3.5 tricks that are helping me read more this year

Last night, I finished my seventh book of the year. That’s not super impressive; that amounts to about one book per week on average. Many of you are lightning-fast readers and have done circles around me.

But, I still like that I’ve read seven books so far, because honestly? I didn’t read nearly as much as I wanted last year, and that discouraged me. I knew I wanted to read better, more, deeper this year.

What’s the difference between this year and last? It’s still early to tell, but here’s a few reasons I think I’m reading better so far.

1. I don’t look at my phone at night.

Now, hear me out—I do still look at my phone at night. But when I do, I rarely read. And that’s when I notice the difference. When I put down my phone for the evening, long before bed, I read hours more in my book. Plain and simple.

There’s something strangely rabbit-holey about nighttime social media scrolling; more than the rest of the day, I find. Maybe it’s the quiet of the house and my responsibilities have been tucked into bed for the night, but this is the time of day when I can get lost in another world.

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Would I rather choose the world of a book, rich in plot and character and ideas? Or lost in bits and bytes of 140 characters and drive-by commentary? I know my choice, but sometimes when my body’s on autopilot, I don’t make the choice I know I want.

• Related: the Freedom app is saving my life right now

(Eventually, I’d like to store my phone over in the kitchen at a charging station Kyle’s building in our fixer-upper. But this is a 1935 cottage, and there are approximately three outlets that work in the entire house right now—one of them happens to be by my side of the bed.)

2. I bring my book with me everywhere.

If I don’t bring a book with me, my default time-killer is scrolling my phone—waiting in the grocery line, waiting for my kid to get out of art class, and the like. But if I have my book, I have no excuse.

3. I’m reading one book at a time.

This is big for me, and I don’t know if I’ll stick with it long-term, but it’s interesting. Normally, I’m wading through five books at a time, based on the mood that strikes in the moment.

So far this year, I’ve made a point to dive in to only one book at a time, as a sort of experiment to see if I can read books faster. I think it’s working.

I see benefits to both styles of reading, but it’s been a refreshing change to dive deep in one story, or one idea, and finish it before moving on to something else.

There’s also the motivation to finish a book because I want to start the next book on my list.

3.5 Sub-point to this last one:

A few months ago, I bemoaned on Twitter the delightful problem when too many books I’m waiting on at the library all become available at the same time. Since I mostly check out books on my Kindle, this means they’re auto-added to my checkouts.

You’d think this would mean, Yay, more books! But instead, I freeze from overwhelm, and hardly finish a book at all, because I’d feel pressured to read all these books in three weeks’ time (especially if I knew they had a long hold list).

book stacks

This was when someone wisely shared her hack: after you add the books to your Kindle, set your device on airplane mode, and they won’t auto-return.

Genius.

This is such an obvious thing, but it’s made a difference in my reading. Now, when I have three library books on my Kindle, I simply dive into one, then open the next one when I finish. No panic mode.

What I’ve read; what’s next on my list

Here are the books I’ve read this year:

Favorites from this list are Everyone Brave, The Road Back, Chasing Slow, and Wonder.

And here’s what’s next for me:

…If you’ve read any of these books, which one would you recommend I read next?

P.S. – My publisher is hosting a giveaway of my next book on GoodReads soon, so if you want in on that, connect with me there. I’m not super chatty, but I am trying to keep up with books better there this year, in addition to my paper bookshelf.

p.p.s. – We now have a Facebook group! Come join the conversation.

63 Comments

  1. Dana

    I have only read Hillbilly Elegy from your list of upcoming books, but I would highly recommend it. I read it with a book club here in Africa (where I live) and it generated a lot of great discussion!

  2. Thora

    That is great that you have found ways to increase your reading. I have always been a one book at a time girl, and I have sometimes wished that I could be like those people who manage to read and finish multiple books at the same time, so it is nice to realize that there are advantages to both ways.

