Spring 2018 Reading List

I’m back with new books to share for spring! What will you be reading over the next few months? Check out my list!

Hey friends! Long time no talk!

Sorry that I dropped off the planet, 2018 got to me! It’s been one heck of a year already and I can’t wait to update you all on all my new adulting hacks and the crazy things I’ve been up to (inviting strangers over?…Stay tuned!)

In the meantime, though, it’s officially March which means it’s time for a new reading list! Yes, it’s springtime already if you couldn’t tell by the rain and gloom that’s been hanging over Austin for the last month. Perfect weather for snuggling up with a great book and furry friend! So, without further ado, here’s what I’ll be reading this Spring…

Jackie’s Spring 2018 Reading List

Liar (K.L. Slater)

Liar is a psychological thriller that follows Judi, a devoted mother and grandmother helping her widowed son Ben raise his kiddos. When Amber comes into Ben’s life unexpectedly, everyone is overjoyed but Judi isn’t so sure…

 

Before We Were Yours (Lisa Wingate)

This book, based on the real-life events of the Tennessee Children’s Home Society, follows two families generations apart as they discover the truth of what it means to be family.

 

Wonder (R.J. Palacio)

Wonder is actually a children’s fiction book that was recently made into a movie. The book follows Auggie Pullman and his friends and family throughout the journey of his 5th grade year. 5th grade is a tough year for anybody but Auggie is special because of his extraordinary face. This book has been known to tug the heartstrings of adults and kids alike and I can’t wait to get started.

 

The Power of Habit (Charles Duhigg)

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book that delves into why humans have habits and how we can change them to be more productive and successful. Human nature can be a tricky thing to tackle but I’ve heard Charles Duhigg is spot on in this New York Times Bestseller.

 

The Wedding Date (Jasmine Guillory)

Alexa and Drew are strangers stuck in an elevator who  end up going to a wedding together. That’s as much as I want to say about this fun debut novel by Jasmine Guillory.

 

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (Gail Honeyman)

Eleanor has absolutely no social filter. Her isolation and loneliness have developed her own sense of propriety and decorum that sets her apart from her peers in ways she can’t understand. It’s only through accidentally becoming friends with Raymond and Sammy that Eleanor realizes how much she needs people to survive.

 

Have you read any of these yet? What did you think? Will you be reading along with me this spring? Let me know in the comments!

My Cozy Go-To Holiday Read (And My Winter Reading List!)

I have a favorite book to read around this time of year…do you?

My Cozy Go-To Holiday Read

I just love this time of year, don’t you? It’s a little bit cooler and the air is filled with excitement and urgency for the holidays. It’s easy to get caught up in all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, though, and my instinct when things start getting a little crazy is to pick up a book.

My holiday go-to is Pride and Prejudice. I can read this book any time of year but for some reason, I’m always drawn to it around the holidays. Maybe it has something to do with the resemblance of the Bennett family to my own, or the fact that my bestie and I were obsessed with the book (and 2005 movie) all throughout high school, but this book always feels like coming home.

I have a good friend who feels the same kind of way about Wuthering Heights and she unashamedly rereads it every year around this time. I think there’s just something about classic literature that is comforting and that speaks to our souls differently than modern novels and stories can. And when life gets crazy as it often does around this time of year, we want something warm and cozy to wrap up in.

Now that I’ve rambled enough about holiday reading, I can get to the good stuff! 😉

For my last reading list I realized that seven books may be a bit ambitious with how busy I am. So for my Winter Reading List, I’m implementing stretch goals. It will be my goal to finish the last two books on my list but if I don’t, they’ll be the top two on my next list!

And, as I did last time, I will include a ☑️ next to the books I finish as I finish them so if you ever want to chat about a story or character when I’m done, I’m happy to do so!

So without further ado, here’s my Winter Reading List that I’m super stoked about!

Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) ☑️

This is another book where if you haven’t read it or don’t know anything about it, we just can’t be friends. Read the book. Watch the movie. Get educated about this classic. Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy are some of the greatest characters ever written.

Attachments (Rainbow Rowell) ☑️

This is a quirky story that follows a guy named Lincoln whose job is to read email conversations between employees at a company to make sure they’re in compliance with company policy. However, long emails between friends Beth and Jennifer take lonely Lincoln by surprise when he realizes he has deep feelings for one of the girls.

Quality is Free (Philip Crosby)

I’m currently reading Quality is Free for professional development at work and I find it absolutely fascinating. This book is one of the first written about the internal quality management of a company. The idea is that quality (compliance with set standards) is free but not complying to high standards of quality can be very costly. If you’re a process, quality assurance, or organization operations nerd like me and you haven’t already read this, I highly recommend it.

