what I’m reading: August 2015

One of my goals for this year is to read 12 books total.

I’m happy to report that I’m super optimistic about this one. So far this year I’ve read 6 books. You might be thinking: nice, Bobbi, but you know it’s August right. Shouldn’t you have read at least 7 by now to be on track? Well let me tell you something, my friends. I read 3/6 of those books in July.

Let me break in down a little. Books 1-3 were the final books in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

A Breath of Snow and Ashes

An Echo in the Bone

Written in my Own Heart’s Blood

// Diana Gabaldon

These are monster books of 1000+ pages. Yes, they are long, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading them. Let me tell you a (not so) secret: I started this massive series 7 years ago and have been working my way through them since (there are currently 8 books in th series). When I read the last words of the last published book, I actually felt like I’d lost something. That sounds corny and woo-woo, but it’s true. I realized I’d become so connected to the characters. The people. But oooh the ending. I’m so glad the series isn’t quite over and am excited for the next book to come out. The characters are rich and the storyline is amazing (but no pressure, Diana, you got this.) It just took me a few months to read ’em, that’s all.

They’ve begun translating the series into a TV show. This makes me feel warm inside. The first season is completed and I’ll happily continue watching when the new season comes out.

If you’re into books that have literally everything (action, romance, fantasy, history + whatever else you can think of) pick up Outlander. There’s something in it for everyone.

[Here’s another post I wrote inspired by an Outlander series book.]

Still Alice

// Lisa Genova

This book was a new experience for me, especially after reading Outlander for so long. It tells the story of a middle age woman (an accomplished Harvard Psychology professor) who gets diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. I especially liked that it was told from the point of view of the woman herself. This meant you were taken on a ride, brought inside the mind of someone losing everything. It was haunting, eye opening, and hit me right in the heart. Lisa Genova, the author, spent a lot of time researching for the book and talking to real people living with Alzheimer’s, so knowing it was a realistic depiction made it all the more intense.

I’d say it isn’t for everyone, but if you have someone with Alzheimer’s in your life, this book might change the way you perceive them.

#GIRLBOSS

// Sophia Amoruso

I’ll keep this one short. In the book, Sophia tells the story of how she started her hugely successful biz, Nasty Gal, and all the things she learned along the way. Here are some adjectives: interesting, motivating, funny, inspiring, useful.

My recent experiment involves reading business/life related nonfiction in the morning (to get my brain going), and fiction before bed (to calm it down). And this book was a great one for starting my day. I worked harder and I was happier doing it. Experiment = successful.

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook

// Gary Vaynerchuk

First things first, this was my first real, in person book from the library. The rest have been eBooks. Edmonton Public Library, you rock.

I devoured this book in 2 days. Granted, it’s a quick read, but it’s full of useful info about how one should be doing social media. Even though it was written 2 years ago, I believe much of the info is still relevant.

Bottom line: give before you take, and whatever you do, make the content native to the platform.

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Alright that’s it for now! I’m currently reading Essentialism by Greg McKeown (thanks to this review by the wonderful Elise) and drumroll…… Anna Karenina (yes, Tolstoy). Thought I needed a few more classics in my life, so I started with that one. Any of you read it? It’s going to take me a while, but I am determined.

Tolstoy has been reminding me to enjoy the journey (instead of rushing to the story ending), so I hope you’ve been doing wonderfully and that you find something beautiful about your day.