In line with my 2018 goals of reading more books and my Lenten goal of not watching Netflix, I am happy to report that for the first time since Elizabeth was born (almost two years!), I have read four books in one month. To be completely honest, I’m not certain that I’ve read more than one book in a month since she was born.
Capital Gains by Chip Gaines
The book was a quick read. I started during nap time when all three of my children napped for two hours at the same time (!!), and then finished after E was in bed and the boys were nursing. While Magnolia Story is mainly Joanna’s point of view, this book is Chip’s side of things. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t like this book as much as Magnolia Story. There seemed to be less of the backstory and more of a motivational speaker feel. If you’re looking for a motivational book, this is definitely for you, but I wasn’t feeling it as much as their first book.
Missional Motherhood by Gloria
This was a book that I was supposed to read for Bible Study this fall. It took me SIX months to read. Part of it was me being a slacker, and part of it was that I didn’t like the book at all. I thought it would be good to read as I headed into being a mom of three, but the book missed the mark. The first half (over 100 pages) is basically a re-telling of the Old Testament (not really related to motherhood other than there were mothers in the OT). The second part ties into motherhood a little more, but I really could not get invested in this book. There are much better Christian books on motherhood, and unfortunately, I wouldn’t recommend this book.
Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
The other day E and I were at the library because I was looking for “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. E grabbed this book off the shelf and handed it to me, and being my lazy self, I decided to check it out instead of having to locate where it actually belonged.
I read 100 pages of this book before I realized it was NOT Lauren Grahams memoir/autobiography. (That’s called “Talking as Fast as I Can”) Chalk it up to sleep deprivation. The main character’s name is Frances Banks and I thought “wow, I didn’t know Lauren Graham changed her name when she started acting”. As disappointed as I was, I was also 1/3 of the way through the book so I kept reading. The book follows a woman in her 20’s who is living in New York and trying to become an actress. I wouldn’t say it was the most creative plot line, but I enjoyed how the book ended. It is also a quick-ish read and enjoyable enough to read once I got over my disappointment of it being a work of fiction.
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
This was a book from my BBC top 100 list and is a classic, especially in the Spanish speaking world (I cannot believe I didn’t have to read it in college since that was my major!). The plot follows seven generations of the Buendia family living in a small town in Columbia. There is a lot of magical realism interwoven with historical events that were happening in Columbia during that time.
While I’m glad I finally read the book after hearing about it in my Spanish classes for years, I mostly finished it to finish it (and because I had nothing else to do while nursing). It’s a little difficult to keep characters separated because, like many families back then, they kept naming children after their fathers. So basically everyone was name Jose Arcadio or Aureliano (7 generations worth). In addition, there is a lot of talk of sex, drug use, etc which isn’t really up my alley. *But to be fair, those are/were pretty common themes in hispanic books/movies during that time period.
So in conclusion, my month of reading was great as far as quantity, but definitely mediocre quality wise. Although I read 3/4 books pretty quickly, there wasn’t that emotional “I have to find out how this ends/I can’t put it down” feeling. But, I’m really proud of myself for reading three full books and finally finishing a book that’s been on my nightstand for waaaaay too long.
What are your favorite “can’t put it down” books? I need suggestions!!