One of my New Years’ Resolutions was to read as many books in 2018 as I possibly can! At the pace I’m currently reading, I’m on track to read more books than I’ve ever read in a single year.
I am extremely proud of myself for keeping to this goal – although it’s been pretty easy with the books I’ve chosen to read on this journey. A few have taken me a bit of time to get into, and one I just quit altogether after about 150 pages, but the rest have just been so intriguing that I didn’t want to stop. If you’re looking for some new titles to add to your summer reading list, check out some of these:
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I freaking adored everything about this book. When I was younger, and the teacher let us choose our own topic for a 5 paragraph essay – I always wrote about Marilyn Monroe. In college, I had Marilyn Monroe pictures all over my apartment. I have so many books and magazines about her life that I just don’t want to throw away. I have an empty wine bottle collection of Marilyn Merlots (thanks to my awesome wine-o friends!!). If you like glam queens like Marilyn, Aubrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Betty Grable, etc. then you’ll love this book!
Follow fictitious Hollywood Icon Evelyn Hugo down memory lane as she recites her past to unknown magazine reporter, Monique. (Sidenote: the Amazon link has a new cover for the book than what I bought! I love that they’re keeping things fresh).
If I’m being completely honest, I’m much more of a fiction reader. I’ve read a few non-fiction books, of course, but my preference is fiction. Having said that, I found this book extremely enlightening and helpful. I probably wouldn’t have even started a blog without having read this! Jen Sincero does a great job at giving examples and explaining how she’s seen people go after what they want to achieve. It makes you feel like you really can achieve your goals with confidence.
Okay, this is the one I stopped reading 150 pages in. I mean, I made it 150 pages and still wasn’t feeling it! BUT it has received so many accolades! It was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year, by The Washington Post, USA Today, and Maureen Corrigan of NPR. It’s a #1 New York Times Best Seller, and winner of the Man Booker Prize. So, don’t let me deter you from reading it. I had a hard time following the story. It’s written in a conversational manner, with multiple people’s accounts of each scenario. At one point, the author goes to explain details of a scene (viewed by the different characters) and one line says something about ‘the moon was bright and full that night’ (paraphrasing) to the very next line ‘there was no moon that night’. I get it. Realistically people would have the same recollection, but I just couldn’t do it.
The story follows President Lincoln’s 11-year-old son’s soul on his way to heaven after he passes away, and his struggle of wanting to stay as a ghost versus moving on. I will probably attempt this one again in the future, but for now, I’m fine with leaving it half-read.
Apparently I am really into suspenseful novels. I found this book pretty interesting! Of course during the suspense of a book you draw your own conclusions whilst reading – and honestly I think I had a pretty good scenario worked out in my imagination. The end scenario wasn’t exactly what I expecting, but that’s never a bad thing! I’ve always wanted to be paid to travel, and after this book I’m kind of reconsidering that “dream job”.
A journalist is pretty sure she witnesses a murder while traveling on an exclusive cruise ship for work, but she can’t be certain. After inquiring with the staff about what she witnessed, weird things start to happen to her. With her cell phone and wifi both out of service, her friends and family start to get concerned. I won’t say anymore, just read it!
I know, I know, this book has been out for a while. Part of my making this New Years’ Resolution was that there were a ton of books that I really wanted to read, but never just sat down and did it. It took a minute to get into this book (about 20 pages), but then the story at page 21 – geesh! The story took a turn and immediately kept me interested. Ove is such a cute old man. I kept thinking of him as the old man from UP. I cried at the end of the book! I’m a cryer though, so I can’t promise you’ll cry, too.
There’s also an Amazon Original movie based on this book. It’s in Swedish, but my husband even enjoyed it, and he didn’t read the book! The movie is fairly similar to the book, with only a few of my favorite parts left out. I’ve also read that Tom Hanks is producing an English-adaptation.
This is another one of those that came out a few years ago. This is like, a fiction-version of “You are a Badass”. The story follows Santiago, a Shepard who changes his life’s path to follow his destiny. His journey is led by his spirituality and the universe sending signs. It’s a very quick read, and definitely worth picking up! Again, this book probably attributed a bit to my starting this blog! Follow your heart 🙂
I’m a Graphic Designer by day, so I am always drawn to good design. I loved the cover of this book, which is probably why I picked it up in the first place. It ended up being surprisingly fun, and part of a series I plan to finish in the future! A woman named Lady Hardcastle and her lady’s maid, Florence Armstrong, leave a busy life of escaping death and bad guys for a quiet life in the country. Of course their first day in their new house they come across a murder-mystery. It’s a very fun book, and I encourage you to read it! While I was reading it, I was imagining Lady Hardcastle as Meryl Streep (just sayin’, if anyone’s doing a movie/TV adaptation, she’d be perfect!). I have a few other books on my short list, but like I said, I definitely plan on reading the rest of the books in the series!
This was one of those books that took me a little bit to get into. And even after I did, I still wasn’t entirely impressed. Everybody loves this book, and it’s on all of the “Top Books to Read This Year” and “Women Empowerment” lists. I would have had serious FOMO if I wouldn’t have read it, however the story was very slow in my opinion. Right off the bat, you’re introduced to conflict, and I started to think that it’s going to be like that the entire book – then about 5 pages in I was a little bored.
It’s a story that takes place when an artist with a past and her daughter move to a cookie-cutter suburb. They rent an apartment from a hoity-toity journalist, and events occur that intertwine members of each family. Both become involved in a high-profile case that has the town divided, and the journalist uncovers pieces of the artist’s past that could destroy her. It’s a pretty interesting read, but kind of slow.
I really, really, really enjoyed this book! I read it in 3 days! It’s a darker version of Practical Magic meets Hocus Pocus meets Salem Witch Trials, with more sirens (the evil water people) and ghosts. I can honestly say I didn’t see a lot of the second half of the book coming. If you’re into any of the aforementioned topics, you should pick this up ASAP.
The story follows three sisters with a 200 year old curse, and a town that has created an economy around the tourism exploiting that curse. There’s love, friendship, death, tough decisions – the whole shebang. It’s kind of creepy, but mostly awesome. I rented this from the library, and I think I may even buy it because I know I’ll want to read it again to get in the Halloween Spirit.
10. Blog Inc.
If you’re even thinking about starting a blog, this is a must read! Blog, Inc was written by one of my favorite bloggers and Instagram Queens: Joy Cho of “Oh Joy!”. This book has helped me realize so many possibilities that blogging opens up. One of my favorite things about this book is that Joy interviews fellow blogging bosses to discuss how they got to where they are, and tips they have for aspiring bloggers. Reading this has altered my blogging strategy, and inspired me to try and find my own creative voice. Even if you’re not looking to start a blog, but instead another small business – I would still grab this book!
Have you read my post about Why You Need a Library Card? (Hint: because buying all of these books would be expensive!)