In 2018, I read 105 books, and in 2019 I wanted to follow that up with another 100 book challenge. But now we are in June of 2019, I had only read 34 books, which is way behind my target. So in June, I set myself a challenge to get my tracker up to 50 books, which would mean reading 15 books.
1) Bands of Mourning by Branden Sanderson:
When I started the Mistborn Series last year, I was expecting an adventure story, and a fantasy setting, all of which was there. But I fell in love with the characters, who are vivid, three dimensional and really grow on you. So starting the second part of the Mistborn saga, I was ready to fall in love this time, and I did. In the third instalment, the character of Steris really shone, someone who I had considered a side character in the other two, because she seemed boring, was treated with compassion and grace, she’s an organisation freak, she’s socially awkward, and I love her. The writing was beautiful, the plot was tight, and the magic system has adapted to a steampunk-like setting beautifully. I can’t wait for the next book to come out.
2) Melbourne International Comedy Festival- An Audible Original
I don’t know if this counts as a book, but I’m going to because it was an audiobook. It showcased lots of comics who played the Melbourne Comedy Festival this year, and I was surprised at the diversity and the different styles of comedy. I really enjoyed it, but I recommend you don’t listen to it at work, because I snort laughed at my desk and it was really embarrassing.
3) Mastering your Inner Critic and 7 other high hurdles to Advancement: How the Best Woman Leaders Practice Self Awareness to Change What Really Matters By Susan Brady
I received this book free as part of a professional development session at my job, and so I expected it to be fairly ‘productivity’ focused. I was right, this book is very much in the ‘Lean In’ vein of self development books, and while I find them interesting to a point, especially the real life examples and the leadership focus. I think if you enjoyed ‘Girlboss’ and ‘Lean In’ you would like this book.
4) The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrond
This is a re-read for me, because I wanted some inspiration to start getting out of bed early, even though its beginning to get chilly where I live. I really like this book as an inspiration boost, I like how enthusiastic Elrond is about the Miracle Morning, and it gives me great ideas about what to next. I would classify this book as a gateway into more personal development books.
5) Why does he do that? Inside the minds of Angry and Controlling Men by Lundy Bancroft
I have researched a lot about domestic violence (I’m real fun at parties guys) and one thing that really bothered me was the focus was always on what women should do to protect themselves, not on what men can do to stop violence. Bancroft, who has run an abusers program for decades, writes a powerful, first hand and every accessible analysis of what goes on in the minds of angry and controlling men, and gives the men (and women) actual, measurable steps to move forward. It was refreshing to read a book that focused on the actions of the angry man, and give a concise and powerful answer of why he does that. The book really focused on the fact that the victim is never to blame, and gave them actionable steps to protect themselves. I thought it was one of the best books on the subject I have ever read.
6) Atomic Habits by Mark Meadows
I am really interested in habits, and Mark Meadows approaches habits, both breaking bad ones and establishing new ones in an interesting and actionable way. I was constantly writing down new tips and ways I can put his words into practice. It’s a great book for anyone looking to develop new habits.
7) The Book of Bitch by Ailie Banks:
Written by the astonishingly talented Ailie Banks, the Book of Bitch explores the term ‘bitch’ which is usually hurled with malice and misogyny. It’s a beautiful exploration of all the wonderful ways women are rebelling against ingrained power structures and a celebration of femininity in its wildest and most diverse forms.
8) Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalo
This book dragged me out of my reading slump! I loved the vibrant characters, the historical setting and the over dramatic story lines. These were feel-good fun books and I can’t wait to read the next one!
What have you been reading lately?