What I’ve Been Reading Lately
One of my goals this year is to scroll less and read more. It's definitely going to be tough given Tik Tok is a new obsession of mine and it is so incredibly entertaining. It is one of those apps where you can 150% get lost for long periods of time and I am guilty of this constantly. If Aaron doesn't hear anything from me for a while, he knows I'm watching with my AirPods in. No doubt about that.
The first week of this month I wanted to read a book that was geared towards self-improvement, so I picked up one of the most popular titles in this genre. Girl, Wash Your Face is one of the first books you’ll find if you search for a book that will help you get your life on track. With the new year and the new goals, it felt like a good option. The book is incredibly unique because I never felt like I was actually reading a book, but rather reading notes from a friend. Rachel Hollis has an incredible way of making you feel like you already know her so well without ever really meeting her at all. I felt as if I was hearing advice from one of my best friends, so it was easy to listen to what she had to say and even more doable to try to apply it to my life. There were a lot of chapters that did not pertain to me (mom-advice, mom-shaming, married life, etc) so I skipped through them and will read them again someday.
I have been dying to see Mister Rodger’s documentary with Tom Hank, but during the crazy holiday season, I didn’t have time to get to the theater. I picked up A Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood and it was a quick and easy read sharing all about the inspiring man who I admired on the TV screen. Mister Rodgers is all about living your absolute best and kindest life, making this another perfect book to kick the year off right. There's always been an intoxicatingly positive energy about Mr. Rogers, and especially us millennials know that however we can be more like him, we are up for it. This was uplifting and of course, inspiring. I'll be reading again.
I don’t really have a niche when it comes to books because I love pretty much all genres, but suspense is one of my favorites. I picked up The Woman in The Window from Target and couldn’t wait to get started. It’s lengthy in comparison to the other books I read earlier, but the suspense is the type that keeps you up at night, making the book nearly impossible to put down. I was so excited to find that “soon to be a major motion picture” sticker on the top right corner of the book, and I’m really looking forward to the movie. Even though I know how it ends, I’m planning to go in the broad daylight. There's something eerie about scary, suspenseful movies even though we all know what happens in 99% of them.
Another book I've been reading day by day is The Richest Man in Babylon, which is one that's been rewritten and added to over the years. Our parents and grandparents have read this book, but there are a lot of lessons in this one that help you save more money and understand how to spend long-term. Most of us don't understand the basics and the book continues to nail those concepts throughout the stories in the book. Basically until you cannot mistake the lessons and have them drilled in your mind.