In an effort to improve my sleep schedule and unwind at the end of the day, I’ve made a big effort to ditch my laptop/tv/phone in favor of reading at night. This helps me fall asleep faster by redirecting my thoughts to something stress-free and imaginative, so I’m no longer tossing and turning thinking about to-do lists and other worries. Here are some of the books I’ve read recently:
- ‘The Last Anniversary’ by Liane Moriarty: I’ve read several of Moriarty’s other books, and this one might be my favorite. It’s fairly light, humorous, and keeps you guessing throughout. In the 1930s, Jack and Alice Munro vanished from their home on Scribbly Gum Island, leaving a newborn in its crib and a still-warm cake on the counter. Sophie Honeywell has always been fascinated with the mystery, even before she dated (and dumped) the grandson of the Munro baby herself (who is now in her 70s). When Sophie discovers she has inherited the island home of her ex-boyfriend’s great aunt, she moves onto Scribbly Gum and ends up uncovering pieces of the mystery in the process.
- ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ by Marie Kondo: With all of the buzz this one has received, I’ve been meaning to read it for almost a year now, and to be honest, I wish I had read it a year ago. I’ve been on my ‘less is more’ downsizing journey for a while now, so a lot of the concepts in this book weren’t new to me. However, I did gain a few great tips and have re-arranged my dresser drawers so everything is filed vertically. So that’s a win. If you’re at the beginning of a ‘minimalist’ journey, definitely give it a read!
- ‘Me Before You’ by JoJo Moyes: I flew through this one in just a few days – I couldn’t put it down! The story is about Louisa Clark, a young woman who reluctantly takes a job caring for Will Traynor, a 35-year-old man recently paralyzed from a motorcycle accident. Will has lost all enthusiasm for life, but he and Louisa end up forming a friendship that greatly impacts both of them. I really enjoyed this one, and can’t wait to see the movie that comes out in June!
On a related note, if you’re looking for a great e-reader, I’ve been using my Kindle Voyage for over a year now and will never go back. I love being able to download books instantly, and I turn the screen way down and read in complete darkness before I go to bed. Definitely recommend!