Last year, it was twenty books. Doable. Some would even say ‘easy’; however, if you’ve read my last book blog post, you would know that seven of those books came from the month of December alone. I’m still deciding if I should be proud or ashamed of that fact.
This year, I would like to read forty books.
It also shouldn’t surprise you that I’ve thrown myself into reading as many books as humanly possible this month because a) I love it, and b) My university courses start at the end of February, so any ‘free time’ will suddenly be dedicated to reading case law. Fun.
Don’t you want to know what I’ve been sinking my literary teeth into?
It’s Not Okay: Turning Heartbreak Into Happily Never After x Andi Dorfman: I’m guilty of reading this book in a short twenty-four hours. This is the part when I admit to being a die-hard Bachelor fan, ok? The book had some juicy secrets from the show and I’m a sucker for that stuff. The book itself was easy enough to (binge) read, clearly. The content, however, was something else. Regardless of how a person feels, I would never reduce an ex to a number or admit to drinking that much wine in a tell-all book. Possibly worth a read if you’re a die-hard Bachelor fan like me, otherwise give this book a miss.
You Are Here: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds x Jenny Lawson: I was excited about this book because it had such high ratings on Goodreads. For me, however, this book missed the mark. The images were absolutely amazing, but I found the writing, whilst okay, distracted from the beauty of the imagery. Many, many people have loved this book, so maybe I missed the point. Personally, I would skip this book unless you’ve read her other works or know more about her background.
Work in Progress x Connor Franta: I’m probably living under a rock, but I’ve never heard of this boy before, so I’m not quite sure how I came to read his book. But I loved it. He had some good points and managed to intertwine it with humor, grace, and relatability. I loved reading about his life (because I’m nosy af) but I feel like some people wouldn’t appreciate reading a me-me-me book like this unless they were already invested/interested in the person themselves. That being said, it’s still worth a read if you like a book that you can read while drinking a cup of coffee. This is the book for you.
Wait, What?: And Life’s Other Essential Questions x James E. Ryan: This book blew my mind. It was simple but made you really think about what you do as a human. Specifically, what questions you ask (or don’t ask) and how much you actually listen to during a conversation. Each chapter is based on a question you should be asking and it explains how the question – and answers – can help you be a better human. Essentially. I definitely, definitely recommend this one.
How to Murder Your Life x Cat Marnell: This book was good. I’m interested in social media, public relations, magazines, and the publishing world, so that’s how I was initially hooked. It quickly dives deep into her history, specifically, with drugs. This is where I struggled, simply because I am anti-drugs. The drug portion of it is pretty repetitive, but the end of the book makes it all worth it. It has a surprisingly heart-warming and emotional ending that I wasn’t prepared for. Definitely worth a read if you know of Cat Marnell or have an interest in the magazine or publishing industry.
Self-Care for the Real World: Practical self-care advice for everyday life x Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips: This book is one that you should have on your coffee table. It’s compact, easy to read, and has relevant tips that can be applied immediately and aren’t overwhelming for the reader. It’s a winner.
Here’s hoping 2019 brings more coffee, more laughter, and many, many more books!