This year I have set out to read 15 books! When I think about this number, it sounds pretty low and insignificant. But, if I’m being real, it’s probably going to take a lot of effort to reach that number! Not because I don’t like to read. In fact, reading is probably my most favorite thing to do. I am the definition of a bookworm. It’s how I unwind, but also how I learn best. That being said, since I’ve become a mom, reading has unfortunately taken a back seat. But not this year! This year, I’m going to make sure that I make reading a priority.
Ideally, I’d love for the 15 books to be a mix between personal development books and lighthearted, fictional books. In the past, I’ve gravitated towards Nicholas Sparks, Jodi Picoult, and fiction having to do with World War II (The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is amazing!) As far as personal development books go, I’ve loved Girl Wash Your Face and You’re a Bada$$ at Making Money!
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PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT BOOKS
Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals – Rachel Hollis
If you haven’t jumped on the Rachel Hollis bandwagon just yet, go do it and read her other book: Girl, Wash Your Face. It was extremely inspirational, but more importantly, it was so relatable! I’m so looking forward to reading this one when it comes out in March.
The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod
I’m actually already halfway through this one and it’s really been the backbone to a lot of the changes I’m making this year. I won’t spoil it for you, but the idea is to wake up an hour earlier than you typically do and get a fresh start to your day with some much needed “me time.”
100 Days to Brave – Annie F. Downs
I just started this devotional and plan on incorporating it into my morning routine. I’m going to start waking up 1 hour before the kids and making time for me. I’m thinking it is going to include 20 mins to read and reflect, 20-30 mins to workout, and 10-15 mins of working on my blog. This is the first book I plan to work through!
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up- Marie Kondo
Like many others, I too jumped on the bandwagon when Netflix released Marie Kondo’s new show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Since then, I’ve done a few things here and there to apply what I’ve learned in the few episodes I’ve watched. However, I’ve heard from people who have read the book, that it’s worth it to read the book. So of course, it’s going on the list!
Still Me – Jojo Moyes
I read her first book, Me Before You, and then of course saw the movie starring the beautiful Emilia Clarke! If you haven’t read it, be warned that it is a tear jerker! I’m looking forward to reading the sequels (there’s actually another an additional sequel – After You, that I have to read as well).
See Me – Nicholas Sparks
A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Safe Haven, Dear John…the list goes on and on! I have read ALMOST every Nicholas Sparks book out there. I am a little behind because I haven’t prioritized reading for the past 2 years or so I am catching up on the books I’ve missed and I am starting with this one. It’s already purchased and all I have to do is dive in.
All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doeer
My favorite kinds of books to read have to do with World War II. The summer after my junior year in college, Lou and I did a two week study abroad trip to France! The two classes – one art and one history – focused on World War II. From that point on, I’ve loved everything having to do with World War I and II. One of my all time favorite books is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I’ve heard great things about All The Light We Cannot See and I’m putting it at the top of my list!
What’s on your reading list for the year?! Drop the name of the book in the comments so I can check it out! Also, if you’ve read any of the books above, let me know your thoughts!