Ever since I was little, I've always loved escaping to different worlds through books. In kindergarten, I would read Madeline & Amelia Bedelia. As an elementary school student, I enjoyed reading Ramona & Nancy Drew. In middle school, I devoured The Clique series. As a high school student, I loved The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series & any Sarah Dessen novel.
Now that I'm 23 (almost 24), I am enjoying reading books like The House at the Edge of Night, Big Little Lies, & Truly Madly Guilty. I decided to compose a blog post that I will continually be adding to as I read more books in 2018. If you'd like to pin this post to your Pinterest board to refer back to later, hover over the image above, and you'll see a Pin button in the upper left-hand corner.
Happily Ever After by Harriet Evans - The first time I read this book, I was in late high school or early college. Reading it now, almost two years after I graduated, brought on a whole new meaning to the book. I love books that do that! It's a story that spans a few decades and takes places in England. It follows Eleanor Bee through her career working in publishing. The characters are relatable, the story is heartwarming and funny, and I highly recommend it!
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella - Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors. I was excited to stumble upon this book on a recent trip to Barnes & Noble. Similiar to the first book I read in January, this book follows Katie Brener as an employee of a London advertising agency. She hits a few roadblocks and ends up helping her dad and step-mom open a chic glamping resort. The book has a love story tangled up and is a true coming-of-age novel. Again, I recommend reading this!
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd - I've had this book on my bookshelf for a while and I finally read it! I feel like it is a great coming-of-age novel. It follows Lily Owens and Rosaleen on their quest out of their small South Carolina town. Lily is searching for clues that can help piece together her mother's past. Lily and Rosaleen end up at the home of May, June, and August, a family of beekeeping sisters. There, Lily learns about her past and solidifies her future.
The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor - I got this book from the library and read it in a few days. It takes place in Florida and follows Maeve Donnelly. I feel like this book would be an awesome beach read! After being bitten by a shark as a young girl, Maeve became obsessed with them. She now studies sharks across the world. In between study trips, Maeve heads back to her hometown and finds out that a finning group has moved into the area. The book has a bit of suspense, romance, and heartwarming moments.
Get Better: 15 Proven Practices to Build Effective Relationships at Work by Todd Davis - This month, I challenged myself to read one non-fiction book. I thought a business education book would be great to read before starting my new job. I enjoyed reading this book as it was filled with so many helpful tips about professional relationships in the workplace. I recommend anyone reading it, whether you are still in college or an established professional. I think everyone can find applicable tips to use in their daily lives. I got this book from the library, and I'm thinking about buying it because it was that helpful.
Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella - After I finished reading My Not So Perfect Life, I looked up to see when Sophie Kinsella's next book will be coming out. I was happy to see that it was not that far off from January and super excited when I found this book in my library. The book starts off with Sylvie and Dan finding out that they potentially have 68 more years of being married together. Sylvie suggests they do activities to surprise the other to keep their marriage alive. Well, as you might imagine, surprises don't always go as planned. There is also a side story about the sudden passing of Sylvie's father. The book is filled with cringy, funny, and heartwarming moments.
One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprell - I picked this book up from the library earlier this month and once I started, it was hard to put down! This book takes place over the course of a few days in Rome. It follows the lives of six seemingly different people. I loved this book because I want to travel to Italy one day. After I finished reading, I felt as though I knew the characters in the book personally, and I always love when that happens. This book is perfect to read in the summer months (or whenever you are feeling some major wanderlust).
Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals by Michael Hyatt - If you are looking to get inspired and motivated, this book is for you! Michael Hyatt shares his realistic 5-step plan for achieving goals. Whenever I picked this book up to read in April, I always put it down feeling ready to tackle my goals. I walked away with many actionable steps and am planning on purchasing the book soon to refer back to it.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman - After hearing about the book from Reese Witherspoon's book club (follow the Instagram if you are a book lover like me), I was happy to find it in the Concord Bookshop a few weeks ago during a weekend getaway. The book begins with Eleanor stuck in her self-deprecating thoughts and very lonely. Throughout the chapters, you start to get a sense of her past and why she is so guarded. The turning point arrives when she makes an unlikely acquaintance who shows her what it means to have a friend and be one. Overall, I thought the book was very heartwarming, and I loved seeing the transformation that Eleanor made. She goes through some challenging moments but is able to rise from them stronger. I heard that Reese Witherspoon will be turning the book into a movie!
The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza - I picked this book up from the Barnes & Noble bargain price section and brought it on my recent trip to Maine. I really enjoyed it! It had a Devil Wears Prada mixed with The Intern movie vibe. The key takeaway that I took from the book was to persist through hard times and change because it all works out in the end. Imogen Tate is the editor-in-chief of the fictitious Glossy magazine in NYC. After taking 6 months off to recoop from cancer, she returns to an entirely different office and job. Imogen found out that Glossy is no longer a print magazine, and her former assistant is now in charge of managing content for the site. It is an interesting look into NYC magazines and tech companies. I recommend reading it!