m a twenty something and everyone says it’s the best time of your life and I cannot/could not see how. I have been confused and unsure of almost everything so far in my twenties so I looked for help the best way I knew how — through a book. I am an active reader, so I don’t pick up a book without a pencil in hand just in case I run into something I want to remember for later. Let’s just say this entire book is pretty much underlined. Dr. Jay really touched on points that were relevant to me especially as I was on the cusp of graduating undergrad (it took longer than expected) and I was having a proper freakout.
Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and misinformation, much of which has trivialized what is actually the most defining decade of adulthood.
Truth all around. Definitely give this book a shot. Check it out here.
The Confidence Code, Katty Kay and Clair Shipman
Going along with the “trying to get my life in order” theme, I wanted to give The Confidence Code a shot. I took the confidence quiz on the website and the results said I had none. I figured, why not get some, right? Honestly, this book was my least favorite, but I would still recommend it. I did get some good key point from it so I wouldn’t completely skip past it. Check it out here if you’re curious.
Not shown in the picture are two books that I listened to on Audible.
The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins
This book is a thriller and I could not stop listening. I’m sure many of you have heard about it, but if not, it’s about a girl who commutes by train every day. One day she notices something that will change her future days for good. I can’t say too much without spoiling it, but definitely check it out. Here’s a more in-depth description. While you’re at it, you should buy yourself a copy.
Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK! It’s full of sass, intellect, awareness, love, culture… Everything good is in this book. The main character, Ifemelu, comes to America from Africa and has to adjust to a culture that made such a big deal about what it meant to be black. But it is much more than that. Americana is a love story, life story, eye-opener, and a pick me up all in one. The story of the main character even gave me that push I needed to start this blog. I would 100% recommend this book with zero reservations. You can find this great read on Amazon by following the link here.
Have you read any of the above titles? I’d love to hear your book recommendations as I have goals to read more in the new year. Let’s continue the conversation in the comments below.