So today (August 9th) is ‘National Book Lovers Day’, and it is a day that encourages us to find our favorite reading spot, grab a good book (or two), and read the day away.
Here are some random facts on early books:
- The first books had either parchment or calfskin for pages
- The covers were usually made of wood and covered in leather
- They had clasps or straps to keep them closed
- The first public libraries appeared during the Middle Ages, and the books were often chained to shelves or desks to prevent theft.
I’ve always been an avid reader to the point where I would usually be accumulating huge to-be read piles (or actually entire to-be read bookcases) during high school and college.
I got my first e-reader shortly before I finished graduate school (as a way to help cut back on the number of boxes of books Id’ be having to move), and for the most part that is what I’ve stuck with over the years.
I will use my e-reader for reading most books (whether they’re fiction or non-fiction), but when it comes to having a ‘referenec’ book (usually a textbook)–those I prefer to have in physical form (easier to highlight, make notes, and so forth). As I movemore into freelance writing, the bookcases will once again be propagated by books–just the larger (and heavier) textbooks.
While I could try to list out all my favorite books, I thought I’d share some of my favorite fiction books so far from this year:
- Call You Mine (The Baker’s Creek Billionaire Brothers #4) by Claudia Burgoa
- Inked Persuasion (Montgomery Ink: Fort Collins #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan
- Blackout After Dark (Gansett Island #23) by Marie Force
- Billionaire Unexpected: Jax (The Billionaire Obsessions #16) by J.S. Scott
- My True Love: Jules Steele (The Steeles at Silver Island #2) by Melissa Foster
- My One Night (On My Own #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan
- State of Affairs (First Family #1) by Marie Force
- As We Are (The Baker’s Creek Billionaire Brothers #5) by Claudia Burgoa
- My Rebound (On My Own #2) by Carrie Ann Ryan
- How Much I Love (Miami Nights #3) by Marie Force
- A Scent of Magick (McKendrick Warlocks #3) by Rhyannon Byrd
- Inked Obsession (Montgomery Ink: Fort Collins #2) by Carrie Ann Ryan
- Come Together (Butler, VT #7) by Marie Force
- Dawn Unearthed (Ravenwood Coven #1) by Carrie Ann Ryan
Yes, there is a trend in the authors–I usually have a small list of authors that are automatic buys for me, three of the above authors I’ve been reading for quite a while (Marie Force, Carrie Ann Ryan, and Rhyannon Byrd), while the others I’ve only started reading since the pandemic. If I really like the series, it won’t matter how long it is between books–I’ll purchase the next book (I think it’s been roughly fourteen years between the release of the second McKendrick Warlock book and the third–but I liked the overall plot of the series, I’m personally waiting for Colin’s book).
I’ve also bought a large number of books by ‘new’ to me authors over the past year (mainly through special sales), which I’m going ot be working in around all the pre-ordered books that I will still be getting throughout the year. I’m hoping to slowly expand my reading genera from contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance to also include mysteries/thrillers, and ‘normal’ science fiction/fantasy (in addition the non-fiction).
Here are a few of those books that I’m going to be reading over the next few months:
- Familiar Kitten Mysteries Bundle (Books 1-6) by Sara Bourgeois
- The White Magic Five and Dime: A Tarot Mystery by Steve Hockensmith and Lisa Falco
- Phoenix Rising (Complete Series) by Annie Anderson
- The Dark Emeralds (Books 1-3) by Jerry Lambert
- Dead to Me: Arcane Souls World (Grave Talker #1) by Annie Anderson
Also over the past two years or so, I’ve been trying to balance out the fiction reading with some non-fiction reading, and here is a list of some of the books I’ve enjoyed reading:
- Minimalist Money Makeover by Michelle Moore
- The No Spend Challenge Guide: How to stop spending money impulsively, pay off debt fast, and make your finances fit your dreams by Jen Smith
- The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
- The Renaissance Soul: How to make your passions your life–a creative and practical guide by Margaret Lobensteine
- Reboot Your Life: Energize your career and life by taking a break by Catherine Allen, Nancy Bearg, Rita Foley, and Jaye Smith
- The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
- The Financial Diet by Chelsea Fagan
- What your clutter is trying to tell you: uncover the message in the mess and reclaim your life by Kerri L. Richardson
- YouMap: Find Yourself, Blaze Your Path, Show the World! by Kristin Sherry
- The Year of Less: How I stopped shopping, gave away my belongings, and discovered life is worth more than anything you can buy by Cait Flanders
- Pause: Harness the life-changing power of giving yourself a break by Rachael O’Meara
- The Latte Factor: why you don’t have to be rich to live rich by David Bach and John David Mann
- Girl on Fire: How to Choose Yourself, Burn the Rule Book, and Blaze Your Own Trail in Life and Business by Cara Alwill Leyba
- The Joy of Missing Out: Live More by Doing Less by Tonya Dalton
- The 12 week year: get more done in 12 weeks than others do in 12 months by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington
- Burnout: The secret to unlocking the stress cycle by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski
- Hello Fears: Crush your comfort zone and become who you’re meant to be by Michelle Poler
- How to be everything: A guide for those who (still) don’t know what they want to be when they grow up by Emilie Wapnick
- 25 ways to work from home: smart business models to make money online by Jen Ruiz
These are the books that have resonated somewhat with me, either in terms of finances, career, or trying to par down on the amount of stuff I own. All three of these areas are things I’ve been trying to focus on for the past eighteen months. I had decided right before the pandemic that I was going to take a ‘reboot break’ to focus on my health and finding the ‘right’ job.
Once the pandemic hit—I switched gears to more personal/professional development and ‘escapism’ (buying large numbers of books [both physical and electronic], craft supplies, and organizational supplies). I’ve worked through a small number of the courses—but have acquired a large number of books.
So, those are areas that I’m still focusing on (especially trying to get the impulsive purchasing under control again), in addition to expanding the genera I read.
Here are some of the non-fiction books that are on my to-be read list:
- The Introvert Entrepreneur: Amplify your strengths and create success on your own terms by Beth Buelow
- The Freelance Introvert: Work the way you want without changing who you are by Tom Albrighton
- Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers in World War II by Liz Mundy
- The Only Woman in the Room: A Novel by Marie Benedict
- When Women Ruled the World: Six Queens of Egypt by Kara Cooney
- Just Do You: Authenticity, Leadership, and Your Personal Brand by Lisa King
- Owning It: Take Control of Your Life, Work, and Career by Kris Taylor
- Stepping Stones: A journey through the ice caves of the Dordogne by Christine Desdemaines-Hugo and Ian Tattersall
- Work Quilting: Piece together diverse income streams; live an insanely awesome life by Vikki Walton
- What if it does work out: How a side hustle can change your life by Susie Moore
- Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
- Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
So, there you have it: some of my favorite 2021 fiction books, and some of my favorite non-fiction books from the past few years. In addition to some of the fiction and non-fiction books I plan on reading over the next few months.
Curious to know–who are some of your favorite (automatic-buy) authors?