31 March 2018

What I've been reading 2017-2018


It was in my early twenties when I set a goal of reading at least 1 book per month. A very low bar, but even so, couldn't keep up once I became a working mom. Not a mom, because when I was breastfeeding Cristian, was reading a lot while he was attached to me.

I used to write down the books I finished but haven't done that for years now. You know how I am about keeping my memories. Decided to fix this and keep the list open for future updates.

My reads in 2018:

Thanks for the memories, Cecelia Ahern- not as appealing to me as "How to fall in love", but I managed to finish it;
The one plus one, Jojo Moyes (Un barbat si o femeie);
Origin, Dan Brown - same author, same recipe for commercial success;
One hundred names, Cecelia Ahern - it leaves you feeling special even if you still haven't figured out your "superpower". Speaking of authors, Ahern's books surprise me with a different recipe each time;
Flawed, Cecelia Ahern;
Perfect, Cecelia Ahern- the sequal for Flawed, was even more engaging than Flawed. I particularly like YA genre and coming-of-age stories;
A man called Ove, Frederik Backman - my favorite read this year. I got misty eyes when I read the last paragraph of the book. Such a romantic book about love, loss and the beauty within:
“And that laughter of hers, which, for the rest of his life, would make him feel as if someone was running around barefoot on the inside of his breast.”  

Self-Care for the Real World, Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips - my seaside vacation book that went well with my desire to do less and be more;
Hippie, Paulo Coelho - a few good quotes but the storyline was not that interesting to me;
320 de pisici negre, Rodica Ojog-Brasoveanu - my very first book of this author, I will surely read more. Melania, the main character is such a lovely, intelligent old lady;
O toaleta a la Liz Taylor, Rodica Ojog-Brasoveanu, our very own Romania Agatha Christie, which I only started reading this year.
Books I started but abandoned half way, becuase reading is pure joy and nobody says I have to finish one:

Toate panzele sus, Radu Tudoran, a book that I very much enjoyed for its vivid descriptions but at some point, over the sea, I lost my interest in the journey;
Angeologia, Danielle Trussoni - A. told me I would be surprised at the end. I figured it out quickly so I saw no point in continuing.


In 2017:

Man's search for meaning, Viktor Frankel; everybody recommends it and it is as touching as expected;
The Course of Love, Alain de Botton
The Marriage Plot, Jeffrey Eugenides
How to Fall in Love, Cecelia Ahern; I can't remember the last time I read a romance and this was really good.
The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger;
The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams; not finished yet because it is so dense and profound for me.

To be continued... So many books, so little time.
What are you reading these days?

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