Every January, I put the same goal on my list of New Year Goals (I stopped calling them resolutions a few years ago, goals just sounded better to me.) And every November I realize how far I am from reaching the same goal. The goal is 12 new books in a year. It could be simple and I could read a book a month but sometimes I’m working late nights and I don’t feel like reading. Or my weekends in the summer are always spent on the road so my books get pushed aside. Last year by November I read 8 books, and somehow managed to read 11 books before the new year. But so far in 2019 I have only read about 3.5 books and I feel really bad about that.
I LOVE reading, and can sometimes finish up to 4 books a month but this year was so hectic with being overworked at my old job, working a second part time job, traveling around for job interviews, moving, spending almost every weekend for 3 months in a different city/state, that I let my love of books fall to the wayside. And when I DID have time to read, it felt more like a chore than something I enjoy
With winter seeming like it’s going to be a lull in my social life and having 0 boyfriend to spend the cold nights with I’ve decided to pick up reading again. I’ve already started the first book on my list last night and I’m about 50 pages in. I’m super excited to start reading again so I’ve compiled a list of books I want to have done by December 31st.
Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes: I watched the series YOU on Netflix in literally a day and was so hooked. It was easily one of my favorite shows I’ve watched all year. I also read through the book within a weekend after finishing the series (which was strangely accurate to the series- probably the closest book to screen adaptation I’ve ever seen). I am super excited to read the second one before the second season comes out, the day before my birthday- happy birthday to me. I read reviews that this book isn’t as good as the first one but I’m still really excited to read it.
Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past ten years, this thirty-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he’s heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him.
In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can’t stop looking over his shoulder. The problem with hidden bodies is that they don’t always stay that way. They re-emerge, like dark thoughts, multiplying and threatening to destroy what Joe wants most: true love. And when he finds it in a darkened room in Soho House, he’s more desperate than ever to keep his secrets buried. He doesn’t want to hurt his new girlfriend—he wants to be with her forever. But if she ever finds out what he’s done, he may not have a choice…
Meet Cute: Some People Are Destined to Meet by various authors: I am a SUCKER for Young Adult Romance books. I love them all and they are normally my genre of choice. Sometimes I feel too old for them but I just think they are adorable. They are also usually super easy to read. And after reading something as heavy as Hidden Bodies I think I may need something lighthearted to enjoy. I also love short stories because I feel like I can fly through the book a lot quicker. If a book has short chapters, it keeps my interest more than long chaptered books because I can read a chapter in between doing everyday things because I simply cannot stop reading in the middle of a chapter. I don’t expect this book to blow me away or be the most amazing thing I’ve read this year but I think it could be a cute holiday read- especially since I’ve been feeling super romance-y lately. I also don’t think I’ve read anything by any of these authors so maybe I’ll find a new favorite.
Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.
Readers will experience Nina LaCour’s beautifully written piece about two Bay Area girls meeting via a cranky customer service Tweet, Sara Shepard’s glossy tale about a magazine intern and a young rock star, Nicola Yoon’s imaginative take on break-ups and make-ups, Katie Cotugno’s story of two teens hiding out from the police at a house party, and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s charming love story that begins over iced teas at a diner. There’s futuristic flirting from Kass Morgan and Katharine McGee, a riveting transgender heroine from Meredith Russo, a subway missed connection moment from Jocelyn Davies, and a girl determined to get out of her small town from Ibi Zoboi. Jennifer Armentrout writes a sweet story about finding love from a missing library book, Emery Lord has a heartwarming and funny tale of two girls stuck in an airport, Dhonielle Clayton takes a thoughtful, speculate approach to pre-destined love, and Julie Murphy dreams up a fun twist on reality dating show contestants.
This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.
Know My Name by Chanel Miller: THIS FUCKING BOOK! I am SO excited for. I put it on my Christmas list so I haven’t bought it yet (I’ll have to buy it if I don’t get it for Christmas) but it’s a 100% definite must read for me. I was blown away by her statement and her tragic story has impacted me in so many ways. I cannot wait to hear more of her voice. I haven’t looked up what it was about or read any reviews about it but it has a 4.82 review on goodreads- and I’m sure it will be phenomenal. I think it may take me a bit longer to get through than the others, because as a victim myself, I know it might be triggering. So I will give myself a pass if I don’t finish it before the new year.
She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford’s campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral–viewed by eleven million people within four days, it was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress; it inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Thousands wrote to say that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time.
Now she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. It was the perfect case, in many ways–there were eyewitnesses, Turner ran away, physical evidence was immediately secured. But her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial reveal the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life.
Know My Name will forever transform the way we think about sexual assault, challenging our beliefs about what is acceptable and speaking truth to the tumultuous reality of healing. It also introduces readers to an extraordinary writer, one whose words have already changed our world. Entwining pain, resilience, and humor, this memoir will stand as a modern classic.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell: I’ve read two books by Rainbow and I’ve enjoyed both of them. I wouldn’t say either was the greatest book I’ve ever read but I really enjoyed both and they were easy reads. I think this book sounds super cute and I’m trying to move away from young adult and start reading more adult books. The hardest part about that though is finding adult romance books that aren’t just about sex. I love a good steamy read but I’d also like to be able to read it in public or on my down time at work.
“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you…”
Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now—reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers—not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained—and captivated—by their stories.
By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say . . . ?
Fight or Flight by Samantha Young: This is another adult romance book that seems like it isn’t going to be nonstop sex. It seems fun and lighthearted- which is my choice of books lately. These kinds of books and movies have been my guilty pleasure lately and I can’t help but give in to the romance. I’m hoping that if I expose myself to enough happy mushy love/lust that it will melt my icy heart.
The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn’t hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava’s ever had. And that’s all it was–until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.
When pure chance pulls Ava back into Caleb’s orbit, he proposes they enjoy their physical connection while he’s stranded in Boston. Ava agrees, knowing her heart’s in no danger since a) she barely likes Caleb and b) his existence in her life is temporary. Not long thereafter Ava realizes she’s made a terrible error because as it turns out Caleb Scott isn’t quite so unlikeable after all. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. But even if she does decide to risk her heart on Caleb, there is no guarantee her stubborn Scot will want to risk his heart on her….
Does anyone have any other books I should add to my list? I have a long way to go until I reach my goal of 12 books before December 31st so I’d greatly take suggestions!