2018 Reading List

Hi Friends! Happy Friday. I'm so ready for the weekend, it's been our first full week of school since December 18th so i'm struggling, for sure. I'm so ready for a slow weekend full of snuggles, sweat pants, coffee and good books. Of course my son is turning 15 this weekend so there may or may not be tears and celebrating this weekend, too but nothing makes me happier than long, slow weekend mornings followed by afternoons full of celebrations.

If you read my 2018 Goals post then you know that one of my goals is to read 12 books this year. That's one a month, which should be totally do-able, especially when it comes to those slow weekend mornings. I could easily curl up on the couch with a cup of coffee and a book, instead of my iPad and spend my time more intentionally. My heart needs it.

I've been collecting books for the last few years but haven't really read many from cover to cover so I have this shelf full of books that inspired me to make reading more one of my goals for 2018. My husband and I frequent Ollie's on the weekend. It's a bargain outlet that has a pretty amazing book selection that he and I have both been buying tons of books from. Some of the books on my reading list have come from recommendations but most of them are from our Ollie's trips together so you'll notice a big variety of books on my reading list but i'm always looking for more recommendations so send me yours.

2018 Reading List

Year Of Yes Shonda Rhimes

Can we all agree that she is a powerhouse of a woman? She has three hit shows on t.v. and three children. She manages it all like a true boss and she does it all with style and grace. I love that she is an introvert, too and saying No was what was comfortable to her. It amazes me that a women with this much success is a normal mom and woman like myself, who lets being an introvert stop her from doing even more amazing things. I can definitely say that this book is something that grabbed my attention because I find so much inspiration in her and even relate to her on a personal level.

Flourish Margaret Feinberg

This is a year of weekly devotionals that are aimed at living a more fulfilled life and bringing blessings and joy to others. It's also focused more on living in the present moment and digging deeper into the word of God. This is the kind of devotional that I truly need in my life. I had honestly never heard of it until we were perusing the book aisles at Ollie's last weekend and it just grabbed my attention so I am looking forward to jumping into it.

Grace, Not Perfection Emily Ley

I am currently reading this one and loving it. It's one of those life changing books. If you live under a rock and haven't heard of Emily or this book, it's about Emily's life as a mom, wife, and successful business woman and how, admist the chaos, she decided she needed to ssimplify and prioritize her life. Even if you don't have kids or aren't a married woman, I think this book has something for you. It's interactive and at the end of each chapter she gives you tasks to work through to bring calmness and intention to your life through Grace, Not Perfection.

For The Love Jen Hatmaker

I've been hearing about Jen Hatmaker everywhere. She's a powerhouse amongst the entrepreneur world. She talks about breaking the mold in a Pinterest filled world and how ease our impossible standards on everything from motherhood to being a picture perfect wife. We put these incredibly hard and impossible standards on ourselves. They're unattainable and she's helping us overcome that.

The Magnolia Story Chip and Joanna Gaines

If you haven't heard of the Gaines' by now then I'm not sure we can be friends. My in laws gave me this book last Christmas and it's been sitting on my shelf ever since. The Magnolia Story is the real life of Chip and Joanna and their very real lives together and how they came to be who they are now and how their company came to be. The book is filled with hilarious stories of the life they've created together, too.

Wildflower Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore is one of my favorite actresses to date. She's so hilarious and successful but also very raw and honest about her life.
Wildflower is a personal look into her journey to becoming famous along with the heartbreaks and addictions along the way that made her the strong willed, beautiful, happy, successful woman she is today.

The Good, The Bad, and The Grace of God
Jep and Jessica Roberston

My husband and I are huge fans of the Roberstons. They're a good southern family with roots deep in family and God. Their faith is un-wavering and even through their success and fame, they stay true to their roots. They've never forgotten where they came from and how they got where they are today. In this book, Jep and Jessica talk about their years of heartaches, heartbreaks and the un-filtered truth about their up bringings and relationships and ultimately, their marriage and faith.

The Hive Gill Hornby

This book is something mothers of young, school age children can relate to. It's Mean Girls for moms. It follows four moms and their friendships and the joys and perils with life and motherhood.

The Perfect Stranger Megan Miranda

From the author of the New York Times Best Seller All The Missing Girls. Perfect Strangers is about a journalist who sets out to find her missing friend, that may never existed at all. I've just gotten into these suspense thrillers but the last one I read had me on the edge of the seat the entire time so I can't wait to start this one.

The Year of Cozy Adrianna Adarme

This book isn't really a sit down and read cover to cover book. It's filed with crafts and recipes and projects broken down by month. I want to spend the entire year reading this book and making one recipe or project from each month.

I'm always looking for new recommendations so tell me, what's on your reading list?


  1. I loved Wildflower. I bought the year of cozy for someone last year for Christmas and she loved it. It looks so cute!

    1. I've had Wildflower for so long but haven't read it yet. It might be my next read. I don't know yet because I have to many good books. I've picked up several more since this post! Year of Cozy is such a good book. I bought it as a Christmas gift, too then had to have a copy for myself.


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