Six books I loved in 2017 and the three books on my list of those I want to read in 2018!
Five years ago, I set a goal to start a book club. I did and we’ve been going strong since then! We meet on the last Friday of the month (except for holiday weekends) and rotate hosts every month.
Each month the host chooses what we read. We end up reading a variety of books and I look forward to our discussions every month. Yes, that’s right, we actually talk about the books at our meetings. Although, it’s totally acceptable to not read all at! Sometimes we’re just in it for the good food and conversation.
2017 was the year I finally learned to slow down and reading is one of my favorite ways to decompress. I ended the year having read 28 books and have continued the momentum into the new year. Today I thought I would round up some of my favorites!
What I Read in 2017: Fiction
“Last Days of Night” by Graham Moore
We read this novel based on the legal battle between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse last January and it was a fan favorite! I loved it – such a different topic than most historical fiction.
“Winter Solstice” by Elin Hilderbrand
This is the fourth book in the Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter trilogy, meaning that it was such a good series that she wrote another! This book combines the characters of the trilogy and The Rumor (another great book I read in 2017) for a delightful combination of family dynamics. Guys, I sobbed at the end. SO GOOD!
“Always” by Sarah Jio
Sarah Jio is one of my favorite authors. All of her novels are multi narrator books set in both present and the past Seattle. Always follows the journey of a woman who finds her long lost love from the grunge era homeless on the street after a dinner with her fiance. It was a little predictable, but an enjoyable read that I could not put down.
What I Read in 2017: Non-Fiction
“A Simplified Life” by Emily Ley
I love everything that Emily does and pre-ordered her second book as soon as it was announced. This was a quick, inspiring read that had me writing down little tidbits on how to get better organized for the 2018. I would definitely recommend it to anyone!
“The Wellness Project” by Phoebe Lapine
After being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, Phoebe Lapine set out on her own Wellness Project. I found that each area gave me digestible wellness information, such as how to clean up my beauty routine. This book definitely inspired me to make a few changes in order to improve my health.
“Simplicity Parenting” by Kim Brooking-Payne and Lisa M. Ross
There is an endless supply of parenting advice out there and I try to take each view with a grain of salt. This book seemed to speak to me, inspiring me to slow down and simplify our routines. I still stick to their advice on toys, aiming to keep out only what can be cleaned up in five minutes. It seems to keep playtime simple and I love it.
What I Want to Read in 2018
“Talk Like TED- The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds” by Carmine Gallo
I love TED talks and this book gets great reviews! As someone who presents almost daily for work, I can’t wait to dive into this one!
“Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World” by Kristen Welch
Per Amanda’s recommendation, I want to check this one out. Gratitude is something I believe in greatly and I would love to learn how to instill this in my family.
“Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng
I originally saw this book on Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Instagram and since then I’ve seen it everywhere! It’s described as one of those books you’ll read in one sitting and I’m hoping to read it this winter when I get stir crazy.