    For myself, I have long been a cyclical reader – in January I read thirteen books – so far in February I have read none. I used to feel really badly about this – that somehow if I managed to learn how to read a lot continuously that my reading life could be improved. I am finally (in my mid thirties) realizing that this is how I like to read – that I like to immerse myself in books for a few weeks, and then I will not even think of picking up a book for a few more after that. So now instead of having monthly goals for reading (I used to plan four books a month to read – one classic, one contemporary, one non fiction, and one fantasy/light – I planned this way for two years, and I accomplished this basically no months in those two years) I am looking at the larger picture. I do want to increase my reading at large, because there are so many good books out there, and I default to easy or fantasy reads ( love fantasy – I don’t feel bad for reading it, but instead for always picking the easier fantasies rather than more difficult other books) instead of pushing myself to read books that I know I want to read, but never make the brain space for. So I made a yearly goal for reading, and to myself I want to still find a balance between the genres I like, but I have been less concerned about trying to find a slow and steady method to accomplish it.

  3. Dawn

    Whoa! I have literally (literarily?) spent the last 2.5 weeks stress reading all of the e-books that suddenly became available from my library at the same time — a couple of which I had on hold for over a year. I had no idea about the airplane mode hack! You have changed my life today. 🙂

  4. Leigh Kramer

    Hidden Figures is SO GOOD. Definitely read it next. I finished Hillbilly Elegy over the weekend and didn’t love it as much as everyone else but found it worth reading.

    • Natalie

      Leigh,

      I felt the same way about Hillbilly Ellegy but I wonder if it is because I am from Ohio and have a lot of the same back story as J.D., so I don’t feel like I was being let in on a world unknown to me. Do you have rural roots?

      Natalie 🙂

  5. Heidi

    “A Man Called Ove” is fast, poignant and hysterically funny — it has my vote for next read. I’ve read 11 books so far this year and am partially through 6 others (recovering English major who can’t read just one book at a time), but I go through fits and starts — 5 of the 11 were in one week, with none read the week prior. Loved “Wonder” and “Everyone…” is on my TBR pile but this week I’m looking to finish the first “Poldark” novel and the utterly delightful “Howard’s End Is On the Landing.” For now, I’ll head to my studio, turn off the internet, and finish listening to Emma Thompson read “The Turn of the Screw.” Happy reading!

    • Aimee Kollmansberger

      I love “A Man Called Ove” so so much and the movie too. Funny and poignant, sweet and subtle.

      • Laura

        Loved this book but had the bad timing of finishing it on public transportation! Going to see the movie next week, hope it does justice to the book. If you liked “Ove” I recommend “My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and apologises” by the same author.

  6. patti

    Hillbilly Elegy is a fast read and quite interesting.

    • Karen

      Last year I read 60 books. (My goal was 30 but as I closed in on that about mid-June, I knew an adjustment needed to be made.) Normally it’s 25-30 books. (The true outlier was 2009 when I joined a Ravelry.com group called: 52 books in 52 weeks and I read 104 that year. Doubling goals happens…)
      I have finished both Hillbilly Elegy and Hidden Figures. I enjoyed both of them. I somehow managed to sign up for the audio of Hillbilly Elegy and I may have enjoyed the book more hearing the author read his own work. (A happy accident) I found it very interesting. Although I’m from the West Coast and live in Arizona, we did live for 4 years in central Illinois in a village while my husband attended seminary. We knew we were “outsiders” who were never quite “one of us”, no matter how much we tried. The book helped me understand some of the problems – and the author presents many aspects (self perceived problems, problems of their own making, problems from being removed from their support system, problems they tried to escape by moving but brought with them, etc.). I didn’t come into it to “understand why people voted for Trump”, but to gain some insight into some of the issues for those who live in the Rust Belt confront in their lives.
      Hidden Figures was great and the book contains a lot more of the story than the movie (and I loved the movie as well as the book). The book goes back to the start of NASA back in WW2. There are also chapters that are “heavy” in science (which I’m good at skimming when it got to be too much). I liked that the author kept the deep sciency stuff mostly to a chapter, then focused on the story.
      They were both great reads – but for different reasons.

  7. Martha G

    Hi Tsh. I just recently discovered your podcast and love it as well as your blog. I too am reading more. No where near most but I’m on my 8th book this year. Normally I only read about 15 books. I just recently joined Book of the Month because I thought it would be fun. I thin rainy afternoons have helped me find time to read and like you spending less time on my phone definitely helps.
    My vote is a Man Called Ove. It’s on my list and hope to read it soon.
    I have a question how do you link your kindle to your library? Would love to know how to do that. Thanks!

