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CULTURE: Reading Update

CULTURE: Reading Update

Balancing: Reading binges, and reading dry spells


I don’t think I have disclosed this information yet, but I am a crazy list person. I can’t tell you how many times a friend or my boyfriend have made fun of me for running out for something quick and HAVING to make a list. So when it comes to reading, obviously I have a list for that too.

I swear everything in life can be helped with by writing it down…

Holiday Shopping? Make a list
Grocery Shopping? Make a list
Need to make a huge decision? Make a pro con list
Stressed out at work?: Make a list




I don’t only make lists for things I have to do. I also have them for things I want to do! So, it should come to no shock that I have a “To Read” list going right now. After skimming a couple blogs, and Amazon I have made a list to work on. I also vow to write them all down! I have started to read a book I have already read way too many times.

I go through these phases where I cannot put my kindle down, and then I’ll go through a dry spell and not pick it up again for months. I’d like to kick this habit and keep it even all year long. Reading seems like a nice way to end my day, get lost in a world different than mine.

Here are my Favorite Reads from 2017:

My Favorite Book Ever: Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close


This is my favorite book EVER. It may be quick  and corny but it is so real and relatable. Every woman, and especially twentysomethings will literally LOL. Everyone has “those friends” or “that friend” and the story is just a breath of fresh air. I have to confess that I read this book three times, because of its great humor.


Americanah: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



I read this book because Beyonce told me too. Little did I know I would end up finishing it in 24 hours. This book was enlightening, interesting and hard to put down. It’s definitely on my list of must reads for twentysomethings. The cute love story doesn’t hurt either.


The Girls: Emma Cline




This book spiraled a somewhat obsession with Charles Manson. Not in a creepy way, I was just fascinated with the “cult” society. I had never learned in depth about the happenings before, so this book was SO interesting. Call me a feminist but I couldn’t believe women mindlessly followed a man like this! Especially when their living situations and even personal health were so so gross.


Here Comes The Sun: Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn


This was an airport read as well, but so so good. This book had me all sorts of confused and completely shocked. I love reading about cultures that differ from mine, so having my eyes opened a little more to Jamaican culture was so interesting.

My To Read List:

She’s Come Undone: Wally Lamb


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


You by Caroline Kepnes


The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard


My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent



These were just found in my TheSkimm Update!
Stay With Me: Ayobami Adebayo
The Last Mrs Parrish: Liv Constantine
The Rules do not apply: Ariel Levy
Standard Deviation: Katherine Heiny