2017 Reading Recommendations

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!

Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times

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.

The Rome Affair by Karen Swan

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.

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

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.

Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

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 – James Van Praagh

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.

2018 Reading Challenge

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.

Happy reading!


  1. robin rue | 3rd Jan 18

    Glad you enjoyed your books. I will be sure to check some of these out and add them to my 2018 reading list!!

  2. Janet - Shabbyfufu | 3rd Jan 18

    My daughter has The Girl On The Train in her room so I’m going to grab it for my next read. Some of the others here I haven’t heard of and will check out.

  3. irishred13 | 3rd Jan 18

    I am always looking for new books to read. Thanks for making this list, there are a few I haven’t heard of before.

  4. Candy | 3rd Jan 18

    Think I will start with the Rome’s Affair and go from there. Love to disappear into a good book

  5. Everyday Made Fresh | 3rd Jan 18

    I really would love to read this year, stuff other than homeschool materials. I will have to check these titles out.

  6. Amber | 3rd Jan 18

    Thank you for these recommendations. I love to read, so I’ll add these to my list. I really enjoyed Big Little Lies!

  7. Sara Welch | 3rd Jan 18

    I would love to do this challenge. i want to read more.

  8. Lynn White | 4th Jan 18

    I used to read a book a week. Between work and just life and general, I don’t have time to read as often as i would like. Thanks for these suggestions!

  9. Pam Wattenbarger | 4th Jan 18

    I still haven’t read The Girl on the Train. Everyone keeps recommending it to me so I have been meaning to.

  10. Valerie Gray (@valmg) | 4th Jan 18

    I love to read and keep promising myself I’ll make more time from it. I saw the Big Little Lies mini-series and think the book could be interesting.

  11. Our Family World | 4th Jan 18

    Thank you for the book suggestions. I am currently building my reading list for the first quarter of this year and this post is a big help!

  12. Sandy N Vyjay | 4th Jan 18

    These are some good recommendations for 2018 reading. Regarding the reading challenge, though I am not taking it as a challenge, I am aiming for 25 book, an approximate average of 2 per month.

  13. Ali || Veggies by Candlelight | 4th Jan 18

    The girl on the train is a great read! One of my goals is to be able to read more in 2018!

  14. Chubskulit Rose | 4th Jan 18

    Sounds like a great book to read. One of my goals this year is get back to reading books.

  15. Jenn @ EngineerMommy | 4th Jan 18

    There are a lot of good book suggestions here. I would love to check out Big Little Lies. It sounds like a wonderful read. I need to make more time to read in the new year.

  16. mimicutelips | 4th Jan 18

    I need to read Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times. That is a good book to start my year off with. I will search for it in Audible.

  17. Tomi C | 4th Jan 18

    I am a sucker for a good book, a mug of tea and a blanket. I’ve got a few page turners lined up this year and can’t wait to dive in. Oh and love, love, love Goodreads.

    • stephaniewp | 4th Jan 18

      Awesome! You should add me to Goodreads 🙂

  18. Anosa Malanga | 4th Jan 18

    I missed reading lately since I was busy with work and other stuffs. This year I want to make time on reading. Might check out the #GirlBoss and the Girl in the train.

  19. Terri Ramsey Beavers | 5th Jan 18

    I think I would really enjoy The Rome Affair by Karen Swan. I purchased The Girl on the Train but haven’t started it yet. I’ll have to try all of your suggestions.

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