This year I set out to read more than I did last year, and I initially wanted to read 25 books. Well, I ended up reading 35! I realize I should have broken this into a few posts, but here we are - I’ll plan to do that in 2019. Here’s a list of the 35 books I read in 2018, with my top 5 given small descriptions. As always, it’s a mix of fiction, non-fiction, spiritual, and a few of the classics. What was your favorite read of 2018?
Judgment Detox - Gabrielle Bernstein
Reading People - Anne Bogel
Rules of Civility - Amor Towles
Called to Create: A Biblical Invitation to Create, Innovate & Risk - Jordan Raynor - I loved this book. I think it was a great read because it urges creative people to continue to try, to innovate, and to take risks in life. If you’re a creative person, that’s a gift you were given on purpose. Flex those muscles and create!
The Fifth Avenue Artists Society - Joy Callaway
Secret Sisters - Joy Callaway
Lilac Girls - Martha Hall Kelly - This book was tough to read at times, but ultimately one of the best books I read in 2018. It’s a fictional account of a true story centered on WWII; specifically Polish women in a concentration camp. It’s a part of history I knew nothing about prior to reading this book.
The Mingling of Souls - Matt Chandler
Why Her? - Nicki Koziarz
Last Christmas in Paris - Hazel Gaynor & Heather Webb
How to Win Friends & Influence People - Dale Carnegie
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L’Engle
The Gardner Heist - Ulrich Boser - I read this before I went to Boston and visited the Isabella Gardner Museum, and I’m so glad I did! It was a quick-paced historical read with interesting facts all along the way. Plus, it’s still an unsolved heist…who doesn’t love a good crime novel?
Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan
Everybody, Always - Bob Goff
China Rich Girlfriend - Kevin Kwan
She’s Still There - Chrystal Evans Hurst
Same Kind of Different as Me - Ron Hall and Denver Moore
Rich People Problems - Kevin Kwan
Come Matter Here - Hannah Brencher
The Forger’s Spell - Edward Dolnick
The Alice Network - Kate Quinn
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
Pachinko - Min Jin Lee
When Life Gives You Lululemons - Lauren Weisberger
Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World - Scott Harrison - I heard Scott Harrison, the CEO of Charity: Water, speak while I was in Boston attending INBOUND 2018, and I pre-ordered his book on the spot. While I knew the bones of his story, I was excited to read more and see how Charity: Water is bringing clean water to those in need. Harrison has a truly unique view of non-profit work, and it’s inspiring to say the least. Plus, 100% of the proceeds from book purchases goes toward bringing clean water to more people in the world.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone - J.K. Rowling
The Confidence Code; the Science and Art of Self-Assurance - What Women Should Know - Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
Next Year in Havana - Chanel Cleeton
It’s Not Supposed to be This Way - Lysa TerKeurst
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
The Last Mrs. Parrish - Liv Constantine - It might be because I just finished this book, but it was one of the better fiction reads I picked up! I’ve been reading a few books from Reese Witherspoon’s book club, and so far they haven’t disappointed. The Last Mrs. Parrish was suspenseful and quick-moving; the perfect holiday read!
Cheers to more reading in 2019!