Monday, March 20, 2017

Recent reads. (March 2017)

  I mentioned in January that I want to read more books this year. I set out with a super practical goal of 2 books each month (24 books for the entire year). I'm all about realistic, practical, and specific goals and that seemed like a good number to start with. 

  It's mid-March and seems like a good time to pop in and give an update on how that goal is going. As of today, I've read 12 books since January 1st. I KNOW. I surprised myself and have been a reading fanatic! It's is as if I opened the floodgates and honestly fell back in love with reading. Ok, that's sort of dramatic but you get the picture. As a bit of a back story, I'm sort of an intense reader. I can't slowly thumb through a book over a few days or weeks' time- I truly need to finish a book within a day or two of starting it. Probably not the most healthy way to read, but its like starting a movie and having to finish it in one sitting (except most movies last only 2 hours or less...).

  All around, I'm so glad I set this goal. Reading is a treat for me and I let myself sit down for a bit to read after the boys go down for their naps and before I start working. Or if Justin wants to watch Narcos in the evening (I can't with that show.). A couple of months ago Justin also shared with me an article he read about millennials and how we are trademarked by being constantly glued to our phones. While I wouldn't say that's true of me all the time, I do work primarily on my phone and I genuinely enjoy social media. The article was a great catalyst for stepping back a bit, and I even went so far as to fast from Instagram for Lent. Suddenly, I have even more free time to read!

  Blah blah blah- here's the real point to this post! Below is the list of books I've read so far this year; highlighting my favorites and the one I think you'd do yourself a favor to not read. I'm still chugging along and taking any/all fiction book requests, so comment with your favorites!

  • Sweet Girl Rachel Hollis
  • Beach Town Mary Kay Andrews 
  • The Decent Proposal Kemper Donovan (Not exactly a love story, but in the best way. Pretty interesting premise) 
  • Ladies Night Mary Kay Andrews
  • How To Party With An Infant (no no NO do not read this. It was such awful writing and not a good story at all. Just a waste of 8 hours)
  • Spring Fever Mary Kay Andrews
  • The Weekenders Mary Kay Andrews (Maybe one of MKA's best books, a cute beachy read with a mystery twist thrown in)
  • Fool Me Once Harlan Coben (YES you have to read this one. Couldn't put it down and was surprised up to the very end)  
  • Days Like These Sue Margolis
  • Sunshine Beach Wendy Wax (I found out too far in that this was part of a series, but it would be worth it to start at the beginning. A lighthearted read with a little mystery thrown in) 
  • The Things We Wish Were True Marybeth Mayhew Whalen (would make a good book club book- lots of characters and intertwining stories to think about)
  • Save The Date Mary Kay Andrews (Ok, I think I've officially read all of her books by now. They're so good and fast and lighthearted! I love every single one)

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