I was a little ambitious this year when it came to reading. My plate was full, but at the same time I thought I could conquer the world. I’ve realized that things take time and sometimes even though you want to accomplish a gigantic goal. You have to plan and prepare for it – something I definitely didn’t do when it came to reading. So, instead of continuing to pressure myself to read 100 books this year, I took a step back and decided to read what I wanted along with enjoying the process. I haven’t read anywhere near 100 books this year, but I’m glad that I was able to read ten books that have been on my list for a while. I’m currently making a list for what I want to read in 2018 and it will be more realistic this time.
all the books i read in 2017 (in order):
1 | the life-changing magic of tyding up: the japanese art of decluttering and organizing by Marie Kondo
This book is a must read in the “minimalist community”, however, I’m not a fan. I feel like it’s an interesting book if you know a little bit about simplifying your life and you want some new ideas on what to do. But overall, if you’re a new minimalist – I wouldn’t say this is a must read.
2 | bloom: navigating life and style by Estee Lalonde
This book was written by Estée, a beauty and lifestyle blogger/YouTuber. She is one of the many bloggers that actually gave me the confidence to start blogging, which I’m glad I did.
This book is all about her life and different aspects of her life from being a Canadian that moved to London to her love of plants.
3 | the girl on the train by Paula Hawkins
Definitely wasn’t my favorite book in the thriller category. I saw the movie as well (on a plane) and it didn’t do the book justice, which is hilarious to me because I didn’t enjoy the book! It’s okay if you aren’t good at figuring out what character is apt to be the true villain. But if you are, you may want to move onto another book.
4 | 28 days of clean eating: the healthy way to kick dieting forever by Dalisto Media
This is a quick read. This book details how certain foods are designed to keep you healthy and take away unhealthy cravings. The vast majority of this book includes recipes. A few of which I have tried and love. This is a great book, if you want some new recipes to try and healthier alternatives to foods that may not be the best for you. I’ve had a theme of wanting to educate myself more in the wellness category so this book was right up my alley.
5 | simple matters: living with less and ending up with more by Erin Boyle
This book is by one of my favorite bloggers and the blogger that inspired me to learn more about simple living.
Recommend? Of course!
6 | when breath becomes air by Paul Kalanithi
This book was literally life-changing! I loved every single second of it! I have recommended it to everyone. Even one blogger mentioned it in her blog post about recommended books. Paul’s story is tragic, but it pulls on your heart and shows you that no matter what happens in your life. Keep going, never stop learning, and do what you love.
7 | eat pretty: nutrition for beauty inside and out by Jolene Hart
This wasn’t my favorite book because it seemed to have one point of view when it comes to health. Instead of focusing on figuring out what works best for you, it was more of telling you what you need to do and that’s the only thing that works. There are some great recipes in this book that I’d recommend. It’s only great if you have an open mind towards health and beauty.
8 | wellth: how i learned to build a life not a resume by Jason Wachob
Such an amazing book about wellness and wellbeing. It definitely coincides with why I wanted to become a minimalist. It’s not just about getting rid of stuff, it’s more than that to me. It’s about my wellness journey as a whole. Living a life that is true to who I am instead of being blinded by physical and mental clutter.
9 | joyous health: eat and live without dieting by Joy McCarthy
This is a great book especially if you’re interested in wellness. I was able to learn more about wellness and what I’d like to incorporate in my life. There are also a lot of great recipes in this book too!
10 | the honest life: living naturally and true to you by Jessica Alba
I was definitely a fan of The Honest Company and their products, but after reading this book I felt a little indifferent about them. Jessica gives you a lot of tips on how to choose better when it comes to products that aren’t completely “clean”, but she also tells you how to make some. So it made me think a lot about why purchase The Honest Co. products at all? I mean, if you feel like you don’t have time to make them, then yes buy the products. Otherwise, the recipes she gives you to make them yourself are super simple – even if you don’t have much time!
I read some great books and some that tanked, but overall I’m glad that I read a few books this year! I probably picked up about 50+ books this year and the vast majority of them I didn’t finish. But what I read, I’m happy with it.