My reading life in January turned out to be better than I expected. My goal was to read five books but I exceeded it–all thanks to audiobooks!
I’m also having a hard time writing these mini reviews. Well to be honest I’ve been having a hard time writing reviews since 2017 when I came back from my blogging hiatus. I kinda lost my way writing them but I just have to remind myself that I have to keep writing so I can get better! I will also try to write notes on books as I read them or immediately after I finish them. Most of these books I forgot what I “really” thought of them (I need to take some memory vitamins or something lol).
Anyway here are my mini reviews of the books I read this January!
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson, Narrated by Roger Wayne
“This is the most simple and basic component of life: our struggles determine our successes.”
I tried finishing audiobooks before but failed every time I do. I think I’m still not used to listening to fiction books so I thought I would listen to non-fiction first because I figured it would be just like listening to a podcast episode.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck did not fail me and I’m grateful this was my first non-fiction for this year. It really is different from the other self-help books I’ve read and I think I may have developed a stronger attitude or personality after having read it.
I highly recommend it and I hope I can get a paperback copy in the future.
4.5 out of 5 stars
“Never pass up the chance to be kissing someone. It’s the worst kind of regret.”
Patrick Ness is one of my favorite authors and this book is just full of love and heartbreak at the same time.
I love Adam and Angela’s friendship. I need more books with cool platonic relationships like this one. This book deals with religion but it’s not the preachy type. I love how it said that we can choose our own families.
I just don’t understand the magical realism part. I think I need to reread this someday.
3.5 out of 5 stars
“It’s all right to love someone who doesn’t love you back, as long as they’re worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.”
This was a reread. Everything is beautiful and everything hurts. Jem will always be my #1 fictional boyfriend.
4.5 out of 5 stars
“Hearts are breakable,” Isabelle said. “And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before”.”
I was pretty sure I read all 1-5 books in TMI series but I feel like I jumped over this one and read City of Lost Souls first years ago. I forgot! Anyway, this book made me a mad Sizzy trash and I regret nothing. Though I started to hate Jace again but I’m trying very hard to understand his situation.
4 out of 5 stars
“What you focus on you create more of.”
I listened to this on audiobook and I felt like it said some of the things over and over. It still gave me the boost I need on managing my finances.
3 out of 5 stars
- You Need a Budget: The Proven System for Breaking the Paycheck to Paycheck Cycle, Getting Out of Debt, and Living the Life You Want by Jesse Mecham
“Accountability is dealing with the truth of every decision you make.”
I first found out about YNAB through Lavendaire’s podcast episode and since then I became curious to know more about it. I finally got to listen through my free Scribd subscription.
It didn’t fail me and the four rules are so realistic and doable for me. I used to struggle so much with budgeting but with the guidance of the four rules I feel like I can conquer my money problems.
I’m thinking about writing a full post about this book, not so much as a review but just how I apply the things I learned from this book to my financial life.
5 out of 5 stars
How was your reading life this January? Any 5 star reads? Share it with me through the comments section. I would LOVE to hear about your reading life!