I cannot remember the last time I actually read a book (audio books not included!) and this is a serious problem! I’ve missed reading so much. To get back in the swing of reading, I’ve compiled a list of books that are on my current reading wish list! Check them out below, and if you have any recommendations, please let me know!
ELEANOR & PARK BY RAINBOW ROWELL
I’ve just started reading this and I’m only 5 pages in, so I’m still going to consider this one on my wish list, haha! This book is about two star-crossed, high school misfits who are smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but they are trying nonetheless. The reviews say that when Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your first love. This book sounds so sweet, and I’m excited to read more of it since I’ve been wanting to read it for a while! Also, I love this quote by John Green on the book: "Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it's like to be young and in love with a book."
MISS YOU BY KATE EBERLEN
I’m a sucker for romance novels and this one sounds fantastic! It’s the story of Tess and Gus who meet briefly when they’re 18 in Florence and then just happen to miss each other over the course of the next 16 years. One review I read said that Miss You is one of those stories that so wonderfully romantic but also very real. Sounds like a book for me!
HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH ANYONE BY MANDY LEN CATRON
This book by Mandy Lee Cantron is an insightful, charming, and fascinating memoir that explores the romantic myths we create. Cantron wanted to answer the questions “What really makes love last?”, “Does love ever work the way we say it does in movies and book and Facebook posts?”, “or does obsessing over those love stories hurt our real-life relationships?” This book on her own personal love stories sounds so incredibly good and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
WEDDING TOAST I'LL NEVER GIVE BY ADA CALHOUN
This is another memoir on my list, but this one is by Ada Calhoun. Her memoir is a witty, poignant exploration of the beautiful complexity of marriage. We hear plenty about whether or not to get married, but we don’t hear as often what it takes to stay married. Calhoun presents an unflinching but also loving portrait of her own marriage and opens up a conversation about that the institution really is. I think this will be an excellent read since I’ve only been married for just over two months!
THE BOOKSHOP ON THE CORNER BY JENNY COLGAN
This book caught my eye because the title reminded me the bookshop name in You’ve Got Mail, The Shop Around the Corner. Nina Redmond is the main character in this book and she has a gift of pairing a reader with that perfect book and she has a passion for doing it. When she loses her job as a librarian in a hectic city, she moves to a sleepy village many miles away, buys a van, and transforms it into a bookmobile. This book and story sounds so incredibly lovely!
WE ARE NEVER MEETING IN REAL LIFE BY SAMANTHA IRBY
I’ve already bought this book and it’s next to read on my list! This New York Times Bestseller by Samantha Irby sounds so funny! Irby’s essay about real life explore what it means to be “fat and black.” She pokes fun at the ghost of her past self and in just overlooking at what the book will entail, I find myself seeing a part of myself in her work. I’m excited to start this, to get real and to laugh!
BEAUTIFUL BODIES BY KIMBERLY RAE MILLER
I’m definitely wanting to read a lot of memoirs and essays currently! Beautiful Bodies is from the bestselling author of Coming Clean, Kimberly Rae Miller. This book is a brave and witty examination of how and why we try to control our bodies with food. Miller doesn’t have the perfect body, like most people, and she has tried and tried again to achieve the ideal look. Beautiful Bodies is a blend of memoir and social history that will speak to anyone who’s ever been caught in a power struggle with their own body. I definitely fit in this category and I feel like this book will really hit home for me.
My goal is to maybe mark all these reads off my list by the end of the year! I would love more recommendations! What are some of your favorite reads, or books you are looking forward to reading?
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