Read Your Books: The Aftermath

July 14, 2016

If there's one thing that I think we can all agree on it's that we're all massive book hoarders. How many of us have stacks on stacks on stacks of books on our shelves or waiting in our Kindles to be read and yet there we are in Target or the library getting new books. In an effort to make a dent in those piles Dani and Erin challenged us to "read my books". 

The point of the challenge was to get through as many books we already owned as possible. I talked about my personal TBR and now I'm going to check in and let you know how I did.

So it turns out it took me halfway through the month before I finally picked up a book and didn't put it down after one or two pages. Once I found my groove, though, I knocked out a couple.

S.E.C.R.E.T. (Secret, #1)S.E.C.R.E.T. by L. Marie Adeline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked up this book sometime last year solely because of the cover and the name. What was this S.E.C.R.E.T? Curiosity won and I bought it. Only to let it sit on my shelf.

When I finally decided to read it I was sucked in immediately. For a romance novel, I absolutely loved this book. I went beyond the plot and thought about the lessons this book taught. Self-love. That's the message I received, and I would encourage anyone to read this. The romance scenes aren't cheesy and they're honestly not even the main focus. It's about Cassie wallowing in her misery. Her ex-husband has recently passed and now she must find a way to move forward and reclaim her life. It's about how as a S.E.C.R.E.T. candidate she learns to rebuild her life and reclaim her power. With the help of S.E.C.R.E.T. she does just that. But is she ready to take the plunge and fly on her own?

A Raisin In The SunA Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was one of the only books on my original list that I actually read. I'll fully admit that this was chosen because of how short it is. It's a play. I started reading it on the floor one night and finished the first act rather quickly. I was pulled in needing to know what was going on with this southern black family post-war, and what was to become of them.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond FearBig Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this. I know because there were so many lines and passages I wanted to highlight.

I think this book should be read by all. Those who want to start creating, those in the middle. Those who have "failed" inn their creation, those who are stuck.

For me, the key thing that I took away was to make and create no matter what. If it's amazing, great. If it's okay, great. If it's terrible, great. The outcome does not matter.

Gilbert touches on the question of what would you do if you knew you couldn't fail. But she goes deeper and asks-and I love this- what would you do knowing that you very well could fall?

I didn't actually own Big Magic, Alyssa does. But she let me borrow it so I'm counting it because I didn't buy it and I didn't get it from the library.

I have to say, I'm mildly disappointed with myself over this. I honestly thought I'd be able to get through more books. In my defense I was in the final stages of editing my friend's book, and our deadline was June 15th. There wasn't a lot of time for pleasure reading. Still, I did clear my shelves of two books.

How did you do?  

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  1. I say knocking out any books is better than none, you know?! I knocked out quite a few on my Netgalley shelf and then went and requested five more last week. Soooo there is that. Oops. Issues, we all have issues ok! It isn't a problem though because we admit it.

  2. the point is that you read! i didn't join in this challenge but maybe next time i will :)

  3. I liked Big Magic, but I think it was hyped up a bit too much and I set the bar too hight because of it.

  4. I loved Big Magic too. I have so much creativity locked inside me but fear really holds me back. And being brave in the face of failure is something I'm really working on. You've intrigued me with your review of S.E.C.R.E.T and I'm adding it to my TBR. Self-love is so important and something I need to get at doing. I can be so darn hard on myself, harder than I am on anyone else.

  5. I'm mildy disappointed I only got through 2 books, and they were e-books instead of the pile of paperbacks I have, but there were Netgalley archive dates looming! I think you did great! I already asked Alyssa if I can borrow Big Magic too :)

  6. AnonymousJuly 14, 2016

    I'm so glad you enjoyed Big Magic! I agree, everyone should read this book. It's too good and valuable not to.
    I didn't attempt this challenge because I knew I would fail. Although, I suppose I did succeed in that the only book I read during the last month (even if I'm still reading it...) was one I own (EPL)!

  7. Reading some is better than reading none. I'm sorta kinda trying to continue to pull more from my home bookshelf the remainder of the year. We'll see how that turns out.....

  8. i'd say you did pretty good, it's better than none! i haven't read any of these, though the secret book sounds interesting! i'm going to try and read at least one book i own each month moving forward.. we'll see!