Tuesday, January 2, 2018

What I'm Reading January 2018

Happy new year!
Last year one of my new year resolutions was to read more. I made a list of seventeen books I wanted to read during 2017 and while I didn't end up reading all of the books listed, I ended up reading most of them. My 2017 book count (excluding books I needed to read for school) was 16/17.  I'm going to be doing another post on 18 books I'd like to read in 2018 that'll be going up soon, so make sure you're following this blog on Bloglovin so you don't miss it! 

Last Month's Books:

The 4-Hour Workweek - Tim Ferriss
This is a book that I've wanted to read for a long time. I've heard that it's life-changing and that it is a "must read." I liked it, but I don't think that it's fully applicable for me in my life right now. If you're considering entrepreneurship or work a 9-5 and are looking for more freedom, this would be an amazing book for you to read. There are a lot of actionable tips in this book (like automation and time management), but I think that if I wasn't a student, I could take more away from it. Highly recommend reading this book, it just might be a better read once you're fully "adulting" and working. 

The 4-Hour Body - Tim Ferriss
I've been on a bit of a Tim Ferriss kick if you couldn't tell. This book is incredible. If you've ever struggled with health, weight, or fitness, this book is a total game changer. It once again has a lot of actionable tips and regimes that you can easily implement into your life. I didn't actually read this book (I had an audio-version), but I'm still including it in my book count for the year like I did for The Sell. 

2017 Recap:
If you're new to the blog and don't want to catch up on the previous What I'm Reading posts, I thought that I'd list a few of my favorite and least favorite reads of 2017. 

Starting with the best...

1) Breakfast at Tiffany's 
It's different than the movie both in plot and the character traits of Holly, but it is brilliant. It's a very, very short read, but a classic for good reason. It was by far my favorite book that I've read this year and is a book I can see myself reading in the future. 

2) The Sun Also Rises
This year was the second time reading this book, and I was reminded of how much I loved it the first time I read it. It's an easy book to read (as far as Hemingway goes), but is deep and feels especially relatable to me at this point in my life. This book also has one of my favorite ending lines (Gatsby is another book with a fantastic last line). 

3) The Beautiful and Damned
This was the first book I finished this year, and another one that I could see myself re-reading over and over again. It's by Fitzgerald, who is another one of my favorite authors. It's beautiful and tragic and although it is fiction, captures real feelings in a way that resonates authentically. 

...And now the worst...

1) How to Win Friends and Influence People
It felt redundant and after I finished the book I had an overwhelming feeling of "isn't this common sense?" I think my expectations for this book were too high, but I started it thinking I would get life-changing advice, but finished realizing that this book was nothing more than a reminder to do what I already know. 

2) Eat, Pray, Love
I HATED this book. It felt overdramatic and egocentric. I never once empathized with the main character because all her misfortunes and lamenting seemed so trivial. The "eat" section of the book is the only part that I actually enjoyed, but there is no way that I would ever read this book again. 

I'm still creating my reading list for the year, but once I get it figured out, I'll make another post sharing it! I really enjoyed pushing myself to read more because reading for fun has been a neglected hobby of mine these past few years. Hopefully I'll be better bout making time for reading and can finish even more books next year. Let me know in the comments what books you've read recently and if you have any recommendations!

Monday, December 4, 2017

What I'm Reading December 2017

It's the last month of 2017! How crazy is that? My goal this year was to read 17 books (here's the list of books that I wanted to complete), but as of the end of November, my book count is 14/17. Here's what I'm reading this month and mini reviews of the books I read in November. 

This Month's Books:

Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse 
I've read this book before and really liked it. It's very spiritual and deep, yet easy to read. I don't remember much of the plot, so it'll be nice to gain a refresher. 

The 4 Hour Workweek - Tim Ferriss
I adore Tim Ferriss and listen to his podcast and read a lot of articles that he writes, but I haven't taken the time to read his books. I thought I'd start with this one because it's what he's best known for, but I also want to read the 4 Hour Body and Tools of Titans because I've heard wonderful things about both books. 

Last Month's Books:

The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
This is the book that won Hemingway his Pulitzer and came highly recommended to me from many people. Until reading this book, I was only familiar with his early work during the '20s and '30s (such as The Sun Also Rises and Hills Like White Elephants). This book is on the shorter side, but is about a Cuban fishing village and an Old Man's attempt to catch a fish. It's full of motifs and examines the relationship between nature and humans and destiny, dignity, and demise. It is an easy read, but a beautiful one, and if you're into any of the Jazz Age authors, this would be a good book to read. 

Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
This book is way different from what I imagined. If you've ever seen the movie The Secret or heard about the law of attraction, this book is that concept applied to wealth. This is not a book with physical steps that you can take to achieve wealth, but is a book with mental steps that you can take to put yourself in a mindset to achieve wealth. It has a lot to do with visualization and goal setting, and I think that it's useful for people in all sorts of situations. It is a little pseudo-sciencey (although let me point out that the power of visualization is scientifically backed, especially in athletics) but worth a quick skim through nonetheless. I want to go back through the book and pick out the goal setting exercises and actually do them now, because the first time I was reading for content and not actively applying the principles to my life. 

Driven - Robert Herjavec
I've read this book before, and I really like it. It is a business/self help book that doesn't sound too formal. It's full of lists and do's and dont's and is such an easy book to read. It's definitely not my favorite book like this, I prefer Fredrik Eklund's "The Sell" much more, but it's not a bad read either. 

Let me know in the comments what books you've read lately and your thoughts on them! I really hope to get through three more books so I can make my 17 in 2017, but 14 non school related books during a year is probably a new best! Make sure you're following on Bloglovin to get updates when new posts go up!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Holiday 2017 Gift Guide: Books

It's mid-november, which means that it's time for gift guides to start! We're starting out my gift guide series with books. Books are such a timeless, beautiful gift because physical books are something most people don't like to spend money on. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

What I'm Reading Novermber 2017

I really need to get back into reading more. I am really far from my 17 books that I wanted to complete this year, so I'm giving it a final push these next two months. Here are the books I'm reading this month as well as the ones I read last month. 

This Month's Books: 

Big Sur - Jack Kerouac
I've been working on this book for a while, but it has been a difficult book for me to read. Kerouac's prose is rough and doesn't follow the normal syntax. I'd like to finish this book because it's somewhat a continuation of On the Road, which is a book that I really enjoy reading. 

The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
I haven't read this book yet, but I wanted to read another classic and this seemed like a good one to read. It's a shorter book, but I'm expecting it to be difficult with lots of symbolism and motifs. 

Last Month's Books: 

The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway
This book has and always will be one of my favorites. I am not the biggest Hemingway fan (I'm more of a Fitzgerald person, myself), but this book is a classic. It's about disillusionment, love, and relationships in such an honest and relevant way despite being written decades ago. 

If I have time, I'm going to try read more this month so I can get back on track to finish 17 books this year (my current count is 11/17), but at this point if I read 14 or 15 books this year I'll be happy. Let me know in the comments what you're reading this month and if you have any book recommendations! 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

What I'm Watching: Fall 2017

Hi guys!
It's fall, and new shows are back! I've been doing these What I'm Watching posts the past few seasons to share some of my favorite shows with you (and also to get recommendations on what to watch). There is a lot of really good tv out right now, and these are the shows I'm watching. 

I really like this show. It's a remake of the old Dynasty (same characters, just revamped a little), but it feels new and relevant. I'm only one episode into the season, so it's hard for me to say whether it's a must watch or not, but if you were into any of the old CW shows like 90210, Gossip Girl, or Melrose Place, this is going to be right up your alley. It's campy, it's dramatic, and the fashion is to die for. 

Wow I love Riverdale. I've binge watched the first season on Netflix so many times over the summer and I'm obsessed. For the uninitiated, it's the characters from Archie comics in a darker universe. It's so good and I would highly recommend watching the first season if you're at all interested in it. 

Modern Family/The Middle/Brooklyn Nine-Nine
These are shows that are currently airing. I don't watch any of them religiously anymore, but if I'm cleaning or cooking and want something on in the background, these are the shows that I'll watch. 

Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Another "background" show to keep on when I'm eating or have friends over. It's not something I'm super into, but I watch it enough that I felt it should be on this list. 

I've watched every episode of Scandal from the beginning. I haven't started the new season yet (I think it's two episodes in), but I'm definitely going to watch this season to see how they end the series. I haven't loved Scandal as much in the more recent years, but I've invested so much time that I really want to watch it until the end. 

To end this post, I thought I'd list a few shows that I may or may not end up watching this season. This includes shows that I'll watch only when I'm bored (Bob's Burgers, and Shark Tank) and shows that I'm really far behind on, but might try to catch up on (Lucifer, Designated Survivor, This is Us). 

Let me know in the comments what you're watching this season and if there are any new shows that I should start!