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Reading was one of my favorite past times growing up. I never played a sport in elementary or middle school, but spelling bees and Electronic Book Shelf reading contests were my jam. I even worked my way through a dictionary once! Haha. As I grew older, reading became less of a priority. In high school, I literally planned my days out by the minute… not a single school year minute went to reading for pleasure. And in college, I started quite a few books… but finished none of them.
All of this is why I set a reading goal for myself last year. I know a lot of people have set them for 2019, so I’m sharing in hopes of helping you fill your TBR list. Something that has been a huge help for me is my Kindle Unlimited subscription; I’ve denoted the books I read through the subscription with an asterisk.
Corporate Chaos Series (In Over Her Head*, Can’t Stand the Heat*, What Goes around Comes Around*)
This is a lighthearted, chick-lit series that I blew through. It wasn’t the most realistic series, but it was light and fluffy, and everything works out in the end. Sometimes you just need something like that. You could get away with reading them out of sequence, but I recommend starting at the beginning because each book features the same characters.
A Beautiful Poison* Wowowow. I loved this book so much that I read it any chance that I could, including riding in the car to lunch or meetings. It is a historical thriller that chronicles the life of Allene, a wealthy NYC socialite, as everyone around her mysteriously dies. It is beautifully written, and the story takes so many twists and turns; as soon as you think you have it figured out, you’ll change your mind.
Party Girl* Way before Rachel Hollis wrote Girl, Wash Your Face, there was The Girls series. This was a light read about Landon Brinkley, who moves from small-town Texas to intern at an events firm in LA. Its another chick-lit read that isn’t the most realistic, but it was cute. I liked it, but not enough to read the entire series. (Honestly, I felt kind of old reading this book. Haha.)
Bachelor Nation I have successfully convinced numerous friends not to apply for the Bachelor franchise after reading this book. It has fascinating insights into what goes on behind the scenes, the wild psychological tricks producers use to get the results they want, and history of the franchise, its major players, and reality TV in general. It’s well researched, and one of those books that you can’t put down once you start reading it.
I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends I didn’t watch Courtney’s season of the Bachelor, but I read this immediately after finishing Bachelor Nation and finished it in one day of travel. While I found some of the commentary to be catty and immature, I enjoyed learning more about what goes on behind the scenes on the franchise and her inside scoop on the season.
Can You Keep a Secret? I will read anything Sophie Kinsella writes, and it never lets me down. This one is about – you guessed it – a secret. Emma shares her secrets with a stranger on a plane thinking she’ll never see him again, and everything starts to unravel from there. Read this before the movie is released!
Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper This story is eerily familiar to the marriage of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise. Lizzie Pepper is America’s sweetheart when she’s wooed by Rob Mars, the biggest name in Hollywood. This clip from the Amazon bio says it best – Full of twists and turns, Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper is a breathless journey to the heights of Hollywood power and royalty and a life in the spotlight that is nearly impossible to escape. The book is written in the style of an autobiography, but was actually written by one of Hollywood’s most popular ghostwriters.
Matchmaking for Beginners* I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. The beginning is a little slow, but once you get past that, you get sucked in. Marnie inherits a house in Brooklyn from her ex-husband’s great aunt, Blix. Blix is wacky and woo woo with a heart of gold and a talent for matchmaking. The ending will give you the warm fuzzies.
Big Sexy Love* This book tells the story of Olive, a woman who always plays it safe. Her best friend Birdie’s dying wish is that Olive will take a trip to New York for her to deliver a note to her “big sexy love.” Olive hesitantly obliges, and crazy adventure after crazy adventure ensues. This is one of my favorite books of 2018!
You’re Welcome Mama* This was written by a local author that I had the pleasure of working with at my first job, so I was excited to check it out! It’s a lighthearted read about the importance of cutting yourself some slack and granting yourself permission to live a better life. I’m clearly not a mama, but it is so relate able as a woman who often finds herself overwhelmed.
What do you think – anything worth adding to your 2019 reading list? How many books did you read in 2018? Let’s chat in the comments!