This is the most dedicated to and in love with reading I have ever been – I’m so happy! I’ll be honest, I wasn’t totally confident in my follow through when I made reading one of my top ten goals for 2017. But thanks to my Power Sheets and a little bit of discipline, I have successfully read at least two books each month of 2017. For some, that’s not much, but for me it is a great success!
Last month I mentioned that I was going to be traveling for work and therefore would have plenty of airport time to read! I don’t think I read more than a chapter on my trip – ha. On my morning flight from NYC to STL I tried so hard, like really hard, to read. Just a few pages in I succumbed to my tiredness and slept on the tray, while sitting in the middle seat. My apologies to the ladies who were sitting on either side of me as I’m sure you had some part of my person on you. Even without the reading time on my trip I was able to cram in two really wonderful books during the month of May!
I believe that nearly every professional, entrepreneurial-spirited woman has read Sheryl Sandberg’s first book, Lean In. This was a first for me and I honestly decided to read it on a whim because the book I really wanted to read wasn’t available for digital download at my library. Sheryl Sandberg is currently the COO of Facebook, and an incredibly respected woman in the tech-business industry. She wrote Lean In to inspire women to lean into their careers and their life.
Lean In was very tasteful, in regard to political extremes. I’ve always been hesitant to read it because I thought it might be extremely feminist. Although I believe in equal rights for men and women, I do not share many of the other opinions and beliefs that today’s feminist does. I would mostly qualify the book as a memoir and I really enjoyed learning about Sheryl’s career path. She shares a lot of stories from past jobs, her current job and her personal life that were really inspiring. I always enjoy taking a peek into someone else’s life through their words. I don’t think I’ll ever read Lean In for a second time, but if you are a professional woman I would encourage you to read through Lean In just once – Sheryl makes many wonderful points. I should also mention, it’s a pretty quick read!
Crazy Rich Asians
One of the bloggers that I follow posts a book review every month, and I always love to read through it! A couple of months ago she posted about a novel she read called Crazy Rich Asians. This was so ironic to me because she is someone I consider to be fairly wealthy and she recently adopted two little ladies from China. Anyway, she loved it and I was intrigued so I decided to check it out. Bonus points, my library had it available for digital download.
So here’s the thing – I could hardly put this book down. I don’t want to say too much because I want you to read it, but my mind was boggled pretty much the whole time. Now I just want to know if people really live this way? Surely, they don’t. Right? Someone tell me it’s not real…
There are so many characters in Crazy Rich Asians, and that made the beginning of the book a little challenging for me because I couldn’t remember all of their names. I feel like I do this with every novel I read – I freak out at the beginning because I’m certain I’ll never figure out who is who, but I always do. The author breaks it up by focusing on one characters story line in each chapter, which is helpful. If you’re looking for a good, new novel to dive into, let me recommend Crazy Rich Asians. Oh and BY THE WAY – this novel is being turned into a movie.
That way May, and it was awesome. Get ready for June’s book review because it’s going to be a monster. I’ve already read three books and I’m half way through the fourth. Who am I?