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What I Learn This Month: January 2022


For 4 years now, each Monday morning, I’ve posted a photograph on my Fb Web page of the books I completed in the course of the week, with the tag #GretchenRubinReads.

I get a giant kick out of this weekly behavior—it’s a strategy to shine a highlight on all of the terrific books that I’ve learn.

As I write about in my ebook Higher Than Earlier than, for many of my life, my behavior was to complete any ebook that I began. Lastly, I noticed that this strategy meant that I hung out studying books that bored me, and I had much less time for books that I actually get pleasure from. Nowadays, I put down a ebook if I don’t really feel like ending it, so I’ve extra time to do my favourite sorts of studying.

This behavior implies that should you see a ebook included within the #GretchenRubinReads photograph, that I appreciated it properly sufficient to learn to the final web page.

After I learn books associated to an space I’m researching for a writing venture, I rigorously learn and take notes on the elements that curiosity me, and skim the elements that don’t. So I could checklist a ebook that I’ve partly learn and partly skimmed. For me, that also “counts.”

When you’d like extra concepts for habits that can assist you get extra studying carried out, learn this publish or obtain my “Studying Higher Than Earlier than” worksheet.

You may as well observe me on Goodreads the place I monitor books I’ve learn.

If you wish to see what I learn final month, the total checklist is right here.

January 2022 Studying:

The Planet of Junior Brown by Virginia Hamilton (Amazon, Bookshop)—How I really like the work of Virginia Hamilton—an creativeness like no different.

Like Shaking Palms with God: A Dialog about Writing by Kurt Vonnegut & Lee Stringer (Amazon, Bookshop)—a short however fascinating account of a dialog.

All Techniques Crimson: The Murderbot Diaries (The Murderbot Diaries, 1) by Martha Wells (Amazon, Bookshop)—Winner of 2018 Hugo Award, 2018 Nebula Award, 2018 Alex Award, and 2018 Locus Award—Great! I really like the “Murderbot” world and might’t wait to learn extra.

A Little Satan in America: Notes in Reward of Black Efficiency by Hanif Abdurraqib (Amazon, Bookshop)—Gordon Burn Prize winner—thought-provoking, compelling essays.

The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch (Amazon, Bookshop)—on the final pages, my total view of the novel modified and I instantly wished to reread it.

The Lengthy Goodbye: A Memoir by Meghan O’Rourke (Amazon, Bookshop)—a haunting take a look at the expertise of grief and loss.

Secrets and techniques of Happiness by Joan Silber (Amazon, Bookshop)—A Washington Put up Finest Guide of the 12 months—an exquisite novel advised from the point of view of various interlocking narrators (a construction I really like).

41 – Love: A Memoir by Scarlett Thomas (Amazon, Bookshop)—I really like the work of Scarlett Thomas, so I may wait to learn this memoir about her willpower to take up tennis once more, at age 41.

Be Excellent: The Right Reply to Each Ethical Query by Michael Schur (Amazon, Bookshop)—Such an fascinating, entertaining ebook. We talked to Mike Schur in episode 362 of the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast.

A Phrase Youngster: A Novel by Iris Murdoch (Amazon, Bookshop)—I am on an actual Iris Murdoch kick. This was a completely haunting novel.

Crimson, White, & Royal Blue: A Novel by Casey McQuiston (Amazon, Bookshop)—Goodreads Alternative Award Winner for Finest Debut and Finest Romance of 2019, Finest Guide of the 12 months for Vogue, NPR, Vainness Truthful—a enjoyable, frank romance set within the White Home and Buckingham Palace.

Revelations in Air: A Guidebook to Odor by Jude Stewart (Amazon, Bookshop)—I am unable to be taught sufficient in regards to the sense of odor.

The Manner I Hear It: A Life with Listening to Loss by Gael Hannan (Amazon, Bookshop)—a sensible, considerate information and memoir about residing with listening to loss.


Victoria Joy
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