If you’re working from home and social distancing on the weekends, chances are you’re looking for ways to fill your time for the foreseeable future. It’s always on my list of to-do’s or resolutions for the year to read more, so there’s no better time than now to try to tackle your reading list. I’m one of those people who has a stack of books at home that I haven’t read yet, but I continue to buy new books before I get to the bottom of the pile. Personally, I like the idea of having a number of books around me that I haven’t read so when I get the urge to start a new one or maybe pause my current book and start reading another from a completely different genre, I’ve got plenty of options.
Since 2020 has been one heck of a year, I’ve had some “extra” time to devote to reading more. Which means that, though I haven’t quite been keeping count, I’m sure I’m close to my goal for the year, if I haven’t already passed it. I’m trying to read at least 10 pages per day, which if I’m honest, is a great place to start, but I rarely can stop at just 10 pages. Especially if the book is any of the 5 I’m sharing, since they were certified unable-to-put-down-even-if-I-wanted-to type books! Here’s a few of the books I would recommend reading that I’ve finished and enjoyed (probably an understatement) so far this year.
Holy moly, get ready for this book to shatter the cage you’ve been living in. Well at least it did for me. Glennon Doyle is back in Untamed to recall her story of finding freedom in her life from the cage that bound her. Her story shows how you can overcome addiction, societal norms, familial expectations, and more to live a life that represents your true & most whole self. If you don’t come to the realization that you’re a freaking tiger/lion/lioness by the end of this one, it’s obviously because you already know you are one!
As I’m writing this, I haven’t quite finished this book, but it needs to be on the list. For those of us who constantly pursue and seek out creativity in our lives, in Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert is here to discuss how to see it, harness it, and live it each and everyday. And for those of you who don’t believe you’re a “creative”, well, she’s got news for you. Just by being you, yes YOU, you are automatically a creative being. It’s how we uncover and express that creativity that’s different from person to person. If you’re looking for some Big Magic in your life, this book is it.
This book brings about the intersection of the podcasting age, the Me Too movement, and a society of people who are obsessed with true crime. Which is why, for me, The Night Swim by Megan Goldin was hard to put down. This was a Book of the Month pick that I could not wait to arrive in my mailbox, and it sure did not disappoint.
An Anonymous Girl, or really any of the books by co-authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen, is an obvious choice to add to this list. Entertaining and interest-peaking from cover to cover. I really can’t get enough of these two authors and the unique characters, storylines, and twists + turns they write together. Beyond An Anonymous Girl, I would also recommend You Are Not Alone, and The Wife Between Us.
For the romance + historical fiction lovers, this one is for you. I am a huge fan of books that take place in historical times, especially the 1920’s high-society glamour of London, which is why I am not surprised that I completely fell in love with The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey. Following the life of Selina Lennox, a beautiful, young socialite with a penchant for scandal.
If you’re on the hunt for some new books, head to my Book Club to see what else I’ve recently finished and what’s next on my list. I have been loving my subscription to Book of the Month! One of my hang-ups when I am looking for new books is finding out about new authors, and that’s not a problem with Book of the Month. With 5 books to choose from each month, all from different genres, and the option to skip the month, I’m not surprised I’m still a loyal subscriber after 2 years. If you want to give BOTM a try, use this link to get your first book for just $9.99, and then $14.99/month after that!
What’s a favorite book you’ve read so far this year?