With the new year here, one of my goals is to read more regularly. I’ve always been a fast reader and there’s nothing I love more than finding a good book and finishing it in one day (preferably on the beach). For some reason though, this kind of deterred me from starting books unless I knew I had a whole chunk of time to read it. With baby on the way, I know my schedule is going to change a lot and having a whole day to read a book is highly unlikely 😉 . So instead of my current reading schedule of binge reading a book and then not picking up another one for two more weeks when I have a free day, I’m trying to program myself to read more consistently, around 20 minutes a day. I’d love to know more about your reading style too and how you fit it in to your days- so leave me any tips in the comments below!
Okay enough about my reading schedule (is that even a thing or did I make it up?), here’s what I’ve been reading, watching and listening to recently:
What I’m Reading:
Everything I Never Told You: This book was beautifully written describing the inner workings of a family after the seemingly favorite daughter goes missing. It was heartbreaking in some places, but I loved reading it and seeing the perspective of each and every one of the family members. It is one of those books that reminds you that things aren’t always what they seem and that you never know what someone is struggling with or dealing with.
Into The Water: Seems like every time I post my reading list, I have to share a thriller. Into The Water is the newest book from the author of The Girl on The Train. After a middle-aged single mother drowns in a river near her home, her estranged sister comes to town to meet her niece for the first time. As a reader, you soon find out that many other women have met their fate in that same river, including a teenage girl a few months prior and women suspected to be witches several years ago. There were a lot of twists and turns in this book and it kept me guessing up until the final few pages. While I did like The Girl on The Train better, I still think this one is worth a read if you are into the thriller type.
Saints For All Occasions: My best friend Lauren and I both love this author, J.Courtney Sullivan so I was excited to dive into her new book when she lent it to me. Two sisters living in Ireland leave their small town to come to the U.S. , and you guessed it, settle in Boston. The younger of the two sisters gets pregnant (not giving too much away this is shared in the book description on Amazon too 😉 ) and the rest of the novel tells about how the family copes with this. The family dynamics are super complicated in this book as well, but if you have siblings I think you’ll appreciate it even more. Of course, I loved that it was set in the Boston area too.
The Light We Lost: If you can only read one book from this post, pick this one! Oh my gosh, I still have all the feelings from this book. The Light We Lost follows a young couple through thirteen years, told from the perspective of Lucy, the female lead. After the two meet on September 11th while in college in New York City, their fates seem intertwined and the novel follows years of love for each other- regardless of where they are. This book will give you all the feels- so be sure to have some tissues ready.
What I’m Watching:
Around this time of year with awards season coming up and the Golden Globes around the corner, I try to see at least a few nominated flicks. I’ve seen two so far and would recommend them both!
All The Money In The World: I literally knew nothing about this story, so found the movie really interesting. The movie tells the story of J.Paul Getty’s grandson who is kidnapped and held for ransom in the 1970s in Italy. It follows along as the boy’s mother, played by Michelle Williams, tries to rescue her son and the negotiations she has with J.Paul Getty, the richest man in the world and her father-in-law.
Lady Bird: After getting a perfect score with Rotten Tomatoes and tons of Globes nominations, I really wanted to see this movie. It is a coming of age story of Lady Bird, a high school senior living in Sacramento, California. The movie follows Lady Bird and her friendships, romances and her sometimes strained relationship with her mother as she prepares for college and the next chapter. If you went to high school in the early 2000s or went to a Catholic high school, you’ll probably over relate to some of this movie like I did (anyone else remember leaving room for the holy spirit at school dances? 🙂 ). I absolutely loved Lady Bird!
What I’m Listening To:
Crimetown: I’ve been slacking on the podcast front recently with all the holiday music, but my most recently listened to podcast is still Crimetown which I mentioned last time. Crimetown follows the organized crime scene in Providence telling different stories of how it influenced the city, from robberies and crimes to their mayor and political system.
What have you been reading, watching and listening to this past month?
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