One of my new years resolutions was to read 50 books. We are halfway through November and I’ve read 38. I don’t think I’ll hit 50, but I wanted to share with you my top 10 favorite reads of this year. Because really, as the weather is getting colder, it’s fun to cuddle up with a book and a blanket, right? Here in no particular order are my 10 favorite books I read this year!
You will see a theme with my list that Cheryl Strayed is absolutely one of my favorite authors. This book is a must read if you are looking to read and discover honest truths about life. This book is set up as an advice column with Cheryl (as Sugar) writing honest advice. It’s wonderful.
As a huge Mindy fan, I truly adored her new book. I love non-fiction memoirs, and hers was funny, honest, and had good advice for twentysomethings. Highly recommend (and full disclosure… I didn’t love her first book!)
Sophia Kinsella is an awesome “chick lit” author and I love how her main characters are quirky and funny. This book made me cry at the end (even though I don’t think it was supposed to?) and I enjoyed the cute ending. An easy read that I think you’ll enjoy!
Have you read any books by Laine Moriety? She’s an Australian author and is awesome. Her books are really well-written and the plot will keep you guessing! This book is really well written– it’s about a woman who loses her memory and has seen how her life has become.
As someone who has had addiction touch my family, this book made me think, cry, and weep. When you think of addiction, the stereotype is a deadbeat who lives on the street and is homeless, right? This story takes that stereotype and smashes it in the face, talking about a wife and mother who is addicted to pills. Honestly, I say this is a must-read.
I already touched on this book here, but this book talks about what it’s like to have a family member struggling with cancer, and the family bonds that hold life together. Beautifully written.
(What did I tell you? This was the year of Cheryl Strayed!) This memoir, which was made into a hit movie with Reese Witherspoon, left a huge imprint on my heart. It’s a story of being lost and found, having it all and having nothing. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will love the movie, even though the book is a lot better!
I love Jodi Picoult. Always have, always will! Her new book is a story about a missing mother, elephants, and Africa. It will touch your heart and the end will shock you! I always finish reading Picoult’s book having learned more about something, which the teacher in me just loves.
If you haven’t read Bridget Jones’ Diary, are you really a twentysomething? A funny take on life, dating, and friendship by our every snarky and ever fabulous friend Bridget. I read this book in one weekend when a guy I was seeing ended things and I was pissed off. This book brought me comfort and made me laugh. You just can’t go wrong. PS- did you know they’re making a third movie?! Ah!
If you loved Gone Girl, you better walk, not run, to read this book. I re-read it in Thailand in about a day. If you like creepy thrillers, then this book is for you!
What are some of your favorite books you’ve read this year?