2020 Ultimate Coffee Date, and 2019 books

New year, new blog link up? I’ve had good intentions about joining the Ultimate Coffee Date for I don’t know how long, so I’m finally linking up with Deborah and Coco.

If we were having coffee… I’d be drinking ginger tea, my preferred beverage for the last couple days because I brought a head cold home from our holiday visiting. I also caught a mild stomach bug while we were there and then there was that month-long sinus infection not that long ago…so either 1) I’ve had my quota of illness for a while or 2) it’s one of those seasons where I catch every bug that goes around. Fingers crossed for #1.

If we were having coffee… I’d confess I don’t even want to think about New Year’s resolutions this year. Not in a negative way, but because I have plenty (maybe more than plenty) of goals/projects currently in progress. I won’t be starting any new ones just because it’s January!

If we were having coffee… Maybe you’d like to chat about books? I recently browsed my Goodreads year in books, so my favorite reads from last year are fresh in my mind. I was a bit surprised that I only gave four 5-star ratings, but I am pretty picky (and maybe a bit capricious) about that. I read quite a few books that were almost 5-stars, so I’ll give you my 4.5-star books too, just for fun.

5-star books

Exhalation: stories, by Ted Chiang. 

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers. 

The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World, by Jamil Zaki.

Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery, by Christie Aschwanden.

4.5-star books/series

The Steerswoman, by Rosemary Kirstein.

The Priory of the Orange Tree, by Samantha Shannon.

The Raven Tower, by Ann Leckie. The narrator is a rock, and also a god.

Arrive at Easterwine: The Autobiography of a Ktistec Machine, by R.A. Lafferty. In the running for strangest book I have ever read.

The Terra Ignota series, by Ada Palmer.

The Queen’s Thief series, by Megan Whalen Turner.

Range: How Generalists Thrive in a Specialized World, by David Epstein.

Training for the Uphill Athlete: A Manual for Mountain Runners and Ski Mountaineers, by Steve House. (I’ll probably be blogging about this one soon…)

User Friendly: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Way We Live, Work, and Play, by Cliff Kuang. I was thoroughly creeped out by the end of this one (the author is more optimistic than I).

The Undying, by Anne Boyer.

How about you…starting new things, or continuing “in progress” things? Any books to recommend?

19 Comment

  1. Coco says: Reply

    I’m so glad you joined the coffee date — that’s a new habit to keep for 2020 😉 That User Friendly book sounds intriguing. My reading tends towards fiction, but I haven’t read anything in a while. Sorry you’ve caught a lot of bugs – hopefully this is the last of it.
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I tend more to fiction too – I was surprised so much non-fiction made the list.

  2. Farrah says: Reply

    Ginger tea is definitely one of my favorite things to have when I’m sick. I hope it’s #1 for you too!

    I don’t think I rated too many books last year but I’m hoping I’ll get to read some more this year! I’ll have to check out some of your 4.5-5 star ones and maybe add em’ to my never-ending to-read list! :]

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Yes, ginger tea is the best!

  3. Wendy says: Reply

    I’m so glad you’ve joined the coffee date! As far as books go, I’ve read a ton this year and my favorite is still Where the Crawdads Go. It’s fiction but it’s written by an environmentalist and so it’s got that element too. Really an amazing book. Coming up I have 2 interesting running books and a couple of good fiction books. How am I going to fit it all in?

    Happy New Year!!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I’ve heard so much about that one! I should add it to my list.

  4. I am so glad you joined the coffee date! It’s a fun link up. I agree w you on the resolution thing. Wow that’s a lot of books! I mostly read fiction legal thriller type books. I managed to get through 2 of them on vacation last month. Happy New year!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      I am too much of a wimp for any type of thriller!

  5. I’ve actually been more into reading than running this past year, so I appreciated your list of books! -M

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Hope you find something you like!

  6. I will have to peruse your book list at some future time! I spent a lot of time reading about yoga last year . . .

    I do love a new year, I have to admit it. I’m always setting goals, though, so I don’t really consider the new year anything special in that department. But I love a fresh start!

    I hope that you’re feeling better soon, yes, you’ve definitely had more than your fair share.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Oh, I love fresh starts too, but currently I need to finish rather than start!

  7. YAY!!! So glad to see you over tea 🙂 I don’t have any grandiose goals for 2020…I have plenty of “in progress” things, too LOL

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Here’s to finishing the in progress things!

  8. Renée says: Reply

    I love ginger tea! my current fave is ginger + mandarin orange!
    also I’m not doing any goals or resolutions. not right now. maybe at some point.
    I hardly read. I wish I did. I just don’t know how you all read so much, work, sport and blog. I kind of suck at managing my time that way!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      That sounds really good! I read before bed almost every night – it isn’t really my ideal reading time, but that’s where it fits in.

  9. You have some good books there! No changes for me in January, as usual. I have a sort of running goal of managing 2020 km this year but I won’t beat myself up if I don’t make that. Happy 2020!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Happy 2020!

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