What I Read: February 2016

So I will be honest when I say that I didn’t exactly read all 4 books in about 3 weeks.  I was already halfway through two of them, which made a huge difference.   Anyway, click through for my mini-reviews of these four lovelies.

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  1. The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
    • I began this book months and months ago, and I finally finished it last week. I actually started and finished Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller before finishing this, and I’m so glad that I finally read it cover to cover. This book is pretty comprehensive without being overly dense, and it serves as a good foundation for skeptics and believers alike.
  2. M Train by Patti Smith
    • I really loved this book! I read Just Kids back when I was a freshman at NYU, which is when I fell in love with Smith’s writing style. M Train, though about different subject matter, still had that same signature voice and also featured photographs throughout, and I found its messages and reflections to be a mixture of quirky and soothing. There’s something about her writing that just does it for me, and I’m glad to have read her latest work.
  3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō
    • I started this book back in July when pictures of it were blowing up my Instagram feed and I could not wait to dig in because I am equal parts obsessed with organization and letting go of the things we carry that no longer serve us. I loved this book so much, and I can’t wait to implement its principles into my everyday life. I always feel more clarity of mind and inner peace when I do a big clean-up and purge things that I no longer need, and I love how this book is all about cracking the code so that we don’t have to keep trying to do these massive cleanings, only to be met with more clutter a few months later. A big question she recommends asking yourself when you can’t decide whether or not to donate something, “does it spark joy?” which is a question we would all do well to apply to things in our lives other than just our possessions. I’m also looking forward to purchasing her next book, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, in 2017 (when I’m off of my no-book-buying hiatus of 2016!)
  4. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
    •  I completely loved this book! This book did for me what I was expecting The Goldfinch to do – it transported me in time while also keeping me interested and hooked on the storyline. One thing I learned about myself from reading this book: I’m really into books with short chapters that keep the plot moving forward at a pace that is fast enough to make a 500+ page book feel like under 200. In short, I have nothing but good things to say about this 2015 Pulitzer Prize Winner.

Thanks for reading – feel free to add me on Goodreads here and to stay tuned for my post about my March reads soon!

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