I get a big kick out of this weekly habit—it’s a way to shine a spotlight on all the terrific books that I’ve read.
As I write about in my book Better Than Before, for most of my life, my habit was to finish any book that I started. Finally, I realized that this approach meant that I spent time reading books that bored me, and I had less time for books that I truly enjoy. These days, I put down a book if I don’t feel like finishing it, so I have more time to do my favorite kinds of reading.
This habit means that if you see a book included in the #GretchenRubinReads photo, you know that I liked it well enough to read to the last page.
When I read books related to an area I’m researching for a writing project, I carefully read and take notes on the parts that interest me, and skim the parts that don’t. So I may list a book that I’ve partly read and partly skimmed. For me, that still “counts.”
You can also follow me on Goodreads where I track books I’ve read.
If you want to see what I read last month, the full list is here.
And join us for this year's new challenge: Read for 21 minutes every day in 2021!
A surprising number of people, I've found, want to read more. But for various reasons, they struggle to get that reading done. #Read21in21 is meant to help form and strengthen the habit of reading.
May 2021 Reading:
Super Senses: The Science of Your 32 Senses and How to Use Them by Emma Young (Amazon) -- I love everything about the five senses, so of course I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book; it covers many of the senses that I don't write about it in my book, but nevertheless find very interesting.
Dark Harbor: Building House and Home on an Enchanted Island by Ved Mehta (Amazon) -- About home, family, place, sight, sound, and much more.
Why Startups Fail: A New Roadmap for Entrepreneurial Success by Tom Eisenmann (Amazon, Bookshop) -- Fascinating and written with such clarity that it was easy for a non-business-type person like me to understand.
Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner (Amazon, Bookshop) -- New York Times Bestseller; named a Best Book of April 2021 by many publications. Profound memoir about the relationship between a mother and a daughter, identity and place, coming into a vocation, food and memory, and much more.
The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries (Amazon, Bookshop) -- I've been meaning to read this book for years. Practical, informative, a great read.
Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World by Leah Hager Cohen (Amazon, Bookshop) -- A very interesting memoir of a woman who spent much of her childhood growing up in New York's famous Lexington School for the Deaf.
Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill (Amazon, Bookshop) -- Shortlisted for the Folio Prize, the Pen Faulkner Award and the International Dublin Award. One of the New York Times' best books of 2014. In the book Meander, Spiral, Explode, I learned the word "crot," and this novel is written in crots. I love crots!
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (Amazon, Bookshop) -- John Newbery Medal; Coretta Scott King Award for Authors. A book about three sisters, their difficult mother, and the eventful summer they spent together.
Something of Myself and Other Autobiographical Writings by Rudyard Kipling (Amazon, Bookshop) -- I can't remember where I heard a discussion of this memoir—was it on a podcast?—but I was intrigued, so hunted it down to read.
El Deafo by Cece Bell (Amazon, Bookshop) -- 2015 Newbery Honor; 2015 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids. A graphic novel about growing up, grappling with hearing aids, dealing with friends and a crush.
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