2019 book goal

Spring + Summer Book Roundup 2019

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If anything has changed in my reading life this year, it’s my need for fiction. After several years of consuming 2-3 non-fiction books to every 1 fiction book, I knew I needed to pull back. So, bring.on.the.fiction!


I need characters, engrossing plot lines, complicated relationships and addictive page-turners in my life.

Maybe you’re feeling the same? Or maybe you just have the goal of reading a couple of good books this Summer by the pool. I’ve got some great recommendations for you! I’m only mentioning books I’ve read recently and enjoyed. I’ve started several lately that have since been abandoned. 


And yes, I am all about stopping a book if I’m not loving it. If by the first 100 pages I’m feeling bored, it’s time to put it down. Zero guilt! Trust me, life is too short for boring books.

Hope you find your next book bestie!


Non-Fiction

  • Never Unfriended: The Secret to Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships by Lisa-Jo Baker

In this follow-unfollow era, cultivating adult friendships can feel heavy. Lisa-Jo dives deep and points us to love our friends as Jesus would.

  • The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown

Brene is a queen, we know this. If you’ve never read any of her work, this is the one to pick up. Also, check out her Ted Talk for a more formal introduction to Queen Brene.

  • The Next Right Thing: A Simple, Soulful Practice for Making Life Decisions by Emily P. Freeman

I’ve shared about this book since I was on the launch team in March. It has been a lifeline through this season of change, tough decisions and waiting.

  • The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron, Suzanne Stabile

Ya’ll know I’m obsessed with all things Enneagram. Well, this is THE book to read first if you are jumping on the bandwagon. I promise, it’s not a cult or just another personality profiler. So much deeper and life changing!

Fiction

  • Still Life by Louise Penny

Half whodunit, half soap opera - this is the first in a long line of books surrounding the life and times of Chief Inspector Gamache. So many rich details and left me craving croissants.

  • The Storied Life of A.J. Filkry by Gabrielle Zevin

This book was delightfully charming. I can’t share too much without giving it away, but I loved the characters and was sad when I finished it.

Currently Reading:

  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

  • Atomic Habits by James Clear

TBR (to-be-read) Pile:

  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Marie Semple

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

  • Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

  • The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships by Suzanne Stabile

I warned you about my need for fiction in my life! I’m excited to dive into this list over the Summer and will let you know what I love. If we’re not connected on instagram yet, I’ll be sharing more book reviews and recommendations soon. Connect with me here:

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Happy Reading, friends!

Best,

Erin

2018 Book Roundup! | #EAPREADS

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It has been way too long since I shared a rundown of my recent favorite books! Let’s do a 2018 roundup. My hope is you’ll glean a couple of suggestions and find a new book bestie.


You can check out more details on some of my Winter and Spring 2018 reads below:

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SPRING

One thing I do to keep reading a priority is sign up for the GoodReads annual Reading Challenge. Every year I choose a goal to reach towards and track my books in the GoodReads app. Last year I read 33 from my goal of 30 books! Woohoo! 

This year, my goal is to read 50 books - eek! I almost reached this back in 2017, so I’m willing to give it a try again. The idea is that even if I don’t reach it, I’ll be motivated to always have good books in rotation.


Wondering what to read? Never underestimate the power of asking friends on social media or checking out those ‘what other customers bought’ sections on Amazon. Choose a book you already love and google similar books as a place to start!

I tried to categorize the best I could, but some books seem to cover several genres:

Non-Fiction

What To Do When It’s Your Turn by Seth Godin

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss

Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life by Jen Hatmaker

Everybody, Always by Bob Goff

The Memoir Project by Marion Roach Smith

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst

The Wondering Years by Knox McCoy

A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman

Preach to Yourself by Haley Morgan

Stretched Too Thin by Jessica N. Turner

Personal Growth

Rising Strong by Brene Brown

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin

Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change and Thrive in Work and Life by Susan David

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Fierce Faith by All Worthington

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Fiction

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Superfudge by Judy Blume

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Memoir

The Actor’s Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer

Educated by Tara Westover

Becoming by Michelle Obama


Home/Simple Living

The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify by Francine Jay

Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith

The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith

Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living by Linnea Dunne

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking

A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living by Emily Ley

Overall, I’m happy with the variety I reached in 2018. But my big goal is to read more Fiction in 2019! 

Do you keep reading goals? I’d love to know what’s on your literal or digital bookshelf!

Comment on this thread with your 2018 favorite or tag me on IG :) The hashtag #EAPreads also has lots of my favorites!

Best,

Erin

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