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.
August 2021 Reading:
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, 1) by Becky Chambers (Amazon, Bookshop) — Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Series. I love the work of Becky Chambers! Unlike most science fiction, the mood of her work is friendly and cheerful, as well as fascinating.
First Person Singular: Writers on Their Craft by Joyce Carol Oates (Amazon, Bookshop) — An interesting collection of essays.
The Unseen by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (Amazon) — I love Snyder’s work and realized that somehow I’d skipped this novel.
But What I Really Want to Do Is Direct: Lessons from a Life Behind the Camera by Ken Kwapis (Amazon, Bookshop) — As a huge fan of the TV show The Office, I wanted to learn more about Kwapis’s process. I love all books about creativity, in whatever medium.
Open House: Of Family, Friends, Food, Piano Lessons, and the Search for a Room of My Own by Patricia J. Williams (Amazon, Bookshop) — A fascinating memoir that covers many memories, people, and subjects.
Music, Lyrics, and Life: A Field Guide for the Advancing Songwriter by Mike Evvico (Amazon, Bookshop) — As noted, I love reading about the creative process in any medium, so I was very interested in this examination of songwriting