12 books in 3 months
At the beginning of the year, I decided I was going to read 52 books (that’s a book a week).
3 months ago, I shared this post all about the 26 books I read in the first six months of the year, and now it’s time for me to come in with a third quarter update.
I’m now 38 books into my 52 book goal!
(That’s one book behind schedule, oops!)
Let me tell you about the last books I read, and update my “top books of the year” list for ya!
A little recap of my reading method
I gave a little more in depth look at my reading preferences and method in my previous post, but here’s a quick rundown.
I read ebooks. Typically, I rent them via Overdrive through my library. If they aren’t available there, I buy them on Kobo.
I generally am reading 2-3 books at time. Often 1 fiction and 2 non-fiction in different topics. I never know what mood I’ll be in, you know?
What the scores mean:
I mean, the scores are kinda arbitrary but here they are. And this quarter, I didn’t score anything below a 4!
2/5 - It wasn't for me but you might like it depending on your interests. I didn't score anything less than this.
3/5 - It was fine but, like, there are definitely better books out there.
4/5 - It was great and I recommend it, but there are some books I'd recommend before this!
5/5 - Highly recommend. Don't skip this. It probably made me cry or changed how I think about something important. Or just really entertained me. Read it. (Unless you're just not interested in the topic, I guess.)
The 12 Books I Read in Q3
1. I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness - Austin Channing Brown
Non-Fiction | Memoir
A must-read for my fellow white people. Austin does an amazing job of bringing the reader into her world as a black woman, racism, white fragility, and more. Why do I think it’s required reading? Because all white people need to become more aware of their white privilege and their conscious and unconscious biases they have for People of Colour.
2. Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead
Fiction | Historical and Slavery
Maybe you’ve been noticing a trend in my reading, but I’ve intentionally been “broadening my horizons” with the books I’ve been reading. Specifically in the category of race issues, and I’m not done yet. This was a great fictional story about a young slave’s escape from a plantation and search for freedom. Every story like this breaks my heart because although it’s fiction, it could have been the true story of any of the slaves from the American South.
3. Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life - Richard Rohr
Non-Fiction | Spirituality
Oh gosh, what a book. Richard Rohr is an amazing spiritual genius and I can’t wait to read more of his books. He discusses our need for failing and falling in order to grow. That falling sucks but it can be a huge gain. He explains the “second half of life” (and no, not life after 40) which you could consider life after “awakening”. I’ll need to read this one again. Here’s a quote from the book:
“God seems to have created things that continue to create and recreate themselves from the inside out. It is no longer God’s one-time creative or evolution; rather, God’s form of creation precisely is evolution. Finally God is allowed to be fully incarnate, which was supposed to be Christianity’s big trump card from the beginning.”
4. A Year of Biblical Womanhood - Rachel Held Evans
Non-Fiction | Bible
Rachel put herself through and experiment and recorded it in this book: what it looked like to live a year as a “Biblical” woman. She didn’t cut her hair, she called her husband “master and obeyed him, she dressed very modestly, she stayed silent in church, and she camped out in her front yard when she had her period. It’s a great exploration of what God really expects from women, but also misogyny and violence against women. (Like, hey, what about biblical manhood amirite?)
5. All My Puny Sorrows - Miriam Toews
A heart wrenching and beautifully told story about family, depression, life, and suicide. Will absolutely be reading more Miriam Toews - plus she’s Manitoban!
6. Braving the Wilderness - Brene Brown
Non-Fiction | Self-Help
The first book I read of hers, Daring Greatly, is probably her best. It has left the biggest impact on me, and the other’s I’ve read of hers have fallen short or feel like they’re saying the exact same thing. I think this is an unpopular opinion but I’m okay with that.
7. The Lonely Hearts Hotel - Heather O’Neill
This might be my favourite fiction novel of all time. It’s hard to describe the book but here’s a taste: it’s a story of two orphans who grew up in the same orphanage and are separated as teens in the Great Depression - who eventually find one another again and create the most extraordinary circus the world has ever seen. It’s a magical tale - but be warned there’s darkness in these pages with drug addiction, child abuse, and rape. I wept at the end of this book.
8. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
Fiction | Historical and Slavery
The story of Celie, a young black girl brown into poverty and segregation in the deep American South between the wars.
9. Dark Matter - Blake Crouch
Fiction | Science
Also up there as one of my favourite fiction novels ever. The mulitiverse meets a beautiful love story meets the question of the nature of identity. I couldn’t put this one down. Obsessed.
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People - Banaji and Mahzarin
Non-Fiction | Science and Psychology
Simply a fascinating read about biases, where they come from, and how they affect the way we live and interact with people. They discuss attitudes about age, race, gender, religion, social class, etc, and how we can spot our own “blind spots” in the way we view people.
Behold the Dreamers - Imbolo Mbue
Loved this story of a family’s struggle to immigrate to America from Cameroon, and what it looks like for them to struggle to find work, gain citizenship, and stay in the country they love.
The Child Finder - Rene Denfeld
A young girl, Madison, goes missing in the forests of Oregon, and Naomi (known as the Child Finder) goes looking for her. Throughout the book you see into Madison’s life after she goes missing, and Naomi working to find her. Couldn’t put this one down and can’t wait for book 2.
My Fave Books of 2018 (So Far)
Falling Upward by Richard Rohr
What is the Bible by Rob Bell
Love Wins by Rob Bell
Inspired by Rachel Held Evans
When Things Fall Apart - Pema Chodron
The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Wonder by RJ Palacio
Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld
Non-Fiction (Memoir + People)
The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen by Lisa Gungor
Boy Erased by Garrard Conley
I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
Non-Fiction (Self-Help + Education)
Sacred Enneagram by Chris Heuertz
Personality Types by Don Richard Riso
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Banaji and Mahzarin
Have any book recommendations for me? I’d love to hear them!