  8. ginny

    I just finished the audio book of the Underground Railway and thought it was amazing. The narrator was fantastic. It was well written and you can see history from the character’s perspective and boy was it heart-wrenching and enlightening. I am about to read A man called Ove.

  9. Margie

    I enjoyed Hillbilly Elegy- definitely food for thought.
    After a recommendation I am currently listening to A Man Called Ove, I find myself sneaking my headphones in at every chance. My goal this year is to try to “read” more by audio books. That’s how I’m trying to fit more books in and of course the old put the phone and iPad away works wonders. Good luck.

  10. Courtney

    One thing to think about — libraries usually only have so many “copies” of a kindle book — if it doesn’t auto-return, does the next person on the hold list still get to check it out?

    • Lisa

      The lovely thing is you don’t have to feel guilty about this at ALL! The library’s copy does go back into their system on the auto-return date (I’ve checked several times when I’ve done this); you just also get to keep a “copy” until you go back off airplane mode.

      • Tsh Oxenreider

        Thank you for assuaging my concern, Lisa! This is what I thought happened as well, but it’s good to hear from someone else that this is true.

          • Lori

            This was much-discussed in the Kindle forums on Amazon. I’ve come to be comfortable with it (with the possible problem that for some people, they might go out and BUY the book instead of having to return it – so on some level the author is being cheated). For me, I download it to an older Kindle and just disable the wi-fi (I guess that’s the same thing). That way I can keep using the wi-fi on my Kindle Fire for other tasks. I’ve also learned you can extend your loan time (mine was on 2 weeks; I extended to 3 weeks); and you can freeze your place on the holds list.

    • Cathy

      I have been using the turn off the kindle hack for awhile- and I checked to see if the “books” become available at the library, and they do. Your “return” of the book isn’t what makes it available, unless you manually return it early.

  11. Laurie

    It’s so funny–almost every item on your post is something I’ve done recently this year to read more. I find that consciously not scrolling through social media at bedtime not only helps me read more (and sometimes, more difficult) books, but it also helps my sleep, because I’m not all ratcheted up after reading political articles! Reading one book at a time is something that I’ve started, but it’s paradoxically caused me to read less books this year, rather than more. I’ve been reading Thomas Friedman’s latest, Thank You For Being Late. It’s so good, but long, dense, and difficult to get through. I just finished it last night and I’m so glad I perservered! You may want to consider putting it on your list–such a thorough analysis of the major changes in our societies, workplaces, and world, including this zinger–social media is really good at breaking things apart (ie, it was instrumental in the Arab Spring revolts) but not so good at building things up (building consensus for new governments).

  12. Lisa D

    Please read Hillbilly Rlegy, you will just love it. ?

  13. Yasmine @MommyCriesToo

    Hey Tsh,

    Perfect timing with this post. I just started reading your book, Notes From a Blue Bike, and wanted to pay my compliments. It’s really speaking to me. My eyes are also now open when it comes to food purchases. I never considered what I might be supporting with certain brands.

    I have also vowed to read more books this year. Your book is #7. Sure, it would be nice to be able to read 7 books in one week, but I love to savor the words and pause for thought. Nobody is timing me anyway. 😉

  14. Lindsay

    As a librarian, hearing your hack 3.5 about using airplane mode is disappointing. Our hold limits are in place to ensure all patrons have a fair chance to getting exposed to our electronic holdings. By using this trick you’re taking advantage of the system and hurting those further down the holds list than you. I would strongly suggest you reconsider this approach and instead stagger your holds to ensure they come in a manageable cadence, as best as you can plan for. The library is a public resource and unfairly gaming the system doesn’t seem like something that aligns with the values of this blog.

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Hi Lindsay, and thanks for your response. I love libraries (and librarians!), so it’s absolutely not my intent to do anything shady here (nor do I think that’s the case with the woman who recommended this idea to me). From my understanding, the library is able to have the book returned to their supply with no problem; it simply means there’s a “shadow”-like copy that stays on the reader’s Kindle. It’s not connected digitally (and therefore, the reader couldn’t do things like highlight, add notes, look up words, etc.), but the print of the words is still there, electronically. Is this not the case? If so, please let me know. I absolutely would want to be above reproach here….

