January 10, 2019

What I Read in December 2018

In 2018, I had my lightest reading year since I started tracking my books in Goodreads in 2010. But it was a busy year, with my promotion, election campaign, and numerous personal endeavors! I read 3.5 books in December to close out the year with 64 books read. That’s still more than one a week, so not too bad even if it’s not my usual 100.

However, I am redoubling my efforts for 2019, and am committing to read (a book, not my email or blogs) for at least a few minutes every night before I go to sleep. I’d like to aim for 100 books again, but we’ll see how that goes as the year progresses. I’m already a little behind in that, being only 1.5 books in, but I’ll see how it goes. No beating myself up if I don’t make it again, as long as I’m being consistent about my reading!

I only read three books in December, but really enjoyed Our Towns for non-fiction and The Garden of Small Beginnings for fiction.

4 stars:

Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America, by Deborah Fallows and James M. Fallows: This took me forever to get through, but it had so many fascinating insights about what makes small (and big) towns special and successful. I am excited to take many of the ideas I uncovered and see how I can make them work in my own town.

The Garden of Small Beginnings, by Abbi Waxman: I loved this sweet romance! It reminded me a little bit of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books in how it was sweet but realistic – and she’s one of my favorite authors, so that’s a huge compliment. Nothing groundbreaking but it was still really enjoyable, and I liked the gardening tips that opened each chapter.

3 stars:

A Spark of Light, by Jodi Picoult: Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors of all time, so I found this book to be a big disappointment. While her books are usually thought-provoking and make me consider an issue from multiple perspectives, this felt rather one-sided to me with mostly lip service paid to the pro-life viewpoint. But where this book was really a miss for me was the reverse chronology – since I already knew what was going to happen, I was less interested in all the backstory and was just wishing we could get back to what was going to happen next in the present-day cliffhanger. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed to find that we didn’t come back to the unfolding story until the last ten pages, which meant I was waiting a long time and the author didn’t have nearly enough time to wrap each character’s storyline up. Big disappointment for me from the usually unfailing Jodi Picoult.

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2 thoughts on “What I Read in December 2018”

  1. I was also disappointed with Picoult’s latest. I usually love her, but this one wasn’t as good… and I saw the “big surprises” coming a mile away. Too bad

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