Guys, I have dropped the ball with reading books. Over the summer, I read a lot. I had the time, and I love a good book while sitting on the beach. I had such high hopes when the year started. I planned on reading a mix of classics, biographies, fiction, etc. I was sick and tired of just reading books only for school. That is going to change now. Every month I am going to read 9 books. Not hard, right? Some books are easier/lighter reads and some have a lot more depth to them. It's not going to be easy, but I really want to make an effort. Not only to keep up with the world, (and my literacy haha), but also as a stress reliever.
I feel like watching Netflix takes up literally all of my free time. I'd much rather watch a few episodes than read a few chapters. But honestly, how beneficial is re-watching episodes of Gossip Girl every day? Not very. Here is a list I put together of books that I have already read/about to read in the upcoming weeks. I don't like recommending books until I have actually read them, but these all sound so good, and I've already started some of them.
1) The After Party: I have heard a lot of good reviews about this book recently. It's by the author who wrote The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls (which is going to be on my next list, for sure). It's all about socialites in Dallas in the 1950's and basically their trials and tribulations throughout life.
2) The Residence: An inside look at life in The White House? Yes, please. I have a weird fascination with American government and Politics, so I'm excited to read this book! Former White House correspondent Kate Andersen Brower interviewed hundreds of butlers, chefs, doormen, other staffers, and even first ladies to get the inside-scoop on the most famous address.
3) Summer at Tiffany: Two young college girls score jobs as the first female employees at Tiffany & Co in the 1940's. I am a vintage and NYC fanatic, so I'm excited to get the inside scoop on working at Tiffany & Co from the perspective of a sweet memoir.
4) Commencement: I am in the middle of this one right now. I read a few chapters every night before bed. It's a story about life as a post-grad from an all women's college, told by four very different roommates. More of a "beach" read, but still good so far, considering I'm so close to being a post-grad myself. (eeep!)
5) American Wife: Another book about life in the White House, although this one's a little different. A small-town woman finds herself thrown into the role of being First Lady and all of the responsibility and actions that come with that title.
6) The Nest: This book has high recommendations and I can't wait to read about the Plumb family and their dysfunctionality. Because, lets face it, all families are dysfunctional. This book highlights the power of family, what money can do to relationships, and how in the end, you learn more in adulthood than childhood. Hopefully it lives up to the hype, I have read mixed reviews on Amazon.
7) Harry Potter and The Cursed Child: WHY HAVEN'T I READ THIS YET?! I am probably the biggest Harry Potter fan in the world. I have read all the books multiple times, seen all of the movies, and visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida. Once I found out there was another book, I almost cried. I think I have waited so long to read it because I feel like I need to re-read the series to catch up on all things HP. That's definitely not going to happen with my schedule, so I just need to start it. It's about Harry Potter all grown-up and the struggles he and his children face because of his past. Eeep! I can't wait!!
8) All The Light We Cannot See: A book that is definitely on the heavier side but a New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner. Just like any girl, I love a good easy, breezy beach-read, but sometimes I like getting into a deep book. I really like books set in history and this one is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied Frace as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. It's honestly one of the ones on the list that I am looking forward to the most.
9) Look at Me: A thriller about a fashion model who emerges from a car accident with basically a face transplant/restructuring. She is still beautiful, but unrecognizable as a stranger in NYC. With such emphasis today on identity and our "image", I am curious to read this book.
Now I just need to be held accountable for actually reading them....
What books are on your must-read list this month?