This year I read nine of the books on my reading list for the year. I had time to read three more books which were not on my list – Love of Learning: Supporting Intrinsic Motivation in Montessori Students, The Advanced Montessori Method I, and Storm of Swords.
Did Not Finish: The only book on my list I did not finish was Crete. I enjoyed Antony Beevor’s Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, but could not get into this book. I felt there was a lot of extraneous information which distracted from the main topic of the book.
Not Recommended: Three books I disliked were The Martian, From Childhood to Adolescence, and To Conquer the Air. I felt The Martian was extremely over-hyped. It was one character discussing his thoughts aloud in math and science terms I did not completely understand. Andy Weir is a fine nerd, but not a great author. Maria Montessori has several books which are more insightful. I believe To Conquer the Air introduces too many characters and their back story unnecessarily.
Recommended: I would recommend several books that I read this year, depending on your mood:
Top Four Favourites (in no particular order)
Clash of Kings and Storm of Swords – I was vested in the TV series, so I decided to start the book series last year. When I was younger I read more fantasy and George R.R. Martin quenches my need.
Love of Learning – A short read packed with many ideas which reinforce Maria Montessori’s philosophy and guidelines.
All the Quiet Places – This book is a bit over the top and predictable but I was drawn into it for some reason. It is a book about the difficult topics of death and suicide with likable characters.
Stay tuned for my 2019 Reading List which will posted in early January!