10 Books To Read Now, Volume 1

2018-06-08T11:13:57-05:00June 7th, 2018|Life|17 Comments

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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1. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

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).

 

2. You Are A Badass

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.

 

 

3. Lincoln in the Bardo

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.

 

4. The Woman In Cabin 10

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!

 

5. A Man Called Ove

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.

 

6. The Alchemist

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 🙂

 

 

7. A Quiet Life in the Country

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!

 

8. Little Fires Everywhere

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.

 

9. The Wicked Deep

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!)

 

10 Books To Read Right Now, Volume 1

17 Comments

  1. Samantha June 7, 2018 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Love the list! I also made the resolution to read more, and while I think I am still reading more than last year I would like to be reading even more! I’ve seen the Blog Inc. book before but have never read it, I think I will try!

  2. Kristen Kavan June 7, 2018 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    well, I just added all of these to my reading list! I LOVED Little Fires Everywhere!

  3. Apryl @ Money Wise Steward June 7, 2018 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    I’m so bad at reading books. I always plan to read one and then I run out of time. Thanks for the list. These are great suggestions!

  4. Sam @ The Haunted Housewife June 7, 2018 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    I loved You Are A Badass, I think I’ve read Blog Inc and I’m totally interested in the Alchemist! I’m glad you liked it!

  5. Sheree June 7, 2018 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    This is a great list of books, I have been looking for something new to read so i will remember this list and try one, thanks for sharing!

    ~xo Sheree
    poshclassymom.com

  6. Sharon June 7, 2018 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on meeting your goal and beyond! I will have to add many of these to my list. #1 looks really good.

  7. Beau Bazar June 8, 2018 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Awesome list! Thank you so much for putting this together! Can’t wait to read some of these!

  8. Meygan June 11, 2018 at 11:19 am - Reply

    Amazing! I’m going to add these to my reading list for my next trip! Thank you.

  9. Kelsey June 11, 2018 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Love the list! Can’t wait to read some of these pool-side this summer!

  10. Erika Lancaster June 11, 2018 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Good list! I’ve read a couple of these books and I really must get my hands on Blog, Inc. ! Been blogging for almost a year now, and it’s been quite a ride!

  11. Lauren June 11, 2018 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    What a great post! I was just looking for a new book last night! Now I can add these all to the list! You may also like my recent post (similar subject) and great info on how to get these books on a discount! https://livebythesunshine.com/top-9-books-to-buy-from-abebooks-com/

    Lauren
    https://livebythesunshine.com

  12. Elaine June 11, 2018 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Read Woman in Cabin 10. Going to check out the other books.

    • Megan June 12, 2018 at 6:46 am - Reply

      Did you like it?!

  13. Sara | mshealthesteem.com June 18, 2018 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Lots of awesome options! Thank you for making my ‘to read’ list even bigger (total book nerd over here!) I’m especially excited about The Wicked Deep! It sounds like my kind of book! Getting a copy asap ^^

  14. Roxanne | For Another Time June 18, 2018 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Always on the lookout for new, good books to read. I was happy to see a few I’ve been debating on here; makes me feel like they WOULD be good reads after all! 🙂 Thanks!

  15. Echo June 18, 2018 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    This is a great list of books. I already have 3 of these on my TBR list. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to actually pick them up from the library.

  16. Mistle July 24, 2018 at 11:01 am - Reply

    I have only read one of these books so far. I loved The Woman In Cabin 10. It was not exactly what I had expected but I had somewhat of a guess as to who was involved with it. Crazy!! I am a huge lover of reading mysteries,etc. Great suggestions!!

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