I set a lofty reading goal for myself this year: 35 books. Last year my goal was 30 and I clocked in at 27. I always like to aim a little higher for my goals because then I know I’m going to exceed what I initially thought for myself.
I’ve started off the year strong with already finishing three books (with a fourth on the horizon!). I thought I would share with you guys what I’m reading in the hopes that you want to add these titles to your reading list.
Sidenote: to keep track of all my books/reading challenges, I use Goodreads. It’s a great app to track your reading progress throughout the year without having to wonder how many books you’ve read and which ones they were. Also, it connects to Kindle, so whenever you start a new book, it automatically updates your “Currently Reading” list on Goodreads.
If you saw my post about my 2020 goals, then you know that one of them was to form a morning and evening routine. I saw this book being recommended by a number of YouTubers I follow such as Julie’s Plans and Plan with Laken. I decided to give it a go. It was a quick read, filled with a lot of great tips on how to create a good morning routine that supercharges your day. The key: having a reason to get up in the morning so you’re not dreading when the alarm clock goes off at 5 a.m.
(I’m still working on forming my morning routine, updates to come).
I love Ali Wong. Her work as a comedienne is amazing. I’ve seen her in Netflix’s “Always Be My Maybe”, in ABC’s “American Housewife” and heard her comedic genius in the scripts of “Fresh off the Boat”. I also love reading celebrities’ memoirs, so I thought I would give this a shot. The format of the book was written in a series of letter to her two girls, Mari and Nikki, giving them life advice based on her own life experiences. It was such a raw and funny read, and helped me get to know Ali Wong a lot better as the person behind her comedy.
I’ve had this book on my shelf for over a year, so this year, I finally broke it open. Since I’m relatively new to the world of marketing, I thought this book would be a good place to start to read about the tricks of the trade. It’s very informative so far in terms of the psychology and methodology behind marketing and why it resonates with buyers. I’m eager to see what else the book has in store.
Last year, I became obsessed with Lauren Weisberger’s books. She is the author of the “Devil Wears Prada” trilogy among many other chick lit books. I read almost all of them last year alone! The last one on my list is “Chasing Harry Winston”, which is what I’m currently nose-deep into now. It’s got an interesting plot that follows three women: one who has a steady relationship, one who solely has affairs, and one who just got out of a long-term relationship. They challenge each other to go outside of their comfort zone when it comes to love and the hijinx along the way.
I love the idea of religious devotionals, but there aren’t a whole lot I’ve come across for the Orthodox Church. I picked up this book by Fr. Stavros for the Christmas season, which starts November 15 the lasts until January 7. It had a daily reflection based on a Bible verse. I loved reading them throughout the season, as they were great food for thought going into my day. I liked taking the time during the holiday season to slow down and think about the reason for the season. He also has a book for Lent and on the Divine Liturgy.
That’s what I’m currently reading right now. On deck are “The Last Tycoon” by F. Scott Fitzgerald (the one I picked up at Powell’s) and “Circe” by Madeline Miller.
What is on your reading list?