Hi friends! Happy New Year!
Now that the wedding season of my life and holidays are finally behind me, I can finally get back to a normal routine. It’s been a while since I have really experienced “down time” but I see a lot more of it in my future! (happy dance!)
Last January, when I was being overwhelmed by blog life and social media, I set a reading goal for myself to encourage burying my face in something other than my phone. It was so easy for me to get distracted by notifications of emails, social media, and the random wedding ideas that I HAD to “pinterest” (used in verb form) at that exact moment. I needed a good old fashioned paper book… something to hold and get lost in. I set a reading challenge goal for 1 book per month for the year. In January I was thinking, “make an attainable goal” and one book per month was just what I needed. Did I hit my goal? Nope! It seems I underestimated just how busy my year was going to be. Overall, I finished 11 books and I’m okay with that!
Here are the books I finished in 2017 along with my ratings.
Grace, Not Perfection (Emily Ley) 5*****
Woman in Cabin 10 (Ruth Ware) 4****
Dark Places (Gillian Flynn) 4****
The Zookeeper’s Wife (Diane Ackerman) 1*
Lucky You: A Novel (Erika Carter) 3***
Truly Madly Guilty (Liane Moriarty) 4****
The Grownup (Gillian Flynn) 5*****
A Man Called Ove (Fredrik Backman) 2**
Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty) 4****
How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie) 2**
Sharp Objects (Gillian Flynn) 5*****
In 2018 I have increased my reading challenge goal to 15 books. I have no doubt I will manage to hit this goal… as I have a VERY large list of books I am dying to read. If you are on Goodreads, let’s connect! I love seeing what everyone else is reading and their feelings on the books before I get to them.
Here are some of the books I have on my list for this year…
A Simplified Life (Emily Ley)
In a Dark, Dark Wood (Ruth Ware)
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (Neil deGrasse Tyson)
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (Bryn Greenwood)
Final Girls (Riley Sager)
The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown)
All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
I would love to hear some of your thoughts on my list as well as any you think I should add!