I haven’t been a bookworm all my life, but I think I can say I’ve slowly developed into one, especially after I finished my studies. I remember being in school and thinking I cannot wait to be able to read whatever I want to, not what I have to. We had some mandatory books in school and I wasn’t very happy with it… Well, it seems I lived up to my own expectation, because I am definitely reading more now than in school. And reading is such a great part of my life and a great joy, so it’s only fair I write about it here as well. I ordered a few new books when I was back home for Christmas and I also finished some books, created a new Reading challenge for 2018 on Goodreads… so let’s take it step by step.
First of all, I read both on my beloved Kindle (it’s actually my favourite way of reading and “carrying” a book with me, or should I call it a library?) and physical books. I like to mix things and I don’t believe in the supremacy of one single medium of reading. I think there is still enough public for both of them and no one should think one of them will eventually win. I have a Kindle Paperwhite and I am taking it with me almost everywhere. I keep track of all the books I read on my Kindle devices (I had the first one with a keyboard and the second one too).
I have a Goodreads account, in which I keep track of all my read books – ebooks or physical ones. I am also doing a yearly reading challenge, which I try to keep up with. 2017 wasn’t my best year in terms of reading, but I hope I can turn things around in 2018.
I still buy physical books. It’s usually books I am drawn to, but I have a weakness for buying books that have a beautiful format: cover, images, content. So I can be a bit shallow when it comes to this… I buy them either in Romanian or in English. I prefer English ones, as it’s my main reading language. So here’s a few I bought recently:
- Pocket Birds of Britan & Europe – I love birds and watching them and feeding them, so I got this pocket guide to research and find out more about them.
- Domnisoara Muriel in floarea varstei / The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark – This one I’m not sure about, but I need to give it some more time.
- Mica Enciclopedie Lykke / The Little Book of Lykke: The Danish Search for the World’s Happiest People – this is one of the books that has a beautiful format. But it’s not just that, I am quite interested in the subject as well, after reading the Hygge one.
- Cu totii suntem facuti din molecule/ We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen – another one I’m quite curious about, haven’ started it yet.
- Anul Gandirii Magice/ The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion – I read this one; it’s a good one, it deals with grief and how it shows and feels. It gets a bit emotional (as it should), but I think it’s a powerful book with a strong message.
- Povesti de seara pentru fete rebele / Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women – another beautiful book with a strong message. I love this one! It’s a light read to keep on your bedside table and read prior to bed time, when you’re a bit tired. It promotes successful women and I think we need more books like this one.
My 2018 reading challenge and what I’m currently reading:
This month I read 2 ebooks and I’m currently on my third one. I usually read at night, prior to bedtime and during weekends. If I’m travelling or in public transportation for long enough, I’m also squeezing in a few pages. Here’s the link to my Reading Challenge, in case you want to check it from time to time or if you want to become friends on Goodreads.
Turtles All the Way Down, by John Green – I was very curious to see what the turtles suggest, so I started the year with this one. I don’t regret it! It touches some very sensitive subjects, but in an elegant manner. I enjoyed the characters and “lived” with them. I rated it 4 stars.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, by Mark Manson – I thinks it’s fair to say this seems like a funny book with funny quotes at first. Or maybe that’s what it made me believe judging by the name. Well, it does have a funny language, but the situations and lessons in it are quite serious and deep. It’s not a book about how you shouldn’t care at all about anything and live like a stone, but rather why and how to choose your battles in your life. I rated it 4 stars.
- [currently reading]: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, by Fredrik Backman – I’ve heard so many mixed reviews on this one! But as most people speaking about it, I’ve also read A man called Ove and loved it, so I had to give this one a shot as well! And again, I don’t regret it! I’m quite enjoying it, I’ve read maybe half of it. I can see again the theme of death which encompassed Ove as well, but now in a different format due to a much younger main character. It’s witty, funny and I cannot wait to see how it ends!
How do you prefer your books? Ebooks or physical ones? Do you have any specific reading habits? Any recommendations you would like to share? Leave your comments down below.