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Oh, and I’ll also add that I would love it if my local library had a way to place holds on books at a particular date in the future (maybe that’s wishful thinking? but it seems like the tech exists now). I’m able to create wish lists, but when I see that a book has, say, 3 holds already (and so I’d be 4), and another book that has 46 (and so I’d be 47), I often place holds at the same time, thinking surely they’d become available at different times. But it doesn’t seem to end up that way most of the time… It’s really amazing to me how often my holds become available all at the same time, no matter how long the lines are. 🙂 So, I just can’t predict exactly when a book becomes available to me.

      • Joanna

        Our library allows you to start your hold on a future date. And also to place all holds in vacation mode. So definitely possible.

    • KC

      Yes, the legality/ethics of hanging on to a book longer than you’re supposed to was a question for me as well. (but one hates being a killjoy!)

      I’d love it if, when a book’s hold comes around to me, I could punt; send it to the next person in the line but stay in that spot on the list rather than having to entirely start over. I’ve immediately returned ebooks before when my hold “turn” has come up and I know I’m unlikely to get a chance to read them before the due date, but then you have to go all the way to the back of the line, so it’s tempting to hold onto the book for the full checkout period just in case I do get a chance to read it – but that’s keeping it out of other peoples’ hands. Anyway. I’m especially grateful for libraries having ebooks at all (it’s glorious!) and for there being such a good selection – but the scheduling and technology could maybe do with a few improvements.

      • Tsh Oxenreider

        Yes, this would be ideal, wouldn’t it?

        And not sure if you saw, but Lisa’s comment, above, seconded that it shouldn’t mess up the library’s system. So that’s good.

        • KC

          Library systems vary to some degree, so it might not work that way for all libraries, but odds seem good that the way Kindles interact with one library system is the way they work in general? So that’s good news! (but that’s also where the second ethical question comes in: by retaining a shadow copy, is one resulting in the use of more copies than the library is licensed to use/loan at once, which would to some [limited!] degree parallel the ethics of file-sharing not-free materials?)

  15. Karen

    I wasn’t crazy about Hillbilly Elegy..though others were.

    I LOVED (as did my husband) and A Man Called Ove. I read it. My husband listened to the audio.

  16. Julie

    I loved the Underground Railroad. The writing was so good and it got really swept along with the story. I was a bit disappointed with Hillbilly Eligy maybe because it got too much hype but I am very glad I read it. Loving Jayber Crow right now-a Modern Mrs. Darcy recommendation. I am very tempted by the freedom app. I am trying to be unplugged without it but willpower is sometimes an issue. The phone in the kitchen def works for me when I stick to it. I loved Deep Work and I think you would too.

  17. Jessica @ The Mom Creative

    Hi lovely! I’m reading America’s First Daughter for my May book club. We should chat about it when we both finish. I also have The Underground Railroad on my shelf to read. You will really love Ove and it won’t take you long. xoxo

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Great idea! Always enjoy chatting books with you. XO

  18. Lisa

    Just wanted to add a book recommended to me when I was asking for thoughts on Hillbilly Elegy – Joe Bageant’s Rainbow Pie. I haven’t read either one, yet! But the second was recommended by a dear friend and former colleague from the work I used to do with an incredibly human rights and family support organization, whose US teams include one in very far western Virginia. Might be worth looking up!

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Good to know, Lisa – thanks!

  19. Kate

    I just finished Hillbilly Elegy an hour ago. It was a great book – easy read, but provided some very interesting insights to a world I only somewhat know. Highly recommend it.

  20. Carla

    You can also “suspend hold” on your ebooks so they won’t check out to you for a week (or two or three) but you keep your spot in line. And then you can remove the suspension if your reading load gets more manageable.

    Another thing that is helping me focus lately is the Bookout app. It times how fast you’re reading and estimates how long it will take to finish the book. With the timer going, I’m less likely to allow myself to get distracted. And I’m less likely to be discouraged that I didn’t get many pages read because I can see that I have in fact been putting some time into it.

    And Ove is so so good. Read My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry as well. It’s even better.

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Ooh, good tips! Thanks, Carla.

  21. Ashley

    By putting your Kindle in airplane mode, aren’t you basically just keeping the book from anyone else who wants to read it? Libraries only legally have so many digital copies, and you holding onto it like that means it’s not returned. Seems like you’re just holding it without incurring a fine, which hurts the library in how many copies they have available to the public. There’s a reason you can’t renew ebooks from a library.

