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.
This year's challenge is now finished: 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 was meant to help form and strengthen the habit of reading.
For 2022, we have a different challenge: #Rest22in22. But keep reading!
December 2021 Reading:
The Anomaly: A Novel by Hervé le Tellier (Amazon, Bookshop)—I whipped through this novel. I loved it, and I especially loved the very satisfying ending (this kind of novel often has a disappointing ending).
Sentient by Jackie Higgins (Amazon)—A fascinating look at the sensory powers of other creatures.
Catholics: A Novel by Brian Moore (Amazon)—A fascinating novel about the nature of faith, institutional religion, and character. It's a novel from the 1970s that's set in the future, right about now, so that's interesting, too.
Of Walking in Ice: Munich-Paris, 23 November–14 December 1974 by Werner Herzog (Amazon, Bookshop)—A very strange, interesting memoir. I looked online if any other readers were surprised by Herzog's habit of breaking into other people's houses every night during his travels. Apparently not.
The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found by Frank Bruni (Amazon)—A powerful memoir of the experience of partially losing the sense of sight.
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