Murder on the Orient Express (Agatha Christie)☑️

This movie came out in November and I had no idea it was a book. I know, shame on me. I should just always assume movies are books first because so often they are. This classic detective novel is set on a train on its way from Istanbul to London and is filled with quirky and suspicious characters in a real whodunit mystery (my favorite).

Everything I Never Told You (Celeste Ng) ☑️

As much as this book is another mystery novel, it is also a story about family and our struggles to understand those closest to us. Set in Ohio in the 1970s, the Everything I Never Told You follows a Chinese American family’s descent into chaos when their favorite daughter’s body is found in the local lake. This one was on the top of all the lists in 2014 but I’m just now getting around to it and I’m pumped to read it!

Hidden Figures (Margot Lee Shetterly)

I, like most of America, absolutely loved this movie and cannot wait to read this book. For my friends who live under a rock, Hidden Figures is about three brilliant African-American women at NASA who become the brains behind launching John Glenn into orbit. Filled with girl power, inspiration, and the beautiful story of kicking discrimination in the butt, Hidden Figures is the true non-fiction story of how Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson changed history.

Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff (Chip Gaines) ☑️

I am a woman from Texas therefore I’m obsessed with Fixer Upper (HGTV) and Chip and Joanna Gaines in general. So of course I have to read Chip’s new book Capital Gaines where he talks about things his mentors taught him and, like the title suggests, all the things he’s learned from taking risks and being his crazy-antics self. I’m excited to hear what he has to say about business but I’m also just excited to hear all his crazy stories because you know they’ll be good.

What do you think? Will you be joining along this winter? Read any of these already? Let’s chat!

Fall 2017 Reading List

My fall 2017 reading list is here! What are you reading next?

Adobe Spark (7)I don’t know about you, but I’m a big believer in books. I can’t tell you how many hours days of my life have been spent with my nose deep in some amazing-smelling paperback. I love being drawn into new and exciting worlds led by characters that grow and change and transform the story. Here are just a few of the books I’m planning to read this fall. Want to join along?

The Woman in Cabin 10 (Ruth Ware) ♦

Lo Blacklock is a journalist for a travel magazine who scores the assignment of a lifetime – a week aboard the maiden voyage of a luxury cruise ship with only a handful of cabins. When Lo becomes the sole witness of a girl being thrown overboard, the ship continues as if nothing has happened because all passengers are technically accounted for. While she is sure something has gone terribly wrong, Lo keeps readers on their toes as they (and the other characters) question her credibility and above all ask “who done it?”

Pretty Girls (Karin Slaughter) ♦

When Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister vanished into thin air over twenty years ago, their lives went two very different and very separate directions but neither has recovered from the trauma of their shared loss. When Claire’s husband is killed, the sisters find commonalities between his death and their sister’s disappearance that lead them on a twisty journey to find truth, redemption, and revenge.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (J.K. Rowling) ♦

The HP series is my go-to fall read but for the sake of reading new material instead of books I’ve read 1,000 times, I’ll just stick to Chamber of Secrets which I connect the most to Halloween.

“The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. Enemies of the heir, beware.”

(If you need a plot description of this book, I’m sorry, we just can’t be friends.)

The Nightingale (Kristin Hannah) ♦

Set in WWII era, German-occupied France, two sisters are leading separate lives striving for survival, love, and freedom, and demonstrating the resilience and durability of women above all else.

May I Have Your Attention Please? (James Corden)

James Corden’s memoir has been on my reading list for a while now. He just absolutely cracks me up and I’m super interested to hear how he became the man he is today.

Sacred Marriage (Gary Thomas)

Sacred Marriage delves into the differences between having a happy marriage and having a holy marriage and how God designed this sacred covenant to train us to love Him and others better. My life group at church will be going through this book together and I can’t wait to see all that God will teach me and Jake!

Turtles All the Way Down (John Green) ♦

This is John Green’s first novel since The Fault in Our Stars and I’ll be completely honest, I didn’t even research what it’s about. At this point, I’m such a huge John Green fan, I would read his grocery lists. And so should you. (Read any of his novels, I mean…)

Thoughts? What are you reading? Have you read any of these yet? Do you have a favorite book? Let’s chat in the comments!

 

*This post has been edited to include ♦ which signifies that I have finished reading this book. If you would like to talk about a book that I finished, I’d love to hear your thoughts!