2021

It's only January, but I look forward to discovering so many new books this year!

Joyful-I've read this already but I have started to read it again. This time, I'm just picking through it though because it's the type of book that makes it easy to do that. Joyful is a just a wonderful book to motivate you in a new year and I will always recommend it.

The Wife Upstairs-Rachel Hawkins-One of those can't put it down, suspenseful thrillers! 

People Like Her-Ellery Lloyd- Social Media, influencers, the highs the lows...a thriller, kind of dark, another hard to put down, need to know what happens book.

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Want to read this year:

The checklist manifesto

Quench

Faye, Faraway

Firefly Lane-I've had this book since summer of 2020, but just saw there is a new series on netflix coming out 2/3 so I'm trying to make my way through it now so I can watch the series! 

The Push- This is GMA's Jan pick. It will hook you from the start. Suspense, thriller, kind of dark...it's a good one you won't be able to put down!

The two lives of Lydia Byrd

This Time Next Year

Girl A-Feb BOTM

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

The Age of Miracles

The Devines

Good Neighbors

Malibu Rising

Everything After

The Shimering State

The Last Thing He Told Me

That Summer

Breathe: the new science of a lost art

Regretting You

The Guest List

The Unexpected Joy of the Ordinary

The Wrong Family

The Midnight Library-Feb 2021. Such a sucker for novel about time travel. Very thought provoking and enjoyable.

Happy Reading...

2020

If Only I Could Tell You (Hannah Beckerman) -TEAR JERKER, but I loved this book.

"it's the greatest trick people play on themselves, allowing their fears to destroy their ambitions."

Chasing The Brightside (Jess Ekstrom)- So Motivational and I loved her story. GREAT book for January

My favorite quote from the book:

"instead of trying to paint the same sunset as the person beside you, find the white space that's untouched"

and then:

"meaningful moments do not need to be validated with likes and comments. They just need to be felt with purpose and passion"

Girl On Fire (Cara Leyba) - short read that I breezed through but I enjoyed the kick in the butt

To Love and Let Go-Rachel Brathen-Another memoir. This was on sale at target and looked like something I may like. Also a kind of sad read but not as tear jerky as the first one listed above.

"Just like the moon, life waxes and wanes in cycles-what comes, must go, and come again-but also, every night the moon rises"

The Scent Keeper(Erica Beaumeister)- This is Reese Witherspoons Feb. book club pick and as soon as I saw that, I put it on hold and it came available so quick! I finished it this past week and truly loved it. It's a great little story and I loved the way this author writes. It's also now available in paperback, but I LOVE the hardcover's cover, don't you?

"I always thought fall was like that, nature tucking everything in"

"words were like scents that way; they changed the very air you breathed"

OOna Out of Order-Margarita Martimore- Such an interesting novel about time travel. One of my big things in 2020 was stepping away from social media. Since Oona goes from one year forward to years back, it was neat how she knew about cell phones, but when she went back in time, she noticed how people were looking up, living their lives instead of being glued to a screen all the time or curating their lives for the internet.

Evie Drake Starts Over-Linda Holmes-Just a kind of feel good easy read for summer.

Still Alice-Lisa Genova-Follow this one with the movie not vice versa. The book is so much better, but it was still neat to watch the movie after. It dives into the seriousness and realness of alzheimers at a young age.

Everything I never told you-Pretty good read. I got this one from a booklist. Not my top choice for 2020, but I enjoyed it.

The Bright Hour-Nina Riggs-A memoir of a woman dying of breast cancer. It was very real and raw.

In Five Years-Rebecca Serle-This was recommended b/c I read OOna out of order. It kept my attention and was interesting. A little twist at the end.

One of my favorite quotes from it:

"you mistake love. You think it has to have a future in order to matter, but it doesn't. It's the only thing that does not need to become at all. It matters only insofar as it exists. Here. Now. Love doesn't require a future."

Untamed-Glennon Doyle- There was a lot to digest from this book. The cover drew me in. Lots of good stuff to write down, but here's one:

"in my thirties, i learned that there is a type of pain in life that i want to feel. It's the inevitable, excruciating, neccessary pain of losing beautiful things: trust, dreams, health, animals, relationships, people. This kind of pain is the price of love, the cost of living a brave open hearted life-and I'll pay it"

I'm taking it way back this month and I've started Ps. I love you (Cecelia Ahern) b/c the sequel 'PostScript' is out now and I can't wait to read it!--UPDATE...I never finsihed PS or started PostScript. Can you believe that. 

January 2019 Reads

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Joyful by Ingrid Fitel Lee

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Fun Formula by Joel Comm

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Lucky Code by Gaynete Edwards

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Feb. Reads

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The Light We Lost by:Jill Santopolo

The Power of Moments by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Ghosted by Rosie Walsh

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A few of the rest of 2019:

Daisy Jones and the Six(taylor jenkins reid)- This was such a fun read for me and I enjoyed following along the bands journey.

The Dreamers(Karen Walker): This was such an interesting book that I had a hard time putting down. It gave me so much to think about.

The Whisper Network(Chandler Baker)-Another Reese Pick in 2019. Nothing earth shattering, but it was a light and easy read.

The Last House Guest(Megan Miranda)-A suspenseful can't put it down type of book. 

Signs:The Secret Language of the Universe(Laura Lynne Jackson)-I find this topic so interesting and it's something I enjoy reading about to mix things up between novels.

What Alice Forgot(Liane Moriarty)-One of my favorite books I read in 2019. Nothing heavy, this one just really stands out to me as one of my favorites last year.

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