In my video today, I offered 10 habits to try out in the New Year. The habits ranged from setting important boundaries to reading one book a month. With that, I thought I would offer book suggestions for every month out of the year!
Some of these will be books I've read, some are books I'd like to read, but hopefully they all inspire you in some way.
JANUARY: The Defining Decade
I attribute much of the success that came my way in 2020 to this book. I've talked about it in several videos and it remains one of my top recommendations. This book is all about the importance of your 20s, and how the choices you make in your 20s will affect your future regardless of if you intend for them to or not. It's a book that changed my entire outlook on my 20s and really helped me get a handle on figuring out what I wanted out of life. It's a must read for all 20-somethings who are feeling a little lost. Or maybe even 30-somethings who are needing a little kick in the rear.
In the month of love, I can't think of a better book to read than this one. I talk about this book in today's video and let me tell you guys, not only is it a crack up but it is SO accurate and true. Lori Gottlieb, a 40-something year old writer, is forced to come face to face with her own failed love life and asks the question of whether or not settling is a bad thing when searching for a life partner. We read real accounts from women who "settled" in their marriages vs. those who married the men of their dreams. It's a nice wake up call for anyone who's still holding out for the 6 ft. Billionaire and offers a good laugh too.
MARCH: Love The One You're With
I've given this book to the month of March simply because it is green. If you loved reading my breakup story, then you'll LOVE this one. It's from the author who wrote "Something Borrowed" which was then turned into a film starring Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin. In the book, the main character who never quite got over her ex but married her loving, kind and wealthy husband anyway, ends up at a crossroads when she runs into her long lost ex on the street in New York City. It was such a page turner and so, so good!
APRIL: Living Forever Chic
I started this one this past Summer and never had a chance to finish it! If you're into living like the French, or if you're as fascinated by their elegant way of life as I am, then this would also be a great book to read! I'm so interested in the French and their effortless class and this book breaks down how they're able to make elegance and sophistication look so easy!
This book was such a treat to read and truly helped me work though some of the suffering I was experiencing at the hands of my own mind. There are many things I struggled to let go of, but was able to really practice mindfulness and meditation and learned so much from Buddha's teachings. If you're looking for a hands on approach to deal with your past heartbreaks or past mistakes, this book is really helpful!
JUNE: Then She Was Gone
In honor of my birthday month, I've chosen this book, which I haven't actually read yet but I can't WAIT to read. I love a good page turner and this one sounds like just the ticket. Since I don't have much to say about it, here's the description of the book from Amazon lol. "Ellie Mack was the perfect daughter. She was fifteen, the youngest of three. Beloved by her parents, friends, and teachers, and half of a teenaged golden couple. Ellie was days away from an idyllic post-exams summer vacation, with her whole life ahead of her.
And then she was gone.
Now, her mother Laurel Mack is trying to put her life back together."
I bought this book earlier this year and while I haven't had the chance to finish it yet, it has really great reviews! It's all about getting out of your own head, finding peace and getting control of your thoughts. Overthinking is something I deal with so I bought this book with the intention of it helping me get a handle on it. People have really great things to say about it and I'm excited to finish it in the New Year.
By now, I'm sure we're all familiar with Michelle Obama's book "Becoming". I know I received about three copies of it for my college graduation a few years ago but somehow I still haven't read it! I'll be honest, biographies are not my jam. But in case it's yours and you haven't had a chance to sink your teeth into one, I would suggest starting with our former First Lady who was such a great representation of class and grace under pressure. She's so inspiring and I am sure this book is a great read!
SEPTEMBER: A Spark Of Light
This is on my list simply because I bought it in 2020 and had a difficult time really getting into it. But seeing as I absolutely love Jodi Picoult, I'm going to give it another go in 2021. It tells the story of a distraught gunman who opens fire in a Women's Health Clinic and how one of the main officers attempting to diffuse the situation, finds out that his daughter is inside. Jodi has always had a way of telling stories that really draws you in and I am making it my mission to finish this one!
OCTOBER: In A Dark Dark Wood
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I could not put this book down! I was on the hunt for something that would be a thrilling page turner and boy is this it. It tells the story of a bachelorette party gone very wrong, and what happens when jealousy takes over. It takes place in the UK and it's very fun to read their vernacular. I'd be lying if I said I didn't secretly read the whole thing in a British accent.
NOVEMBER : There, There
In honor of Native American Heritage month, I've chosen this book "There, There" by Tommy Orange. While I haven't read it myself, Cain and my best friend Jaq have both read it and give it 5 star reviews. "The book tells the plight of the urban Native American—grappling with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and spirituality, with communion and sacrifice and heroism. Hailed as an instant classic, There There is at once poignant and unflinching, utterly contemporary and truly unforgettable."
DECEMBER: The Christmas Train
I was determined to find a Christmas novel this year but, alas, no such luck. But with a quick search of Amazon, I've stumbled across this David Baldacci novel that sounds like the perfect Christmassy, fireside read. "Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to Los Angeles in time for Christmas. Forced to travel by train, he begins a journey of rude awakenings, thrilling adventures, and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people's essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost."
Well loves, that's it! I am looking into starting a book club in 2021! Comment down below or send me a message if you'd be interested in signing up!
Also, if you haven't already, check out my new video on 10 Habits To Try in the New Year! Reading more is on my list!