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.
March 2022 Reading:
Nothing Personal by Richard Avedon (author, photographer), James Baldwin (contributor) (Amazon)—a collaboration of two great artists, with essays by Baldwin and photographs by Avedon. Beautiful.
The Worth of Water: Our Story of Chasing Solutions to the World’s Greatest Challenge by Gary White and Matt Damon (Amazon, Bookshop)—We interviewed Matt Damon (!) and Gary White on the Happier podcast. A very readable book about a very important subject.
Re-educated: How I Changed My Job, My Home, My Husband and My Hair by Lucy Kellaway (Amazon)—a fascinating account of how the author re-built her life, and what resulted.
The Philosopher’s Pupil by Iris Murdoch (Amazon)—I’m on a real Iris Murdoch kick. This novel is one of my favorites.
Magic & The Magician by Noel Streatfeild (Amazon)—Streatfeild is one of my favorite children’s-literature authors, and this is her short account of E. Nesbit’s childhood—another one of my favorite children’s-literature authors.