Storyteller. Digital MacGyver. Teacher. Sailor of the Entrepreneur-ship.
This month had two distinct themes: feminism and short stories.
14 books for December, 4 five star reads, 9 nonfiction, and 5 fiction books.
What did I learn from a year of reading vigorously?
These apps are all you need to crank up your yearly book count.
39 five-star reads / 64 four-star reads / 162* books total (*Approximately half are audiobooks)
A near impossible task, my top six—if forced at gunpoint (plus one late arrival).
16 five-star reads, 29 four-star reads, and 72 fiction books total.
Audio-chocolate for your ear holes. Cram these into your brain.
24 five-star nonfiction books, 36 four-star nonfiction books, and 85 nonfiction books total.
Stiff, Time, Rocket, Blood, Life. Bonus: A book I hated.
So many themed reads this month! And the final installment of The Murderbot Diaries. 🤖🔪
An exciting, epic battle of survival; Stoicism to the nth degree. Truly incredible.
“The ship had been named the Polaris. After the sale, Shackleton rechristened her Endurance, in keeping with the motto of his family, Fortitudine Vincimus—"By endurance we conquer."
"That's all there is to it. To read 200 books, simply spend 417 hours a year reading.”
4.2/5 Stars: Riveting, Violent, Rollercoaster Thriller
“Nothing ever truly faded. Time only dulled the edges.”
This year, I went on a restricted social media diet and tried to read more instead.
* 49 books and 18,304 pages * to be exact.
"Empathetic silence is one of the most underused weapons in the world."
"Lila couldn't believe how tired she felt, how weak, as if she had dribbled out of her uniform and all over her shoes in the twenty or so paces between the cruiser and the steps."
"Both men and women are resistant to talk about gender, or are quick to dismiss the problems of gender. Because thinking of changing the status quo is always uncomfortable."
"We're born to be players, not pawns. We're meant to be autonomous individuals, not individual automatons."
This audiobook is excellent, and I would definitely recommend it to someone who is a fan of James Franco (he reads it with such verve! much accent!) and who also enjoyed the John Travolta movie "Phenomenon."
Resilience is the strength and speed of our response to adversity, and we can build it. It isn’t about having a backbone. It’s about strengthening the muscles around our backbone.— Sheryl Sandberg
A small smile came over her face.A light breeze blew through her.And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.
— Reverend Safire Rose
“You can lead a whore to culture, but you can't make her think."
Rating: 1.5 Stars (1/2 for pure entertainment, like a train wreck)
"My room is so still, the bureau lifeless, and on it, inert, the paraphernalia of humans: keys, coins, shells that once rocked in the tides ..."
— Ode to the Fish
Or the moon finds you along a foreign shore and you paddle out in somedingy and scoop its reflection from the waters and drink it down.
"The melting snow dripped and ran, dripped and ran, and from every dark storm drain the sound of the sea drifted up, a dark winter sea now strongly ebbing."
— Strawberry Spring