2018 Reading Wrap Up

I love looking back at the year and seeing all the books I read. The problem is choosing my favorite books because when I start reading a book and I don’t like it, I stop reading it. I think that’s also why I don’t write book reviews as often as I like. I actually didn’t write any book reviews this year but I want to change that in 2019.

Even though I enjoyed reading the books I read this year, I did choose five, it was hard, but here are my top 5:

  1. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. In Order To Live by Yeonmi Park
  3. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*uck by Mark Manson
  5. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

Honorable mention: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. Lately, I haven’t been in a SciFi/Fantasy mood but I was able to get through this one. It was a great story and it reminded me of Six of Crows which I love. Probably the only problem I had with this book, and action books in general, are scenes where there are fighting. It’s hard to keep track of what’s going on and it was especially difficult for me with this book. But I’m actually thinking of re-reading this one in 2019 and maybe, maybe reading the next book in the series.

The following is for the stat nerds:

Books read: 36

The number of pages read: 8,565 pages

Oldest book read: Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin (1967).

Newest book read: The Bullet Journal by Ryder Carroll (2018)

Most read genre: Non-Fiction

Least read genre: Middle Grade

Least books read in a month: August & October, I didn’t read any books.

Most books read in a month: In January, I read 8 books.

Longest book read: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Shortest book read: We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My reading goals for 2019 is to read fewer books in order to appreciate each one and retain what I just read in order to write a book review. I want to read at least 25 books.

What are your reading goals for 2019?

The Bullet Journal Method – Book Review

the-bullet-journal-method.pngI love journaling. I’ve been doing it since at least 13 years old and I have kept the journals to prove it. When I went through those old journals, I realized that I’ve been bullet journaling alongside traditional journaling (like a diary) for almost 3 years. In 2019, it will be 4 years. I couldn’t believe it’s been that long.

The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll starts off with a history of how the Bullet Journal (BuJo) came to be, goes into how to use the BuJo and then why to use the BuJo. It goes into quite a bit of detail about bring meaning and intentionality into life. At times, it did feel like a stretch but I do agree that by reflecting or updating your journal daily helps bring you into the moment instead of just checking off your to-do list on autopilot. I agree that the BuJo is a tool that brings “a system into practice by helping us continually chipping away at what is unnecessary to reveal what is meaningful.”

Like most people, I thought it was just a way to organize your to-do list but after reading this book, I realized it could be so much more. I’m glad I read this book. It has inspired me to use it even more for my different goals.