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Want to start reading more but don’t know what books to read? These are the best books from various genres that you are going to want to know about.
Deciding what books to read can feel like a big commitment and, if you are anything like me, you may struggle with not knowing where to begin. I want to share with you my own personal reading list for an entire year.
I am going to tell you all about what books to read to keep you motivated and entertained.
After reading through my list of mist-read books, you will be antsy to crack open the spine of your first one.
This post is all about what books to read this next year.
Books To Read This Year:
Story/Fiction: Small Great Things
First on my list of what books to read is Small Great Things. It is a true story dealing with issues of privilege, racism, power, and moral dilemmas…
A definite page-turner and such an incredible story.
Personal Development: Untamed
Untamed is all about finding and untaming the powerful woman you were born to be before society taught you to be small.
(Full Authenticity: I couldn’t wait… I’ve started both of these already. But let me tell ya, they are GOOD!)
The month of LOVE!
Story/Fiction: The Best of Me
The Best of Me heartwarming and bittersweet story of high school sweethearts reuniting.
Personal Development: The Mastery of Love
The Mastery of Love explores how to uncover our own emotional wounds, fears, and assumptions and deal with them in order to restore full emotional joy and freedom in relationships.
(Full Authenticity Again: I read both of these years ago. The Best of Me is one of my favorite books and I intend to read it again, I love it that much. The Mastery of Love is the type of book that I feel you get something different out of each time you read it, depending on where you are in life. Considering I was about 14 when I read it last, I figured it was time for a reread.😉)
Story/Fiction: Where the Crawdads Sing
Where the Crawdads Sing is an intriguing, heart-wrenching, and intense possible murder mystery and coming-of-age story.
Personal Development: The Untethered Soul
The Untethered Soul teaches you how to free yourself from your own personal limiting beliefs and boundaries on a journey to find inner peace and bliss.
I’ve always been a “the books are better” type of person. Since I became absolutely addicted to the You series on Netflix a couple of years ago, I figured I’d give the novels a shot while I wait for season 3 to come out.😉
Personal Development: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Another reread for me because I think I’m due for this reminder… this is one of the best books I have ever read. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is the perfect mix of comedy, tough love, reality, and insightfulness to add to your reading list.
Not FICTION, but it is a story.
Educated is the moving memoir of a young girl who makes the tough decision to leave her survivalist family and goes on to pursue higher education.
What a strong, inspiring, bada** woman. I can’t wait to read this one.
Personal Development: The Gifts of Imperfection
American Professor, Brené Brown, encourages us to find our worth, embrace our imperfections, overcome fear, and challenge self-doubt in this inspiring self-help novel, The Gifts of Imperfection.
Story/Fiction: Little Fires Everywhere
A story of two contrasting lives: the picture-perfect, upper-class Richardson family and the struggling, mysterious mother-daughter duo. When their paths cross, there are, quite literally, Little Fires Everywhere…
Similar to You: loved the show, so excited for the novel.
Personal Development: Get Out of Your Head
Get Out of Your Head helps teach you how to win the battle against your own toxic thoughts and beliefs.
Story/Fiction: Know My Name
Know My Name is Channel Miller’s memoir of fighting through and overcoming trauma. Miller tells her own story of strength, being the survivor of sexual assault in the well-known Brock Turner case.
Personal Development: Uninvited
Lysa TerKeurst combines self-help and Christianity in her novel, Uninvited. TerKeurst is open and vulnerable about her own story of how she overcame negative self-talk, perceived judgment, rejection, and feeling left out.
Story/Fiction: The Book of Two Ways
In The Book of Two Ways, Jodi Picoult tells the story of Dawn Edelstein who miraculously survives a plane crash that awakens thoughts of her past. Google calls this #1 Times Bestseller a “novel about life, death, and missed opportunities”.
I am excited and intrigued just reading the description of this one.
Personal Development: What a Time to Be Alone
Why are are already enough, just as you are, without anyone telling you so!❤️
What a Time to Be Alone looks like a super easy read with all its bright, colorful illustrations and fun quotes. I’m excited!
Story/Fiction: When Life Gives You Lululemons
When Life Gives You Lululemons is a follow-up spin-off to the popular and well-loved story and movie “The Devil Wears Prada”.
Personal Development: Body Respect
Body Respect calls out the false idea of “health” that society has created. Linda Bacon lets you in on her little secret: weight loss, dieting, and exercise are actually not synonymous with health.
Story/Fiction: Sharp Objects
Reporter Camille Preaker returns home after a stay at a mental hospital and is tasked with covering the story of the murders of two preteen girls. In order to uncover the true story, she has to face the uncomfortable details of her own past.
Flynn is the author of another one of my favorite books, Gone Girl. I love her writing style and am already invested in the storyline of Sharp Objects.
Personal Development: Unfu*k Yourself
Unfu*k Yourself. Another aggressive title… I like it.
More honest, tough-love, and no-BS advice for how to liberate yourself and overcome the limitations you’ve created.
Story/Fiction: An Abundance of Katherines
A comic, heartfelt, and meaningful story of love, friendship, and reinventing oneself.
I gotta be honest… I am a sucker for The Fault in Our Stars. The fact that An Abundance of Katherines was another John Green novel was enough to convince me.
Personal Development: 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do is about strategies to strengthen yourself, find confidence, and build good mental habits that work for all types of people.
‘Tis the Season!
Story/Fiction: Let It Snow
Let It Snow is actually a trio of festive, holiday-themed romances. It’s like the book version of a Hallmark movie… COUNT ME IN.
Personal Development: Atomic Habits
Letting you in on the easy and proven way to kick bad habits and build good, Atomic Habits instead.😉
With another New Year approaching, it is the season for goal setting and habit building. This novel seems perfect for getting on the right track!
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Now that you know what books to read…
Go pour yourself a warm drink…
Order your first book…
So we can get to this year long reading list!
Feel free to skip around on this list, making your own schedule of what books to read and when to read them!
These is my own personal list of what books to read. I would love if you wanted to follow along with me!
If you do and want to chat about any of the books, leave me a comment or reach me on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest! There are few things I love more than discussing a good book with a good friend!
Can’t wait to tackle this list with you!