Let's talk BOOKS! I was on a major reading kick this summer and fall (I alternated between grief books and light chick lit reads....kinda the perfect metaphor to my 2016). I sort of slacked off toward the end of the year but I caught up over the break I read through a big stack of magazines (I like Glamour, People, Parents, Food Network, and sometimes US Weekly), the book We Have Your Daughter about Jon Benet, The Winter Season by Elin Hilderbrand, Settle for More by Megyn Kelly, and I'm currently reading Goodnight No One by my go--to fave, Jennifer Weiner. I have Lone Wolf by Jodi Piccoult on my nightstand currently as well. I have big reading goals for this year and here are some on my must read list.....
1. The Circle by Dave Eggers: A friend (hey Tracy!) recommended this one to me and I am excited to read it. It seems like a sleek, interesting read about a young woman who works for an Internet company where odd things start to happen. Perfect one to get lost in on a winter weekend (big blanket and fave Nike sweats mandatory).
2. Ruthless by Ronald Miscavige: I have hopped on board the Scientology train (no, not to join, who do you think I am, Tom Cruise?) and after Leah Remini's fascinating docu-series, I am so interested in what is happening in this crazy world of Scientology. The head of Scientology's father wrote this tell-all about life on the inside. Unique lifestyles (I am also fascinated by polygamy) make for very interesting reads! I just know this is one I won't be able to stop reading or talking about. This one will most likely be devoured late into the night and opened again first thing in the morning.
3. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick: Tina Fey's book "Bossy Pants" started me on my love of celebrity autobiographies. While Anna Kendrick follows the lead of Anne Hathaway in my book as "gives good performances but also slightly annoying," I am excited to read her book and love love love stories told through series of short vignettes. I may save this one for the spring time because it seems like the perfect "backyard with a glass of pinot when the weather warms" read.
4. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist: Shauna's devotional, "Savor" has changed my life. I love her wit, wisdom, and guidance, all wrapped up in practical biblical application. Her newest book seems like it was written just for me. The back reads, "I've learned a way to live, marked by love, rest, and play and it's changing everything." I'd like a highlighter, an epsom salt bath, and a journal close by for this one.
5. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion: This book is about the author's experience with the loss of her husband. I love reading about the way other people have navigated their way through life after loss and the work of grief. I'm pretty sure I'll need kleenix and Hadley's photo album to get through this one.
6. The Magnolia Story: It's no secret I love Chip and Joanna Gaines. Their style (give me all the whitewash, shiplap, and rustic!) and their marriage inspires me. A friend was telling me this is a great book to listen to on audio because it's read by the Chip and Jo. I get the feeling I'll take the long way home with this playing in my car.
7. The Clasp by Sloane Crosley: I read Crosley's book of short vignettes about her life (told you I love that), "I Was Told There Would Be Cake" in college and I honestly still remember and think about certain stories in that book. Goodreads says: "Heartfelt, suspenseful, and told with Sloane Crosley’s inimitable spark and wit, The Clasp is a story of friends struggling to fit together now that their lives haven’t gone as planned, of how to separate the real from the fake." There may be many early bed times as I snuggle under the covers with a mug of chai and this read.
8. The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewell: The description of this book reminds me so much of my beloved Liane Moriarty books--a family who appears perfect but underneath lies deception and drama. Oh yeah. This seems to me a coffee shop read....just one more page and one more refill....
9. Elin Hilderbrand anything: I mentioned earlier I read my first Hilderbrand over Christmas break and enjoyed it. I have been told by so many people that I would enjoy these fun, beachy reads. Nothing like a little light chick lit to ring in spring break. I have two small trips planned for early 2017 and Hilderbrand reads seem like the perfect flight companion.
10. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover: As much as I love heartfelt, relatable, cute reads....I need some drrrrrammmma too. This book seems like an intense, powerful, suspenseful ride. Sign me up. Amazon says, "Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price." I can see myself devouring this one in the living room and AJ keeps asking me to come up to bed....one more...page.
Whew! That's ten reads I have my eyes on and I know there will be many more as the year goes on. What are you looking forward to reading in 2017?! Grab a bookmark and get going!