books I read in December

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There’s a candle company based out of my circus school, and the owner is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. It’s also brilliant to have a candle company in a gym, because it always smells like apples or vanilla or pine trees, instead of feet and sweat.

Anyway, the candle company’s busiest season is around Christmas, so last January, she took a month or two off to recuperate from the holiday craziness. And whenever I think about her, I assume she’s still on that early-year break. And she is on that break, but it’s again rather than still — the Christmas rush has come and gone.

Where did 2017 go??

Happy New Year, Mom (and anyone else reading this… but I’m pretty sure it’s just my mom).

I’m so excited for 2018.

This year, let’s take care of ourselves. Let’s plan to live in a way that doesn’t require us to take self care days, because we will be taking care of ourselves in everything we do. Let’s prioritize coffee dates and seawall walks and spending time with friends and family in person, rather than through Facebook or iMessage. Let’s bring back board game nights and cooking together and cuddling while reading on the couch, rather than Netflix (okay, maybe a little Netflix).

Let’s celebrate love (T-minus 115 days!) and see the world.

Let’s make 2018 the best year yet.

And finally… Books I read in December:

  1. Caraval, by Stephanie Garber
    Not as good as The Night Circus, but so much of me loved this. The nice thing about being late to the trendy books party is that I don’t have to wait as long for the sequel!
  2. Vinyl Cafe Unplugged, by Stuart McLean
    I love these books so much. The last story made me cry.
  3. Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe, by Stuart McLean
    All the feels. One of the stories made me laugh so hard I had to stop and re-read it out loud from the beginning for Chris.
  4. Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    Man… I really wanted to like this, but with all of the things going on in the United States right now, reading a book like this just felt like a bit of a slog. There, I said it. I’m sorry I didn’t like your fancy literary critically-acclaimed book.
  5. The New York Mormon Regional Halloween Singles Dance, by Elna Baker
    I’ve been wanting to read this for forever. It turns out I’d already heard a lot of the stories through her radio shows and articles (which, if I’m honest, I think I liked better), but it was still enjoyable.
  6. Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel
    So weird. So good. So, so good.
  7. Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty
  8. Sourdough, by Robin Sloane
    Read this book. But before you read this book, make sure to go out and buy the best loaf of sourdough bread you can find. Slice it, slather it with butter, sprinkle it with salt, and set it next to you. You’ll need it.
  9. Standard Deviation, by Katherine Heiny
  10. Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng
    This book was like a punch in the gut. It was familiar and devastating and so good.
  11. The Widow, by Fiona Barton
    It was alright, I guess. Enjoyable but not memorable.

2017 Final Reading Tally: 82

I made it!

Happy 2018, friends. Wishing you and yours the very best.

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