Books I’ve Read Recently

books read recently

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!

What have you been reading lately?

  • Bluebird

    Thank you! I love posts like this. :)
    P.S. – you should get a Goodreads…and Snapchat!

  • Emily Woodard

    I can’t wait to see Me Before You. The trailer really intrigued me! You’ll have to let us know if you like the book or movie better.

    • Allison Anderson

      Yes the trailer looks really good! I think they did a great job with casting the main characters.

  • Lucy

    I really must read ‘Me Before You’ it sounds like such a lovely book!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • Lauren

    Ah, I really want to read Me Before You- I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it! I’m currently working on Water for Elephants, and am really enjoying it!

  • Charlotte B

    I am loving “the life-changing magic of tidying up”! It always gets me in the mood to tidy and I have definitely noticed some of my bad habits being mentioned throughout it, haha!
    Take care,
    C |

  • emilyj_wilson

    I am loving the amount of lifestyle posts you’ve been doing alongside the beauty stuff Allison, its such a great mix. Especially the book related posts, as an avid reader I’m always on the lookout for new books to read. A great thing to try (if you haven’t) is Goodreads. Great way to track your reading and get recommendations.
    – Emily

    • Allison Anderson

      Thank you! Glad you like the posts. I signed up for Goodreads a long time ago but never got into it… maybe I should try to remember my username and give it another go! 😉

  • Lauren

    I just finished “Me Before You” as well!! I couldn’t put it down! I’m debating on reading the sequel, I’ve heard it’s disappointing, so I may pass! I also just finished “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. Such a good read! My favorite author lately has been Kate Morton. If you haven’t read any of hers, start with “The Secret Keeper.” It’s my favorite!!!

  • Tarryn B

    Me Before You made me cry. I’m sure I looked like a madman, even an hour later, eyes bloodshot, face splotchy… Ugh. There is a sequel, but from the looks of the reviews, it’s not that great. Last book I read was Rebel Angels by Libba Bray. It’s the 2nd installment in a trilogy. Libba Bray’s great if you like snarky supernatural YA stuff – especially her Diviners series. Anyway, keep up the reading! I love seeing what others are reading :)

  • Silvia Lace

    I’m more into the fantasy genre so it’s hard for me to deviate, though I’m reading other books for one of my ba courses. I’ll be putting off Jojo Moyes until the summer as I have a hard time with books that make me too emotional. I’m too empathetic for my own good. My twin and I share a kindle, the basic one, but I’m often using my iphone because she doesn’t have a decent smartphone. The kindle voyage sounds like a dream!

  • Inma

    I absolutely loved Marie Kondo’s book. I think beyond the practical tips (which were awesome), I found, like she said, that often you will find your true passion, or realise something important. For me (and this may be oversharing) I realised I had filled my house and life with things that didn’t leave any room for anyone else. As a consequence I tried to make more emotional room for it and shortly after when I started dating someone it felt like a different experience altogether. Four months on it’s still going really well :) I’m not saying this was specifically because of this book, but it was an important lesson.

    Inma x

    • Allison Anderson

      Good for you! It’s interesting how once you begin to change your relationship with possessions, it affects the dynamic of other areas in your life.

  • rchiariello

    I didn’t get the hype with Kondo’s book. I found “Throw Out Fifty Things” by Gail Blanke to be much more helpful.

    • Allison Anderson

      I haven’t heard of that one! I’ll have to check it out.

  • Kiss & Make-up

    None of these titles sound familiar to me, but the first story sound intriguing.

  • Rachel

    Lovely choices, I didn’t know Liane Moriarty came out with another one.. Something to add to my list!
    I’ve been reading A Little Life and Hanya Yanagihara and it’s dark but somehow so captivating! Def recommend.

  • Kerry

    I loved you before me, and didn’t realize there was a movie coming out! I just finished the nightingale, and have been posting book reviews on my blog –

    • Kerry

      Hahah me before you!

  • Aislinn Leonard

    I just started reading After You, and while it took me a good year to get over Me Before You, I was ready to take a new adventure with Louisa. Highly recommend so far!

  • Brittany

    I’ve been trying to go completely digital with my books recently and so far I’ve managed not purchase and new paper copies (they’re just so hard to resist). I’ve been inspired by how you managed to downsize. It is a goal of my to great rid of all of the stuff I don’t use! It just takes up space and causes clutter. It’s time for me to donate the books I’ve already read!

    Brittany |

  • ChynnaBlue

    I am reading The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party’s Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House, by McKay Coppins. I’ve really enjoyed it so far. I’m learning a lot of things I didn’t know about some of the big players and I really like that’s it’s making me reevaluate some of my thoughts on them. Aside from the section on Donald Trump, who has tried to ruin Coppins for an article he wrote that Trump did not like, the book feels very fair and unbiased, which is difficult to find in a book about politics.