I have always been a reader. There were a few years where I didn’t get to read much for pleasure – during college, during grad school, and during the crazy days of having twin babies. But, other than that, I tend to have a book going at all times.
This year I read around 50 books. I say “around” because I try to type them all in my phone but I know I missed a few and there were some I abandoned because life is too short to read a bad book!
When do I have time to read now? I definitely read more on my school breaks but I usually make time for reading every weekend. Sometimes I will just sit and read while my husband watches sports or something I’m not into. I also take a book when waiting for a son to get out of an activity. I find this more satisfying than looking at my phone and I think it’s better for my mental health!
I am also in a book club where we meet about 9 months of the year and read one book a month. It’s a lot of fun and you can start one, too, if this is your type of thing!
I only bought one book in 2018! I get all of my books at the local public library. When I see a book rec, I immediately request it from my library and pick it up when it’s ready for me. I do this for two reasons: 1) the money – when you read 50ish books a year it could cost $500-1000 dollars that could be spent on clothes and shoes! and 2) the space – I just don’t have room for the books and I don’t plan to read them again.
I think I will only list the books that I would recommend to you. So, you will not see all 50ish of the books I read, but I will go in order starting with January of 2018. Also, I like mostly fiction, chick lit, and historical fiction. I also like to read seasonally – Christmas books in December, beach reads in the summer, etc.
Authors I liked this year: Colleen Hoover, Kristen Hannah, Ann Hood, Elizabeth Berg, Kristan Higgins, Elin Hildebrand
Fitness Junkie by Jo Piazza and Lucy Sykes (cute, fun January read about the lengths people will go to to stay fit and young)
The Book that Matters Most by Ann Hood (this book totally surprised me and is worth your time!)
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman (kind of like a female Sheldon from Big Bang – very cute)
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover (my first book club book for new book club in 2018 – everyone read it and everyone had lots to discuss about it, but an easy, quick read)
Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgins (just a cute, fun read – her books are like Hallmark movies)
The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion (kind of like a male version of Eleanor O. – don’t read these too close together in my opinion)
The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine (i loved this – another book club book)
The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah (WWII but really good!)
Still Me by Jojo Moyes (part of a series so you should read all 3 I think!)
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (I liked The Last Mrs. Parrish better and they had a lot of similarities)
Other Books that I enjoyed:
The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin
Match Made in Manhattan by Amanda Stauffer
Heat Wave by Nancy Thayer
The Perfect Couple by Elin Hildebrand
My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg
All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
If you have any suggestions for me, please let me know!