    • Tsh Oxenreider

      Check out the comments above; we’ve been talking about that. Here’s my take on it (and here’s another reader’s comment), but it sounds like maybe individual libraries work differently? I think the takeaway is to check with your local library to see how that works.

      Thanks, Ashley!

  22. Marjorie Sarah

    Tsh, what a great post, thank you! I literally JUST finished Chasing Slow and loved it. Me and two girlfriends started a book club (inspired from your podcast) and we selected Chasing Slow as our first book. We meet Wednesday, I’m more than excited to discuss it.

    I wanted to tell you that you’ve been a HUGE inspiration to me. Thanks for the guidance and, well, for being you, and inspiring me to do the same in the process. Oh, and all the personality type talk, I can’t get enough of that!

    Keep writing and podcasting awesome stuff. From one mom, homebody, book lover to another…

    Be well,
    Marjorie Sarah : )

  23. Erin

    I recently finished America’s First Daughter and found it to be absolutely FASCINATING – this is probably because I’ve been semi-obsessed w the Hamilton soundtrack lately, so that time in history from the Hamilton point of view had been spinning around in my brain for quite some time. It was awesome to read about Jefferson and his family, and the fact that the book was largely based what was written in letters by Jefferson, his daughter, and other people in the book made it a fairly accurate (albeit embellished) piece of historical fiction. I’m looking forward to Hillbilly Elegy as well.

  24. Nancy Taylor

    So many good books on your list. I highly recommend A Man Called Ove if you want a fast, humorous read. If you are interested in an inspirational book, my entire Book Club highly recommends Hidden Figures.

  25. Cahleen

    I think I’m the only one in the world who abandoned Ove. I read America’s First Daughter around the same time I was constantly listening to Hamilton, and it really added to the experience! 🙂

  26. Ashley R

    Being a hillbilly, I loved Hillbilly Elegy for many reasons. I think pretty much everyone in America should read it right now because it tells the story of a whole class of people whose story is not being told. And Vance tells the story without glossing over the hard parts while still showing his love and respect for where he came from.

  27. Bethany Turner

    I just finished Hidden Figures. It is so, so, so, so good. Worth all the hype. I have also read The Underground Railroad, A Man Called Ove, and Hillbilly Elegy. All of them were good reads, and I would recommend them. My personal favorite of those three is A Man Called Ove.

  28. Alysa

    I love this, Tsh! I did something similar last year, and I love diving into a book instead of my phone at night. It has actually helped me scroll less overall which has helped my anxiety a ton. Last year my goal was to read 50 books. This year I cut it down to 30 because I wanted to get back into cross stitching/embroidery. This is something I haven’t done in a few years, and honestly the way it makes me slow down, and the fact that I can’t get it done quickly, help center me in a way that nothing else can. Like you, I am carrying it around with me. Tuesdays have actually become my favorite day of the week because my daughter has ballet and jazz for 2 hours. So I get to sit and do two straight hours of stitching! It’s total heaven to me right now.

  29. Kara

    Great tips – and I just purchased Freedom. I haven’t been reading books much for the last year and I think it’s my time on social media and news sites…and maybe a little Minecraft. 🙂 Here’s hoping I get some reading done!

  30. Daikuro @ SimplicityBlogger.com

    Bringing a book with you works. Instead of looking for something to do with your smartphone when you’re bored, you end up reading the book and learning something new in the process.

  31. Faith

    Optimally, I usually have 4 books going on at a time: 1) a morning meditative/inspirational read while sipping coffee before others get up, 2) a day read (this is the one I take with me while waiting for kids during lessons, etc) 3) an audio book that I listen to when I am alone in the car and 4) my book at night- which is usually of a lighter fare.

    Before my kids got so old (youngest are now 15 and 18) I also always had a couple of read alouds going as well. This year though my rate has been slowed because I am participating in a 15 week long study of Augustine’s City of God (which is deep, slow going and over 1000 pages long). But that’s ok. I’m not in a race. I do agree that less internet time opens up a whole lot more time for reading! For me that is the single greatest factor in creating more reading time.

  32. June

    Number 1 is SO hard for me! I have the Kindle app on my phone, but I often find myself longing for a physical book instead because there is something so automatic about going to instagram or facebook once you open your phone. I probably need to start using our actual Kindle far more often to break the cycle of wasting time on social media.

