So far, I have really shocked myself when it comes to reading. I have been loving it and I’ve hit the ground running this year. My goal is to read 25 books this year, but at the rate that I’m currently finishing books I may increase my goal to 50. The books I read this month were ones that I’ve been putting off for a while. Including The Kite Runner that I bought back in middle school, but I’ve just now gotten around to reading it. TBH, I’m glad I waited until now to read this book.
I’m currently trying to only read books that I own. However, if I’m not inspired to read something I own or I want to read a particular topic then I will rent the book from the library onto my iPad. Basically all of the books I still own are comprised of a few coffee table books, fiction, and nonfiction. I’m trying to edit what I have in my home (as always) and I want to make sure that I love everything I keep. I also want to be able to say that I’ve read the books that I own and that they aren’t just for decoration. I want them to serve a purpose in my home other than filling up an empty spot on my coffee table.
what i read in january
1 | make yourself at home: design your space to discover your true self by Moorea Seal
Y’all, I loved this book! Moorea is such a lovely person and we’ve had numerous convos on Instagram. When I heard she was coming out with a book that wasn’t one of her lists’ books, I knew I had to get it! I pre-ordered this book and she signed it.
It was really nice for me to read a book about home decor as I moved a few months before 2019 and I was settling into my second place. But this is the first time, I am actually in my space full time. The previous place I had, I only stayed at on weekends since I traveled for a living.
If you need any home inspiration and ways to do a few DIY projects, or hone in on what you like. Then you will love this book as much as I did!
2 | the kite runner by Khaled Hosseini
This book is tragic, but at the same time it is marvelous. It’s like an insider’s perspective into what was going on for individuals living in Afghanistan during the 70s and 80s. It also depicted how the area transformed after different rebel groups took over. There isn’t much to say without giving away the entire storyline, but if you are triggered easily by violence and abuse I would say to skip this one.
3 | glow: the nutritional approach to naturally gorgeous skin by Nadia Neumann
I absolutely loved this book. I started following Nadia’s blog years ago when I was first interested in clearing my acne and switching to all natural/clean beauty products. Her book is amazing with a lot of useful tips & recipes. She also has a great approach when it comes to clean eating by helping the reader understand the science behind it all without making you feel guilty if you occasionally eat unhealthy.
This book is a must read if you’re interested in wellness, clean eating, and clean beauty!
4 | styled: secrets for arranging rooms, from tabletops to bookshelves by Emily Henderson
This is such a fun book and an easy read. I liked that there was a quiz to define your style. Of course, I got minimalist and my opposite was bohemian, which is exactly my interior style.
If you’re decorating, need ideas, or just want to refresh your space with what you have or something new. This book is just for you!
5 | broke millennial: stop scraping by and get your financial life together by Erin Lowry
I just as disappointed with this book as I was with The Financial Diet that I mentioned in my books I read in 2018 post. I enjoyed watching Erin on The Financial Diet’s YouTube channel and thought her book would be very informative. But I think I know more about personal finance, saving, and investing then I thought I did.
If you’re just starting out with budgeting, learning about truly saving, etc. then you may enjoy this book. It was kinda all over the place for me, but it helped me realize that I know more than I thought and I need to implement what I know more.
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