I can’t believe that it’s already March!
The first two months of the year have been great for my to-read pile — I’ve read 19 books so far and most of them have been fiction:
Here’s a run down of what I’ve checked off my to-read list:
- The 12-Week Year by Brian Moran: I launched into the year with this book on strategic planning as part of a Prolific read along and came away with some great tips for creating urgency by organizing my year around quarterly goals.
- Angel’s Peak by Robyn Carr: This is the ninth book in a romance series that I started last year and I’m still enjoying the character development in each book.
- The Selection by Kiera Cass: I heard about this young adult series on a podcast and had to try it out. I would describe it as part Hunger Games and part The Bachelor. I didn’t think it would be my cup of tea, but I read this first book in one sitting.
- Autumn by Ali Smith: This is the first book in a quartet based on the seasons. I liked other books by this author and they are well-regarded and well-written, but this one wasn’t super memorable for me.
- Lost Creed by Alex Kava: This is the fourth book in what has become one of my favorite mystery series about an FBI agent and a crime-scene dog handler. This was a great page-turner that I read in one afternoon.
- The Elite by Kiera Cass: This is the second book in the series that I mentioned above. I enjoyed seeing the story line from the first book continue into this second book with some great feminist and social justice themes.
- Moonlight Road by Robyn Carr: The tenth book in the romance series I’m reading was another good installment — I imagine I’ll get caught up with this series this year!
- The One by Kiera Cass: This is the third book in the Selection series and the main story line from the first two books wraps up here. There are still two books to go, so I’m interested to see what happens from here.
- Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin: I’m diving into some marketing books this year, so of course I would turn to Seth Godin — I appreciate that he always provides a lot of examples to support his theories on marketing.
- Redwall by Brian Jacques: This was the first book on the reading list for my book group with my partner on nostalgia reads. He got to pick this one and it was really enjoyable. It took about 100 pages for it to pick up, but I really liked the ending.
- Failed It!: How to turn mistakes into ideas and other advice for successfully screwing up by Erik Kessels: This was a great book about how sometimes failures are really art in the making. Loved the visual examples throughout.
- A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George: I decided to re-read this series from the beginning this year before I start reading the most recent installments. This is the first book and it’s just as good as I remember when I read it years and years ago. George is a master storyteller.
- The Nightmare Thief by Meg Gardiner: This is the fourth book in a series that I’ve really enjoyed by this author and she combines two of her series together in this book, so it was extra fun to read. The main character is a forensic psychologist, so there’s always lots to chew on in her stories.
- Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper: I had seen this book all over, but never got around until reading it this year. Part of the novel is epistolary (written in letters), which I loved. I read this in just a couple sittings.
- The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi: This was the second book of the year for my partner reading group and I got to choose this one. I remember it fondly from reading it as an adolescent and it was really fun to revisit it. Main story is that a teenage girl travels alone on a ship and is eventually accused of a murder.
- Payment in Blood by Elizabeth George: This is the second book in this series that I’m revisiting and I make sure to order about three at a time from the library because I’m running through them so quickly.
- Well-Schooled in Murder by Elizabeth George: The third in the series. They are so good that I’m reading them back-to-back. Each of the books are in a new setting and the character development is SO GOOD.
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni: This was required reading for a recent leadership retreat. I’m not a huge fable fan, but the book had some nice takeaways that I can definitely apply to my professional life.
- A Suitable Vengeance by Elizabeth George: This is the fourth in George’s series and it’s a prequel to the first three books. It’s one of my favorites because we get some backstory on the characters. (I’m reading book five in the series right now!
To think on:
- What have you read so far this year?
- What books or series do you love to revisit?