In 2018 I read 42 books. Yes you read that correctly, 42! I set a goal to read 40 books in 12 months, but got a little aggressive towards the end and kept going. Was it easy, not always. Did I want to give up midway through? Definitely! But I pushed through, blocked out things and people that would derail me from my goal, and focused. I’m happy to report I read 42 books by Thanksgiving giving me a month for reflection. During my blogging hiatus I spent all of my free time reading and spending time with family and friends. I learned so much about myself, God and even others from all the books. Reading was not only a hobby but also my tool for self-reflection. I can literally tell you what I was going through and where I was in life by looking at each title.
Even though I am book blogger so come on, clearly I enjoy reading; I honestly don’t really tell people I’ve read 42 books in 11 months because they look at me like I have two heads lol. But for you by dear friends, below are my top 5 favorites!
THE 7 HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO
AUTHOR: TAYLOR JENKINS REID
This was hands down my favorite book of 2018. HANDS DOWN GUYS!! Even though I had a goal, I still managed to pause and read this book TWICE. Follow along Hollywood icon Evelyn Hugo as she tells her truths about her glamorous and scandalous life. We get to learn about ALL SEVEN of her husbands! So many hidden life lessons in this little book; if you don’t read anything else from this list, read this one!!!
THE HATE YOU GIVE
AUTHOR: ANGIE THOMAS
I’ve shouted this book out before but OOO MMMMM GGGGG. The simple fact that this book became a movie this year touched my heart. Readers sympathize with 16-year-old Starr as she witnesses her best friend gets murdered by a police officer. Readers watch as Starr finds her voice even when she wants to hide.
WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE
AUTHOR: OPRAH WINFREY
So this book changed my life. I mean come on, it’s AUNTIE O so clearly it’s going to be great!! This book highlights all of the little gems that Oprah has learned throughout her life that has attributed to not only her success but also her peace of mind. I definitely plan to read this one again this year.
WHAT ALICE FORGOT
AUTHOR: LIANE MORIARTY
Liane Moriarty is my favorite author! Her writing style will have you immersed in every single book she writes! I have read every one of her books but I think this one is my favorite by far. Alice is a very realistic character that literally goes non-stop 24/7. But what happens when you are forced to stop life because you literally can’t remember!? Readers get the opportunity to watch as Alice re-determines what is considered important in life.
31 DEVOTIONS FOR THE EMPOWERED WOMAN
AUTHOR: RAINBOW HUFF
This is an amazing devotional that can be read over and over again! The author is empowering and able to connect with women in their every day struggle. What is great about this book is that each day ends with a great prayer.
Happy Reading and may God stretch, strengthen, and provide you with a hobby such as reading that will give you knowledge that can be used to get through the hard times!