  33. Rachel

    I love how different personalities read differently. I’m ENTJ / choleric and I used to read one at a time only, but if the book wasn’t super awesome or it needed digesting (non-fiction) then I’d end up taking forever and be annoyed that I couldn’t move on because my Finisher Starter-ness wouldn’t let me stop.

    Since joining Anne’s list I realized I can *stop* a book I don’t love and this year I’m reading a few at a time. I don’t love it, but if I keep one fiction, one nonfiction, one spiritual, one business, one parenting, one personal, etc. it’s helping me stop being a perfectionist and pick up whatever strikes me 🙂

  34. Annette

    I have also read Hillbilly Elegy and it is fascinating! Since it’s the only one I can speak to, start there 😉

  35. Pam

    I really liked Hillbilly Elegy and A Man Called Ove. I’m an avid reader and seems like I get several of my holds at once but I get the physical ones so really have to race thru.

  36. Kelly

    I just downloaded Freedom. It is exactly what I need. “There’s something strangely rabbit-holey about nighttime social media scrolling” is no more! Thanks for recommending it.

  37. Nicki

    Hey there, Tsh! I LOVED America’s First Daughter, especially after listening to Hamilton so much! And right after you recommended The Road Back to You, I ordered the book and devoured the podcasts. I really hadn’t known much about the Enneagram (I’m INFP in M-B speak), but my Type 8 husband has me pegged for Type 4. I want to read the whole book before taking any tests…the whole thing is super fascinating — thanks!

  38. Steph

    I also hate getting all my library holds at once, it’s a bummer. But I think if you have your Kindle on airplane mode so that the books don’t get returned, then the next people on the list have to wait longer–the library only has so many licenses and if you are holding on to one, it’s making everyone else wait longer.

  39. Mary

    I just finished A Man Called Ove on audiobook and it was fantastic!! George Newbern reads it perfectly and it is such a great story.

  40. Donna

    Love this post, Tsh! I’m happy you’ve discovered a way to read more!
    I picked up A Man Called Ove last year, but for some reason I couldn’t get into it. I am not sure why. I might give it another try at some point.
    Last year I shared a list of the 100 books I wanted to read by the end of the year on the blog. I found putting the list together and crossing the books off as I went along helped keep me organized and motivated.
    I managed to read 82 books last year.
    I decided to share a list again this year, but it’s been slow going so far compared to last year. You know, life!:)
    I read 6 books in January and 2 in February.
    Currently reading Columbine by Dave Cullen and I’m reading it slowly. It’s a really difficult read, but very eye-opening. Highly recommend it!
    I am also reading The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittall. I started it over the weekend and I’ve only got a few chapters to go. I really enjoyed it.

    Books I’ve read and loved so far this year:
    You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris (I can’t stop talking about this memoir! Keep tissues handy!)
    Fig by Sarah Elizabeth Schantz (This is YA which I don’t read much of, but I need to start! It’s a painfully accurate portrait of life with mental illness and a mother-daughter relationship.)
    Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi
    Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf

    Thanks so much for sharing!

  41. Colleen

    I wonder how you budget /afford all the books you read? I’ve gone through your list above and was able to get quite a few from my library. There is also my KindleUnlimited account, but I would still need to purchase 4 of the books. If you are reading 60+ in a year and with 40% needing to be purchased, that is still a significant chunk of my entertainment budget. Also, how do you decide which ones to keep as a physical version, especially since we are all decluttering these days. Thank you! I love your blog and podcast.

  42. Megan Willome

    Tsh, I started the one-book-at-a-time thing several years ago, and it increased my reading as well. I do have a couple of exceptions, which I listed in my roundup of May reads at Tweetspeak Poetry today, but in general, it’s a guideline that works for me.

    I haven’t read “Hidden Figures,” but I did hear the author interviewed on the “Science Friday” podcast. She’s great!

  43. Alyssa

    I had a similar goal for this year – except I decided I wanted to read 52 books in 2017. I wanted to be intentional about reading more and different books than my normal picks, while also forcing myself to have better time management because a book a week is hard to do if you waste time on social media. One of my favorites for this year was ‘Just Mercy’ by Bryan Stevenson. Deeply moving. Though provoking. All the things that a good book should be.

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