Well, another year of reading has come and gone and although I did not reach my 2017 reading goal I still managed to read some amazing tales. In this post, I will share what some of my favorite books of 2017 were, and I will share with you what my reading goals are for 2018. Because it’s always a good idea to have a game plan.
I had a pretty ambitious reading goal in 2017 of 35 books. I thought this was pretty manageable seeing how I read 30 in 2016. However, I ended up spending much more time writing this year than reading so I was unable to stick to that goal. Oh well.
Check out some of my fav’s here if you are looking for a good read!
Pema Chodron’s approach to sharing ancient Buddhist wisdom is very direct and easy to absorb. This makes her lovable to both beginners and the experienced. She was twice divorced and is an American. Making her relatable and inspiring in her writings.
This is a beautiful book for those who are dealing with a fear of any kind. Fear in relationships, fear in practice, fear of the future, you name it we all have it. In this book, Pema teaches a totally different approach to dealing with the difficulties that this emotion can have on us.
Each chapter you read is filled with dozens of thoughts and opinions that will widen your perspective and help you embrace all emotions in your life even the scary ones. A perfect reference to gain inspiration and begin practice with the right mentality.
How romantic is Rome? This book was an inspirational one for me as I plan on visiting Italy next year. I loved this book and it was certainly not what I expected.
This book is all about a young lady who moves to Rome completely on her own (how amazing?). After learning a little bit about her life and falling in love with her spirit we are introduced to another inspirational woman. An American Roman aristocrat socialite woman in her 70s: the complete opposite of our main character.
How their two stories intertwine is filled with delightful twists and turns. Discovering the untold secrets of a woman’s heart, a generation, and class that many never get to see into brings us to a surprise ending that I certainly wasn’t excepting.
A few years ago it seemed that everyone was flying through this page-turner. Except me.
I was dragging my feet on reading it, for reasons unknown. However, I did finally commit in September of 2017 and… woah! I can finally understand what all the fuss is about. This is a sweat-inducing, heart thumping twister of a tale.
I listened to this as an audiobook at the beginning of the summer. I honestly was not expecting much but this read quickly became a huge source of motivation for me and shaped my summer in surprising ways.
It was this book that inspired me to switch my blog to self-hosted, start working with brands and also write my very first e-book. – Getting your Blog Brand Ready – A Beginners Guide to Working with Brands
Written about the life of savvy business women Sophia Amoruso. #Girlboss is a book that will leave you feeling motivated, creative and inspired. Definitely worth checking out.
Featuring school children, married life, and parenthood with a twist. Follow along with the stories of three beautiful ladies as the secrets and dramas of their lives unfold to us and each other. It includes abuse, secrets, plots, and MURDER!
This is a great read that is a little scary and very addicting. Perfect to get you in the cuddle up, hug your children and hide kind of mood.
Adventures of the soul is a great read for the curious earth dweller. If you have ever wondered where we come from and where we go when we are not in this earthly realm then this is a perfectly ghostly and educational read for you.
James Van Praagh has been a medium researching the spirit world for over 30 years. Discover the unique makeup of the human soul, where it goes and get in touch with the mysteries of the unknown.
For 2018 I am committing to reading 30 books. An ambitious but perhaps slightly more realistic goal for me.
I already have quite a few books waiting to be read and have been toying with the idea of re-reading The Harry Potter books. But really who knows where this year in books will take me!
I urge you to sign up for goodreads and make your own reading goal for 2018. Whether it be 10 or 52 books! If you would like to follow along with me in 2018 please just add me as a friend on Goodreads and stay tuned because there are more book reviews coming your way.