Reflecting on 2018 Goals & Setting 2019 Goals

December 28, 2018

As I pondered the goals I wished to set for this upcoming year and reflected on my resolutions for 2018 that I created around this time last year, I thought it might be interesting to evaluate my 2018 goals and analyze which techniques worked and which did not in hopes of creating more achievable resolutions for 2019. The image below is of my new year's resolutions for 2018.

Best Memories of 2018

December 26, 2018

Books I Read in 2018 (for pleasure)

December 24, 2018

1. The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown

I absolutely loved The Boys in the Boat. The story alone is absolutely incredible, and the author does a beautiful job capturing the story and delivering it to the reader in a truly meaningful way. 

2. We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart

This novel I actually finished in a single day, partly because it was a fairly easy read but also because it was incredibly engaging.

3. Ape House, by Sarah Gruen

Read my review HERE.

4. Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen

Read my review HERE.

5. The Diary of Anne Frank

I have always wanted to read the dairy of Anne Frank and finally got around to it this summer. It is fascinating to learn about what life was like for Anne, a young Jewish girl, living in secret at the time of World War II. While it is an absolutely incredible read not only because you learn so much about what the war was actually like from a perspective of a young Jewish girl but also because Anne has such a strong personality and her love for writing truly shows in her diary, it is somewhat difficult to read, especially toward the end, because we know of her eventual capture and terrible death.

6. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika L. Sanchez

This novel is very similar to one mentioned below, The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. A young adult novel, it explores themes of self-identity and what it means to grow up as a Mexican-American.

7. And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini is one of my all time favorite authors. I highly recommend reading this novel as well as his others, The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.

8. Let the Great World Spin, by Colum McCann

Let the Great World Spin was another incredible read. Set in New York City in 1974, McCann's novel is multi-narrative that beautifully weaves together stories from disparate characters and captures both the beauty and ugliness of NYC life in the 1970's.

9. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give is a must read young adult novel focused on a teenage girl split between two separate worlds. Grappling with the death of her friend who was killed from police brutality, Thomas meaningfully paints a powerful narrative that delves into systemic racism and promotes youth activism. 

10. Shattered Secrets, by Karen Harper

I actually picked this book up at a flea market for only a couple of dollars. While it was not one of my favorites, it was an easy, enjoyable read.