At the beginning of this year, I set a goal to read 18 books. With a baby and a busy work schedule January didn’t go as well as I’d hoped. But I wasn’t going to let a slow start get me down.

I started out 2021 reading The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. I’m still reading The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. It’s a great book and I’ve enjoyed reading it. Physically reading a book is just taking me a bit longer than normal. I actually recommended the book to my Nana, who is already finished reading it! Since reading was taking so long, I decided to replace my podcast listening for a while with audiobooks.

Man. This was a game changer!

So far, I’ve listened to Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, Start with Why by Simon Sinek, and I’m currently listening to Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton.

If you’re into the classics, I highly recommend this version of Wuthering Heights. Performed by Joanne Froggatt of Downton Abbey, the audio flows effortlessly and the listener is truly transported to a different time and place. I have to admit that I did speed up the audio about halfway through. I have a feeling I’ll be doing this often, because while I enjoy drifting away into a good book, I’m also pretty impatient.

Start with Why was my business book for the month of February. After listening to the audio book, I also listened to his episode on Brené Brown’s podcast, Dare to Lead. The two coupled together helped me put together my “why”. The book itself was more corporate than I anticipated, but the lessons can be applied personally and professionally, even if you’re not running a Fortune 500 company.

And finally, Next Year in Havana. I’m holding on to my critique of this book until I’m finished. I have about 4 hours left. Recently I watched Cuba and the Camera Man on Netflix and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The perspective of this documentary, paired with the experiences shared in the book are quite striking. There is so much I don’t know about Cuba and both the documentary and the book are making me want to know more.

What do you think should be next on my list to read or listen to? I have quite a ways to go to get to my goal 🙂

Mayan Rohrer