As I said in my previous post, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to read more. Since the start of 2017 I have made it a goal to read every single night before bed. I have been trying to steer clear of getting sucked into the endless scroll of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter before catching some z’s.
By doing this I have been able to read some excellent books that I would like to share with you!
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty- This story follows three women who are currently navigating drama in their personal lives and mutual conflict at their children’s school. On the surface it seems like a book adaptation of a Real Housewives show but it takes several dark turns that will instantly engross you in the story. I love the way the author used flash-forwards of ongoing dialogue between other parents at the school to involve the reader in the rumors and gossip. A mini series adaptation premieres on HBO starring Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, and Reese Witherspoon this month. I cannot wait to watch!
- The Defining Decade by Meg Jay- My friend, Erika, and I are currently on a quest to become “regulars” at a local pub in town. I love our weekly happy hours for a variety of reasons but one of these being that we talk about what we are currently reading. This one came as a recommendation from her. The Defining Decade is all about making the most of your twenties and using them as a launching point for the rest of your life. I found this book to be very informative and inspiring. It was exactly the kick in the pants I needed to start my year and pursue my own professional and personal goals.
- Before the Fall by Noah Hawley- I have always been obsessed with crime shows; Law & Order, CSI, Criminal Minds—-I cannot get enough. The darker and creepier-the better. I think I enjoyed this book so much because it reminds of these shows. (Side note: Due to my obsession with these shows I have planned out my ultimate escape from the clutches of serial killers, psychopaths, and bad guys. I have imagined a variety of scenarios: home invasion, car jacking, walking alone at night, shopping mall luring via a baby—so come at me, bro) In this book a private plane crashes on it’s way back to NYC from the Hamptons. As the story unfolds you begin to question whether it was an accident or if foul play was involved due to the high profile passengers on board. If you read this, please let me know! I have some feelings I need to process.
- So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson- This book is all about our fascination with public shamings as a culture. Why do we delight so much in seeing someone’s life destroyed? This book follows several people who faced public backlash (primarily online) over missteps they made in their lives, most being misunderstandings. This is a quick and fascinating read!
My next reads are The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery and Euphoria by Lily King.
What are you reading? I would love to hear your recommendations!