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 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.
July 2021 Reading:
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf (Amazon, Bookshop) -- It's my Summer of Virginia Woolf. How I love the work of Virginia Woolf! I've read this novel at least nine times, and I love it more each time. What a lark, what a plunge.
Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers by Geoffrey A. Moore (Amazon, Bookshop) -- A classic; a fascinating business book about running start-ups that sell tech products.
Conversations with James Baldwin edited by Fred Standley and Darnell Pratt (Amazon, Bookshop) -- A compelling collection of interviews with James Baldwin; very interesting to see the development of his thinking over time.
Patterns in Nature by Philip Ball (Amazon, Bookshop) -- An absolutely gorgeous book. Can anything be more beautiful than the patterns of nature? This book explains why those patterns form, and even better, includes dozens of full-color photographs.
Highsmith: A Romance of the 1950's by Marijane Meaker (Amazon) -- A very interesting picture of a time and a relationship.
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