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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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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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My Spring Book List! | #EAPReads | Hampton Roads Family Photographer

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With Summer right around the corner, I am so excited to start working on my Summer Reading List! I keep a digital bookshelf on my GoodReads app of what I want to read, so whenever I have a moment, I put a title on hold at the library or drop it in my Amazon cart. This really helps me manage what I'm reading next and there is -always- something in the lineup!

I made real progress towards my goal of 30 Books in 2018 this Spring! I'm just finishing book 20 this week. #happydance 

Here's what I read:

  • The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware - A fun, who-dunnit mystery. I'm not a fan of any real horror writing, and this was certainly more my speed.
  • Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight out of this Wild and Glorious Life by Jen Hatmaker - I devour everything this lady writes. She's such an uplifting voice! I was either giggling or sobbing throughout the chapters of the book - so you know it hits right in the feels. ;)
  • Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living by Linnea Dunne - This was a quick, light read that affirmed much of what I think in regards to living a simple life. Also, when can we all move to Sweden and wear matching sweaters and drink all. the. coffee.?!
  • Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin - This book was less research and more personal narrative than I expected, but I still gleaned lots of helpful insight into why certain habits don't work for me. And why others stick like glue! 
  • Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life by Susan David - I had listened to Susan speak on Lewis Howe's podcast, The School of Greatness, and I knew I had to read her book. Lots of depth in this book, but plenty of actionable tips and insights into why we get stuck in our feelings. 
  • Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies about Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis - This book has been everywhere lately and for good reason! After about four friends said, " You MUST read this Erin, it's so YOU!" I quickly added it to my library holds list. But when I discovered I was still #14 on the list, I snagged it on Amazon instead, haha! #soimpatient I'm glad I have my own copy to keep though, because I need a second reading to highlight and absorb more of Rachel's teachings. Loved it!
  • Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People by Bob Goff - I haven't read "Love Does" yet (his prequel to this book in a way) but I can see why Bob Goff is such a prolific storyteller. He shares so many different stories, with each one pointing back to loving like Jesus. So inspiring and soul-filling!

Your turn! Leave a comment and let me know what you're reading. I think I'll aim to add a few more fiction reads to my list this Summer since those are always perfect for beach days. 

 

Need more recommendations? Check out my February post with my list of Winter Reads!

 

Are we connected on IG? I share over there almost daily and would love to 'meet' you!

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Happy Reading,

friends!

 

~ Erin

Winter 2018 Reads! | #EAPReads | Virginia Beach Family Photographer

One good thing about the weather during the colder months? 

More time to READ! :)

If you know me, you know about my annual reading goals. If you're new around here, check out this blog post: 2018 Reading Goals!

Literally me at the library...

For 2018, I've given myself the goal of reading thirty books. So far, I'm making great progress and I'm working on book twelve right now. Here's what I've read so far this year! 

What To Do When It's Your Turn by Seth Godin - A fun, quick and inspirational read if you've got dreams and feel like you need a permission slip to pursue them!

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek - I did cruise through this book quickly, I might need to revisit it.

The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide by Jenna Fischer - Any Office fans out there?! Let's just say, my love for Jenna Fischer is real and I loved reading about her experiences as a young actress in LA.

A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living by Emily Ley - A great overview on how to simplify your life, especially for Moms.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng - Total page turner!!

Everything I never Told You by Celeste Ng - I loved the last book so much, I went on a quest to read everything written by this author. 

Superfudge by Judy Blume - My husband gifted me Judy Blume's Masterclass on writing for Christmas with a signed copy of this book! Obviously, I cried. :)

The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify by Francine Jay - Really useful book for starting and maintaining a minimal home life. The second half had lots of great tips on how to keep your house running smoothly. I need ALL the help I can get in this area!

The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking - This book made me want to cocoon in a blanket, drink hot tea....and move to Denmark, haha! I kid you not, it was the perfect Winter read.

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig - This was such a fun read, I didn't want it to end!

Rising Strong by Brene Brown - I had this checked out from the library, so I need to buy my own copy to mark up and highlight for a second reading. It's certainly one of those books that will stay with you and can change how you see yourself and others. Highly recommend!

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What have you been reading?! I'm always adding to my "must read" list, so leave a comment and let me know! I love books about self-improvement, business, faith, realistic and historical fiction, YA fiction, etc. Happy Reading, friends!

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