I'm going to be cutting it close with my GoodReads reading challenge goal for this year. I just didn't spend as much time reading as I thought I would. Then again, I also had a few Harry Potter books in there, and those can be kind of time consuming. I also published a book and worked on two subsequent books. And started a new relationship. And worked three jobs for most of the year. So I think I get a little leeway on my reading goal failure.
Here were a few of my favorites from the past year:
by Brit BennettThis book had almost no happy moments. There were no warm feelings. But it was an incredible story that made me think about some things I might not have otherwise pondered. I can't wait to hear Jana and Steph discuss this on the Armchair Librarians podcast.
The Girl Before
by Rena OlsenYes, Rena is my friend and also my favorite writing date partner. But this book is seriously very good. I thought about this story for weeks after I finished it. I just had so many questions and feelings and thoughts. Months later, I still don't know how exactly I feel about the main characters -- Do I like them? Do I hate them? Do I feel sorry for them? Do I blame them?
These Hidden Things
by Heather GudenkaufThis book takes the lives of four seemingly separate women and eventually shows you how they weave together. Honestly, I figured some of it out pretty easily, but there were still a few revelations that caught me off guard. Ultimately, it made me think a lot about the choices we make and the impact they can have in the long-term.
You Are a Badass
by Jen SinceroIt took me most of the year to dig through this one. Not because it was a bad read but because I really wanted and needed to absorb it. There were some really good points and reminders about how to approach your life if you're unhappy about it. I will probably go back to it periodically when I hit a rough spot.