Wow. I’ve been on a roll this year. It’s July 17th and today I finished reading my nineteenth book so far for 2018. For most book worms this isn’t a big deal. But for those of us who are always “too busy” to read anything that doesn’t have something to do directly with work, what I’ve accomplished so far in the first half of this year, is jaw-dropping amazing. I’ve gone from maybe reading two to three leisure books in a year, to 19 in 7 months. Guess what? I’m currently reading four other books, three of which I should be done with this month—which means 22 books read by the end of July.
This is bananas!
What I’ve discovered is that through reading books I’ve cut back tremendously on the amount of time I spend watching television, and since I took a break two months ago from social media (slated to tiptoe back in some time in August, maybe) my face isn’t planted in my phone or online as much as I’m accustomed to, and I feel more creative and ‘light’ in my approach both professionally and personally.
So you’re probably wondering what I’ve been reading since January.
Well, today I wrapped up an awesome fiction novel titled “Truly Madly Guilty” by Liane Moriarty. It’s an excellent read. I love the storyline and the characters. The story makes you question what you would do, how would you respond, and how you would recover and grow after tragedy.
This book along with several other fictional novels (listed below) are so well written that you swear that the events written by the authors actually took place, that these characters actually exist.
Check out the other novels that I enjoyed reading below (starting with the most recent read):
- A Girl Before by JP Delaney
- This one made my heart run wild. It’s a page-turner indeed. Oh my goodness! When you think you know, you find out you’re wrong!
- Still Me by JoJo Moyes
- Which I also had taped to my vision board as a book I wanted to read
- A great story that reflects upon how our growth in life can cause those in our inner circles to think and believe that somehow we’ve changed so much that we’re no longer the same person
- Glass Houses by Louise Penny
- A super awesome thriller based in Quebec. It has lots of twists and turns that keep you at the edge of your seat and on your toes.
- The Ex by Alafair Burke
- Mind-blowing; you don’t want to put the book down
- The Wife by Alafair Burke
- Alafair is a phenomenal writer and creative. I read this book before reading The Ex, and I’m still smiling wickedly at the twists and turns this story provided.
- Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
- Oh my goodness, the characters in this story were amazing, the story sucked me in and I was left breathless so many times that I didn’t know what to do with myself
- Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens
- This story made me scream with excitement; my adrenaline stayed ramped up to high from beginning to end
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
- Another book taped to my vision board
- I swear Colson was alive during this time period; the imagery is breathtaking
- The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
- I love the book way more than the movie; isn’t that usually the case?
Starting from my most recent non-fiction reads, I enjoyed soaking up the words from:
- 100 Days of Grace for Women by Freeman-Smith LLC
- I’ve read this book a few times now, and I’ve already started back reading it again—practice makes perfect, right?
- How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell
- It’s true, change your thinking and change your life
- You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness by Jen Sincero
- Bold, beautiful, brilliant, and badass!
- Option B by Sheryl Sandberg
- This one ripped at me deeply. After reading the first few pages I cried so hard I had to put the book down; it is an awesome story
- Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
- I swear my IQ rose considerably after reading this brilliantly written book
- The only non-fiction book that I’ve read this year that isn’t a “self-help” or spiritual book.
- What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
- I grew to have even more respect for her, what she has accomplished, and her many roles—both professionally and personally, after reading this book
- Believe Bigger by Marshawn Evans Daniels
- I will be reading this a second time, to layer the lessons shared and to reinforce what I know that I need to believe and have bigger. I’m so proud of my dear friend Marshawn for allowing God to speak through her and for her vulnerability to share her story—a story that so many people would be silenced to share, because they would be more concerned with people judging them than with helping those who need to hear and read it.
- Overcoming Hurts and Anger by Dwight Carlson, MD
- I blogged about this book earlier this year; it has been life-changing. It has helped me to not only identify my hurts and anger, but also use techniques to address and heal from them, and to tackle issues as they come rather than let them fester and build into anger later.
- Power of I Am by Joel Osteen
- Another book that has greatly changed my life and made me conscience of the words that I speak and think after I say “I am…”
Here’s three non-fiction books that I’m currently still reading:
- Power Prayers to Start Your Day: Revitalize Your Prayer Life by Donna K. Maltese
- Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell
- Abundance Now by Lisa Nichols and Janet Switzer
And for my fictional reads:
Here’s a book that I’m reading, written by my friend DL White. It’s a fiction novel, but with all of DL’s books, I always feel like there’s some threads of non-fiction blended in; her characters feel too real to be fictionalized:
- Leslie’s Curl & Dye by DL White
So what should I read for my next fictional thrill quest? What’s on your non-fiction “must-read” list?
Share your suggestions in the comments section below! Thank you.