12 Books to Read This Year

I love Sundays.  Mainly because I love a good brunch, but I love a good brunch with my Sunday paper. One of my favorite Sunday morning rituals is reading the New York Times Book Review.  I’m a sucker for the musty, inky copy paper smell and I love the gothic font lettering.  I enjoy what new books are being released out into the world and the challenge to tackle some new literature.  It makes me happy, it makes me really happy.  While I’m a little late in the game on mapping out the books I’d love to read this year, it’s better late than never!  So, no more procrastination, here is my list I’m hoping to tackle.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
What makes life worth living? Based on the author’s journey from neurosurgeon to stage IV cancer patient, this memoir is supposed to be a real tearjerker.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Usually, I prefer to read the books then watch the show, but this time I’m doing things backward. I’ve become a huge fan of the TV show, now it’s time to read the story. Time-travel romance? I’m in.

Where the Light Gets In by Kimberly Williams- Paisley
A heartbreaking journey of a mother, daughter, and dementia.  Williams-Paisley delves into her mother’s heartbreaking and devastating illness.  It’s a journey that is becoming incredibly common and I am so curious about how she reconciles this emotional situation.

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris
I love David Sedaris. I will read anything by him. So funny, and this collection is supposed to be nothing less.

Sticky Fingers by Joe Hagan
Who doesn’t love Rolling Stone magazine? This book is a magical tour of rock and roll and the history of a magazine.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k by Mark Manson
Of course I care! But sometimes, I just need to let go. This book teaches how.

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Another mother and daughter tale– but this one is full of secrets and danger. I love page-turners.

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
I will pick up anything by Brene Brown. She’s funny and full of knowledge. Her latest book deals with relationships and sense of self–should be for an interesting read!

Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
This one has been around a while and one that I have wanted to read for a long time! A story about three friends who grew up together and are now reunited, the book is a true coming-of-age story.

All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
Suspense and secrets! About a picture-perfect Connecticut town that takes a controversial turn. Supposed to be absolutely spellbinding.

The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane von Furstenberg
Personal stories from the woman of fashion herself. Wise words abound!

Prairie Fires by Caroline Fraser
Did you read Little House on the Prairie as a child? I loved learning about life on the plains. This is the first biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the little girl inside of me cannot wait to read!

What books are on your must-read list? I’m open to suggestions!


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  • Margaret Dye

    I will have to pick up that Laura Ingalls Wilder bio! Love how much and how well you’re channeling her in these photos- she was my immediate thought upon seeing them, before I’d read the post. 🙂

  • Alicia

    I ADORED “Never Let Me Go” (the movie is breathtaking too, by the way, but of course, read the book first!)—it’s heartbreakingly beautiful & will definitely stay with you. Also, hooray for jumping into Outlander!! Just be prepared to become instantly addicted & gobble up the entire series (or, if you’re anything like me, read them over & over again, catching something new each time). Diana Gabaldon is an amazing author, & like you & David Sedaris, I’ll read any and everything she writes!

  • Jamile

    When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi looks great, and the greatest thing is…… I found in portuguese, my official language ?

  • Jess

    Hi Gen! I just ordered a bunch of books from Amazon. A few are “The Book of Awakening” by Mark Nepo which I’m excited to read. I’ve already read “The Wheel of Healing with Ayurveda” which I loved! Thank you for the great suggestions 🙂

  • Shauna

    I think I’m going to have to check out All is Not Forgotten. That one sounds pretty good and I’m a sucker for a good suspense.??

  • Catt

    I have so many book recommendations it’s insane! I’ll read just about anything, but I love horror the most. I definitely recommend the Asylum series. Right now I’m reading a portry book with poems by Robert Frost, It Gets Worse by Shane Dawson, and The Brothers Grimm fairy tales.

  • Alyson

    Have to admit I don’t read as much as I used to, but last year I really enjoyed “The Sun and Her Flowers” by Rupi Kaur. The first book of poetry I’ve read cover-to-cover since I was a kid and would devour e.e. cummings and Langston Hughes.

    And any of Anne Lamott’s books on faith (don’t bother with her fiction). “Victoria” by Daisy Goodman is great.

    But my all time favorite book is “A Fine Balance” by Tohinton Mistry. Huge, fascinating, gut-wrenching, but ultimately inspiring, I’ve read it three times.

  • Alyson

    Sorry, that’s Rohinton Mistry, not Tohinton. Call me fat-fingers!

  • Axelle

    I am so happy Never Let Me Go is on your list and I wish I could feel the immense emotions of reading it for the first time. Almost jealous ! This is both an easy read because it is accessible and extremely clear and it flows naturally, and an incredibly hard one because the emotions are at their rawest and strongest. The movie is quite good too, it won’t ruin your vision of it at all. I can not wait to hear more of your journey with those characters, and your thoughts about the treasures and the revelations along the way. Masterpiece for sure !

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