I’ve been pretty busy the past couple of months and haven’t had as much time to read as I’d like. I’ve been studying for an exam for a certification at work for a few months so it’s taken up all my free time. And it’s a multiple part exam so it’s never ending studying.
I want to give myself more free time to read this year which means doing a better job at managing my time. It also means I just need to pass the other parts of this stupid exam and be done with it.
I’ve also got a lot of books I plan to read this year, so I’ve got to get started on my list now.
Jenny Lawson is hilarious and you should be following her on social media if you aren’t already. Her first book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, is maybe one of my favorite books ever. She tells hysterical stories of growing up in Texas and taxidermy rodents. It sound really weird, but trust me your stomach will hurt from laughing.
So I decided with my birthday coming up that I’m going to start my late twenties on a healthier note. I’m starting Whole30 after my birthday, because let’s be honest I’m not not having cake for my birthday. I’ve been reading the book and actually think it’s pretty doable except for the whole sugar thing. I don’t know if you’ve met me, but I love sugar. Other than that it’s more about eating fruits, vegetables, red meat, but no processed foods or grains. It’s only for 30 days so I’m willing to give it a shot. So stay tuned to see if I survive Whole30.
Even if you’re not in a creative line of work, we all seek inspiration for new ideas. Big Magic is Elizabeth Gilbert’s book on how to find inspiration, your attitude, and approaches to finding creativity. Creativity comes in so many different forms and no matter what your job, different approaches, ideas, or thoughts are so necessary. I don’t work in a traditionally creative field at all, but my job is focused around finding problems, solving them, and finding new ways to do things. If I didn’t cultivate some sort of creative thoughts, I couldn’t do my job.
This book has actually been on my personal reading list for a long time. I finally picked up a copy of it while buying Christmas presents and am going to jump into this first once I finish my exam. The book is set in the future and follows teenager Wade Watts as he’s obsessed with the virtual world OASIS. There are hidden puzzles based on the creator’s love of 1980’s pop culture within the world and he spends his time trying to solve them. He realizes the other players are willing to do anything in reality to win. It’s such a good book, Steven Spielberg is making the movie set to come out next year.
What books are on your reading list this year? I’d love any recommendations!