As of late, I have started paying more attention to the time I dedicate in my life for reading, and the books I choose to spend that time with.
I have also set a 2019 resolution to read more.
This doesn’t mean I am going to speed read as many books as I can this year, instead it means that I am going to take more time thinking about what I am reading, enjoying it but also writing notes to hopefully post some book reviews. As my blog shows, I have such a wide range of interest that it is hard to just choose one genre – plus who would want to do that to themselves!?
You may also ask, “If you aren’t planning on speeding through books, why have you written a list?” Well – a common problem I came across in 2018 was that I was missing out on reading because I didn’t know what to read! This list will act a solution, and if you have a similar problem I recommend trying this out.
Book One: Monster in the Closet – Karen Rose
I will admit, I have already started reading this one. I LOVE Rose’s writing style, genre and her books get me even more excited because she writes in series – so whilst it concentrates on a different angle, I already know who the majority of the characters are!
If you are interested in the crime/police fiction genre, then you MUST take a read of a Karen Rose book. She is a truly fantastic author! I am planning on writing a blog post about my thoughts on this book, so I won’t go into much detail on what is happening so far – but, IT’S REALLY GOOD.
Book Two: Lord of the Rings, Return of the King – J.R.R. Tolkien
I won’t go on too much, as if you have read my blog posts you already know the situation with the Lord of the Rings series. However, I am excited to read the third and final part of the Company’s journey. I won’t be writing a summary of what happens, as I honestly have no idea myself. I’m quite proud that I have managed to go so many years without anyone actually telling me what happens and I take spoilers VERY seriously. I would also like to do an overall book(s) review on the Lord of the Rings series so you will be able to read my thoughts then!
Book Three: Becoming – Michelle Obama
There has been a large amount of ‘hype’ around this book, and for all the right reasons. I hadn’t much interest, or much clue, about American politics (and to be honest what is even happening right now) when Obama was president. This means I will be going into reading this inspiring account with an open mind and fully prepared to explore the thoughts and experiences the past U.S. First Lady had.
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From what I have read, her memoir allows the reader to explore her personal insights into what it was like in her childhood, to becoming a mother but also being ‘just’ the President’s wife – despite being anything other than ‘just’ that.
Book Four: A Winston Churchill Biography – ???
I actually have yet to decide which book I would like to read, however, what I do know is that I am excited to learn more about him. I love nothing more than a good old Churchill quote, as I find them so inspiring and motivating to try to make sure you leave your mark, even if it isn’t quite the way he did.
However, I am also interested to explore the inner thoughts, emotions and struggles that being the prime minister during WWII bought along with it. Jack and I went to watch ‘The Darkest Hour’ last year, and that was a stepping stone to learning more about this, however, I am keen to delve deeper into the man who made some of the biggest decisions in modern history.
Book Five: The Four Pillar Plan and The Stress Solution – Dr Rangan Chatterjee
I used to be a HUGE fan of Dr Rangan Chatterjee’s podcast, ‘Feel Better, Live More’, however somewhere along the line I stopped listening and I have no idea why.
Whilst scrolling through Amazon’s best seller books I came across his book, ‘The Four Pillar Plan’, and was like “HEY I KNOW THAT” and the memory of his podcast came flooding back to me. So as I am writing this I have just spent the past week binge listening to his podcast, however, I am also now very keen to dive into his two books!
The Four Pillar Plan has been out for a while, however, Dr Chatterjee released ‘The Stress Solution’ in late December 2018 and I am very excited! Stress is something that unfortunately builds up quite easy for me, and I have to consciously do things to keep it at bay – which I expect this book is going to be great for!
Dr Rangan Chatterjee was the first doctor I had ever heard talk about using other options that wasn’t prescriptions and antibiotics. He was the first doctor that actually inspired me to take a look at my health, wellbeing and lifestyle and make changes to better myself. I find his podcast, and I hope to find his two books, very empowering and I am looking forward to implementing his tips into my lifestyle!
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Wow. There we go – the answer to the upcoming books that I will be reading! As I have written this I might actually have to change the order of some of these / potentially read the Four Pillar Plan on the side, as I am actually so excited to learn more about health!
Also, now I really want a Winston Churchill quote book… I know you are reading this Mum and Jack…
Let me know what books you are currently reading in the comments below, or message me on social media, as I am always looking for new titles!
Until next time my friends!