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Saturday, 12 January 2019

Five Books I Can't Wait to Read in the New Year

Last year, I told myself I would read more. Unfortunately, it didn't happen... life just got in the way. But this year, I'm going to make a conscious effort to reach for a book instead of my phone, so that I can try and rekindle that love of reading I used to pride myself on. In an attempt to hold myself to this, I've set myself a Goodreads target of 24 books (you can follow me on Goodreads here), and I thought I'd make a list of five books that I'd really like to get to sooner rather than later this year. Fingers crossed it works...

One Perfect Christmas & Other Stories - Paige Toon
Okay, so this is slightly cheating because I started this a few days before Christmas. But, I didn't get terribly far through it, so the majority of the reading of this one will be done in January of 2019, so it totally counts. If you've followed me for a while, either on here or Goodreads, you probably know that I am a huge Paige Toon fan. Everything she writes, I buy and read, and she's my go-to author when I'm in a bit of a reading funk. This book is a collection of short stories, all to do with the novels that I have already read. I loved the idea of having this opportunity to check back in with some of my favourite characters and seeing where Paige Toon imagines their stories taking them. Cannot wait to get through this one.

Becoming - Michelle Obama
I am a massive Michelle Obama fan - I love her and everything she stands for. So when I saw that her autobiography was hitting bookstore shelves just weeks before Christmas, I knew it had to be on my list. Everyone who asked what I wanted for Christmas was told this - there was no way I was missing out. I'm really looking forward to learning more about Michelle's life and hear her take on her time as the First Lady of America. I have a feeling I will feel incredibly motivated and inspired once I finish.

Some Kind of Wonderful - Giovanna Fletcher
Another Christmas gift... the latest Giovanna Fletcher release. I've read all of Giovanna's fiction up to this recent release and knew I'd have to add it to my collection somehow. I love all of her novels, so I always have high hopes when she releases something new. Another classically girly read, with a relatable protagonist, it's just the thing I need to pick up when life starts getting hectic again once I'm back at work. Gi's novels are such easy reads, something for you to really get lost in - and she's absolutely lovely too!

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k - Sarah Knight
In true new year, new me style, I'm making some tenuous promises to myself about self-improvement - the usual looking after myself and being more organised sort of thing. And then, when I was flicking through Insta Stories, I spotted Anna with Get Your Sh*t Together, also by Sarah Knight, I was reminded of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k that's been sat on my bookshelf for who knows how long. I'm a huge culprit of letting other people's opinions of me affect the way I choose to behave, and I think that 2019 is the year that I start doing more for me. Last year, one of my goals was to say yes more, but learn when to say no, and I think this is the perfect continuation of this goal. Time to put my big-girl-pants on and get on with being me.

You - Caroline Kepnes
This has been a book I've known about for a while, and have meant to pick up but have always put off for one reason or another. But Stephen and I have just started the Netflix series of You, and I am hooked. It's so creepy and addictive, and really has got me thinking about what I share online. Penn Badgley has been incredible - think the stalker levels of Dan in Gossip Girl, but multiplied by 1000. I can't wait to finish the television series, and once I do, I want to pick up the book to see how it compares. I can already tell, I'm going to have high hopes.

Well, they are just five of the books that I really want to read in 2019. Honestly, I could have gone on and on, so I'm sure there'll be some more bookish posts throughout the year. If you want to see how I'm getting on with my reading challenge, be sure to check out my Goodreads.

What are you looking forward to reading this year?

Love Lexie

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