I LOVE to read. It’s been a hobby of mine as long as I can remember. I was the kid in school who got excited for silent reading, class trips to the library, and the fall book fair?
I wanted to create a blog post for my reading list because I made a goal to read at least one book each month this year. I shared my goal with you guys on my vision board for 2020 (click here for that blog post), So I thought I should share what the heck I’m actually reading over here too!
Just to warn you…my book selection is SO RANDOM! I don’t care what year it was published, or what the genre is. If it sounds good…I’ll try it! Because our opinions of books are all subjective, my goal here isn’t to “review” the books I’m reading. It’s just to share a few thoughts about them in case they sound like your kind of thing ?.
Okay, Let’s talk about some books!
My 2020 Reading list:
“City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert (Historical Fiction, Romance Novel)
I had actually already read this book once last fall, but decided to read it again because I loved the nostalgic feel of it so much. It is set in 1940’s New York City, and I love it when books take you back to a time you wish you could actually experience (for a bit at least!). Vivian, our leading lady, is a young “well to do” girl who gets kicked out of her fancy college freshman year. Her parents send her to live in NY with her aunt who runs a theater that’s barely keeping the doors open…after all it is World War II. The eccentric cast of characters thoroughly entertained me, and so did Vivian’s wild (sometimes promiscuous) adventures as she learns how to take on the big city.
“The Wedding” by Nicholas Sparks (Romance Novel)
Don’t we all love a Nicholas Sparks novel? I think I read this one in two days! If you haven’t read “The Notebook” (what?!) read that first, because “The Wedding” follows Noah and Allie’s son in law, Wilson, as he tries to rekindle the romance in his 30-year marriage to their daughter Jane.
The story follows the couple as they help to plan their own daughter’s wedding. All the planning and prep brings to light how much they have grown apart over the years. I loved following along as Wilson makes efforts to win back his wife’s heart. There are unexpected twists that got me, and it’s really just so sweet. Even though I haven’t raised babies and had a long marriage yet, I still found it extremely relatable, reminding me to never stop putting in the work!
“Mindfulness” by Gill Hasson (Self Help)
This was a book I read in the mornings out on the back deck with a cup of coffee. Ahhhh so zen! I’m not gonna lie- although I enjoy self-help books, they aren’t as easy of a read for me as other genres. Sometimes because they are breaking down so much information, I like to also use Audible. I will follow along as the audiobook plays and I feel like I can retain the information better. I feel Ironic admitting that it’s hard for me to focus when I’m talking about reading a book about being mindful? but honest! This book really did teach me how to identify and be aware of mindfulness. It made me realize that multitasking isn’t always a good thing. It’s nice to focus on one thing you are actually doing and find enjoyment in it.
“Open Book” by Jessica Simpson (Autobiography)
When I saw Jessica (pretending like I’m on a first name basis lol!) post a photo last year about how she was writing a book I was so excited! I love a good celebrity tell-all or memoir, and I have always liked Jessica Simpson’s lighthearted personality. She doesn’t get enough credit for how smart she is in my opinion. I mean the woman runs an entire empire!
Honestly, this book was even better than I thought it was going to be. It’s the perfect mix of stories about her life in the public eye and her more private and vulnerable side. With juicy details about her celebrity dating history, the music and reality TV industry, family troubles, sexual abuse, and her struggle with alcohol. I think it’s a must-read if you are a fan of hers.
“Where The Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (Mystery Novel)
Whatever you are doing…STOP. Click the link above to buy this book. Ladies, this is the best love story and mystery novel I’ve read in a long time.
This story takes place in North Carolina on the coast in 1952 but flashes back and forth to the future. At first, I found this confusing but a few chapters in and you’ll understand!
We follow Kya (A.K.A “the marsh girl”) as she grows up basically raising herself in the marsh. I love the way the author builds Kya’s character. You get SO INVESTED in her. I found myself crying a few times just feeling for her. You follow her through so much; learning to take care of herself, coming of age, judgment, falling in love, and various challenges. I love it when books suck you in like that!
When a popular young man in town ends up dead, everyone suspects Kya. I don’t want to give any spoiler alerts, but trust me the pages will start to turn so fast! I was dying to find out the truth about what really happened and you will be too!
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PLEASE comment below what you are reading or what you think WE should read. I really hope for this page to be a conversation among friends!