30 Before 30 – Read 10 Books Each Year

So I think I went a little easy on myself with this one. It’s hard though, because some years I’m so busy a book a month seems impossible, and last year I was breezing through, sometimes at the rate of a book a week. I didn’t post about each book I read, which was a mistake I’ll rectify this year, but last year I read the following books:

  1. Harry Potter 4-7 (rereads)
  2. Half of a Yellow Sun
  3. Americanah
  4. NW
  5. Me Before You
  6. The Lowland
  7. This is Where I Leave You
  8. The Interestings
  9. An Unnecessary Woman
  10. The Goldfinch
  11. All the Light We Cannot See
  12. The House of the Spirits
  13. The Alchemist
  14. Jonathan Livingston Seagull
  15. Tales of a Female Nomad
  16. The House of Memories
  17. Love in the Time of Cholera
  18. Deception Point

And I just completed The Pilgrimage, by Paulo Coelho.


Gareth gave it to me for my birthday (along with a rad Julian Edelman hat) because it’s about The Camino de Santiago, which I really want to do. (It’s on my bucket list, obvs.) Also because The Alchemist was one of the first books he gave me, and we both really like Coelho.

I really enjoyed reading it, and a chapter a night before bed was perfect for me. That said, it’s a WEIRD book. It’s supposed to be a true account of his experience of finding the sword in a secret spiritual society, what seem to be modern day Templar Knights. But on occasion something would happen that seemed so impossible I found it hard to remember it’s supposed to be a true story. There’s a lot of communing with spirits and fighting demons.

Once you decide to just go with it, it becomes a beautifully written and an interesting perspective on the camino, and a chapter a night was perfect for me. There were also meditations in there that I tried and helped me fall asleep at night without watching TV, which is a BIG deal.

“Have pity on those who are fearful of taking up a pen, or a paintbrush, or an instrument, or a tool because they are afraid that someone has already done so better than they could…”

“We always know which is the best road to follow, but we follow only the road that we have become accustomed to.”

So that’s book one of ten down for 2016! I just started The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, by Bruce Perry and Maia Szalavitz.  Not exactly light reading, but I love psychology and am so interested in how people, especially children, recover from trauma. Have you guys heard of Beth Thomas from Child of Rage? She’s healthy now, and such an interesting (and completely heartbreaking) case.

*Also if you’re interested in the Camino, you should watch The Way by Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen. It’s really good and filmed on location (and on American Netflix).


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