December 4, 2022

For six years now, each Monday morning, I’ve posted a photograph on my Facebook Page of the books I completed through the week, with the tag #GretchenRubinReads.

I get a giant kick out of this weekly behavior—it’s a option to shine a highlight on all of the terrific books that I’ve learn.

As I write about in my e-book Higher Than Earlier than, for many of my life, my behavior was to complete any e-book that I began. Lastly, I spotted that this strategy meant that I hung out studying books that bored me, and I had much less time for books that I really get pleasure from. Today, I put down a e-book if I don’t really feel like ending it, so I’ve extra time to do my favourite sorts of studying.

This behavior implies that in the event you see a e-book included within the #GretchenRubinReads photograph, you realize that I appreciated it effectively sufficient to learn to the final web page.

Once I learn books associated to an space I’m researching for a writing venture, I rigorously learn and take notes on the components that curiosity me, and skim the components that don’t. So I’ll record a e-book that I’ve partly learn and partly skimmed. For me, that also “counts.”

Should you’d like extra concepts for habits that will help you get extra studying performed, learn this put up or obtain my “Studying Higher Than Earlier than” worksheet.

You can too observe me on Goodreads the place I observe books I’ve learn.

If you wish to see what I learn final month, the complete record is right here.

Recently, I’ve been listening to lots of episodes of Backlisted, a books podcast that I love, and lots of the solutions this month have been impressed by the hosts’ conversations.

October 2022 Studying:

The Skylarks’ Struggle by Hilary McKay (Amazon, Bookshop)—A Boston Globe Finest E-book of 2018, a Horn E-book Finest E-book of 2018—a terrific kids’s novel about wartime Britain.

Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Regulation by Mary Roach (Amazon, Bookshop)—How I really like the work of Mary Roach! Hilarious, attention-grabbing, academic.

The Golden Enclaves: A Novel (The Scholomance) by Naomi Novik (Amazon, Bookshop)—New York Occasions bestselling trilogy—I learn this e-book the day it got here out, as a result of I couldn’t wait to seek out out what occurred subsequent on this trilogy. I’m a giant fan of Novik’s work; how I really like His Majesty’s Dragon (a terrific portrait of a Questioner and an Upholder, by the best way).

Finest Thought, Worst Thought: On Artwork, Intercourse, Work and Demise by Don Paterson (Amazon, Bookshop)—I do love an aphorism.

Fairy Story by Stephen King (Amazon, Bookshop)—Stephen King! I raced by way of this novel.

Safekeeping: Some True Tales from a Life by Abigail Thomas (Amazon, Bookshop)—a memoir introduced in a really attention-grabbing construction of brief essays.

The Kingdom of Sand by Andrew Holleran (Amazon, Bookshop)—an excellent, lovely, mournful novel concerning the finish of a life.

The Chosen: A Novel by Chaim Potok (Amazon, Bookshop)—a New York Occasions bestseller—the story of the friendship between two teenage boys and the way they select to forge their paths; an attention-grabbing portrayal of American Orthodox Jewish life round World Struggle II.

My Personal Two Ft by Beverly Cleary (Amazon, Bookshop)—a New York Occasions Notable E-book—a captivating memoir of Cleary’s hardscrabble young-adult years and the way she began telling her tales of Henry Huggins and Ramona.

Dwelling with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Seek for the Reality about The whole lot by Barbara Ehrenreich (Amazon, Bookshop)—a provocative religious memoir.

An Outsider’s Information to People: What Science Taught Me About What We Do and Who We Are by Camilla Pang, PhD (Amazon, Bookshop)—an enchanting contemporary manner of human habits by way of scientific processes.

The Treasure is the Rose by Julia Cunningham (Amazon)—Once I was strolling by way of the Tudor exhibit on the Met, I used to be all of the sudden reminded of this lovely little novel that I’d learn so many instances as a baby. I couldn’t wait to re-read it, and I used to be astonished by how completely I might recall many sentences and passages.

The City Home by Norah Lofts (Amazon, Bookshop)—I cherished this novel—historic fiction that traces the historical past of a household over three generations within the fourteenth century. I do love a gripping story, and that is terrific. (I simply discovered that this novel is the primary in a trilogy, so can’t wait to learn extra.)

The Maude Reed Story by Norah Lofts (Amazon)—as I used to be studying the ultimate chapter of The City Home, titled “Maude Reede’s Story,” I assumed…haven’t I heard this earlier than? I regarded on my shelf of kids’s literature, and positive sufficient, I’ve this novel by Norah Lofts about Maude Reede. The 2 tales aren’t precisely the identical, so I re-read this kids’s novel as effectively.

Life’s Work: A Memoir by David Milch (Amazon, Bookshop)—I really like a religious memoir, and I really like a artistic memoir, and this e-book is each. Now I need to watch NYPD Blue and Deadwood.