For my entire life, I have always been an active reader. For me, it’s been a nice, relaxing escape from reality—something that I have come to appreciate much more as life gets busier. However, with a packed schedule, I’m lucky if I get through a few pages (or maybe even a chapter) a night. The result is that it takes me quite a long time to get through a book.
One thing I enjoy about the holidays is having more time to curl up with a good book. In my family, we oftentimes have a good amount of downtime as food is being prepared or people are lounging around and enjoying each other’s company. As such, I always stock up my Kindle with a few good reads, in the hopes that I’ll be able to knock one (or hopefully two) out during my week away from the office.
Here’s what we’re reading:
Kristi: I am currently reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth. For those not familiar with the Divergent series, this is the second book of the trilogy. I always get sucked into book series and often keep reading “just to see what happens.” I am not particularly raving about this young adult sci-fi read, but it does keep me flipping through my Kindle.
I recently finished reading Winter of the World (yet another trilogy series) by Ken Follett. This is the second book of a trilogy series that covers a number of characters over a century of time. Not for the faint of heart, this 960-page beast (and its companion books) requires a major reading commitment.
I like to diversify what I read, and jump from different genres and writing tones. For me, it keeps me interested.
Meredith: The holidays are the perfect time for me to catch up on my favorite magazines–LA Magazine, Bon Appetite, and Cooking Light–to name a few. During much of the busy year, I’m often able to flip through magazines and fold over pages of recipes I want to try and articles I want to come back to later. But during the holidays, life slows down a bit and I finally get to catch up. I look forward to the moments when I can cozy up on the couch and actually read the articles (rather than skimming) and pull out recipes to test on family and friends. This holiday, I am eagerly awaiting the chance to break them open!
Bri: This month I’m reading Strengths Finder by #1 NYT bestselling author Tom Rath. So often people focus on improving their shortcomings or ‘areas for improvement.’ This little book is big on identifying strengths and making the most of them. As you might’ve guessed, this is a work-related read, but it’s also a fun one. This book is actually a holiday gift that was sent from my manager to his team. At the end of the book, my colleagues and I will take a Strengths Finder online assessment, and then we’ll discuss our various strengths and how we can use them to increase team productivity.
Outside of work, I just started reading the Dresden Files series of contemporary fantasy/mystery novels written by Jim Butcher that tells the story of Chicago’s first Wizard P.I. I love books about magic. If you do too, then I would also recommend the Harry Potter series and The Magicians series.
Let us know if you have a good read that you are focusing on for the winter holidays!