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My bookshelf

I have set a goal for myself for the new year to read a book a week. Here is my list starting January 1st. I’m including everything I’ve read, even if I didn’t care for it. What doesn’t appeal to me might be right up your street. To keep up with what I’m reading and where I’m eating, subscribe to my newsletter at the bottom of the page. I’d love to know what you are reading!

Ninety-Nine Glimpses of Princess Margaret - Craig Brown

If you are a fan of The Crown, you will love this book! Princess Margaret is compelling, fun, and tragic. I really wish I could use some of her one-liners in real life but somehow I don’t think they would work as well coming from a commoner.

The Untethered Soul - Michael A. Singer

This book was a top suggestion when I searched for books on transcendental meditation. I learned a lot of things from this book about dealing with everyday life. Not really instruction on how to meditate but an understanding of the principles. I’m open to other books on the subject or maybe some live instruction.

Calm the F*ck Down - Sarah Knight

I read this as part of a book club assignment. I really have no trouble calming the f- down. I’m a trained nurse and worked in ICU. I learned all this years ago. I read it like I was reviewing it for someone who didn’t get the training I did. I know a lot of people who could use this book! It’s essentially learning how to prioritize the things you freak out over. If you are not into course language, skip this book, for sure.

Legendary - Stephanie Garber

I really liked the first book in this series, Caraval, but this book wasn’t as compelling. I think it was because she changed the character focus and they just weren’t as interesting as the driving characters in the first book. It didn’t compel me to read the next book in the trilogy. If you like the creepy-magic genre, Night Circus is much better.

Catching The Big Fish - David Lynch

I wish the people in my life would read this book so that they could understand the process of creativity. That part of the book I totally get! His practice of transcendental meditation was intriguing and took me down a rabbit hole. More on that to come….

Circe - Madeline Miller

I saw this book cover all over instagram this summer. I loved the story and think anyone with a basic understanding of Greek and Roman mythology will enjoy it.

A Year of Positive Thinking - Cyndie Spiegal

I like thought-a-day books. Last year I read “The Artists Way Every Day”. I recommend that for any creative. I have had the pleasure of meeting Cyndie Spiegal and hearing her speak. She is a powerhouse and I look forward to reading thoughts from her everyday.

An Artist of the Floating World - Kazuo Ishiguro

This is a story of an artist that is reflecting on what he did in the lead up to WWII. I thought there would be a reckoning but really, he just seems oblivious. Couldn’t really get into it.

The Deep End - Julie Mulhern

This is another book I read for book club and thank goodness I finally got a good one! You have to kiss a lot of frogs, right? This is a murder mystery set in the ’70s and, since I grew up in the ‘70s, I love all the references. It was a real page turner and I ended up binging it in a weekend. Best thing, it’s a series! You’ll see more of these on the list.

A Dangerous Place, A Maisie Dobbs Novel - Jacqueline Winspear

This is book eleven in this female-driven detective series. The novels take place pre-post WWI. This book is pre-WWII. I love the character of Maisie. She smart and battle-worn. She has ups and downs but keeps pushing forward. This is one of my favorite book series.

Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie

I’m heading to India in a month and this was on a recommended reading list for India. This book is pretty long winded. I’ve never read anything by Salman Rushdie, so that may be his style. I struggled and almost put it down. This one taught me to look at the page count before I click ‘download’. I can’t get through a slogging 658 pages in a week and have a life.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid has the remarkable talent of telling a gripping story in a mere 228 pages. I devoured it in a day! It’s a story of a Pakistani young man before, during , and after 9/11. I highly recommend this book along with How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. I’ll be adding more Mohsin Hamid books to my list.