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Remember when I promised myself that 2018 would be the year I went back to my book-loving roots? Yea, me neither…

I may have failed at my reading goals last year, but that doesnโ€™t mean that I cannot try again this year. In fact, for Christmas this year my wish list contained mostly books. I miss the feeling of sitting down with a good book and letting the next few hours slip away as I immerse myself in the words on the pages. Yea, I need more of that in my life.

Instead of weighing myself down by declaring the number of books that must read in 2019, I am going to just simply start. I have a slew of books on my โ€˜want to readโ€™ list and rather than timing out what to read and how long I have to read it – I am just going to pick up one and see where I end up. Here are the first few books on my New Year list:

Becoming by Michelle Obama

You might actually (like for real, for real) be living under a rock if you have not seen or heard about this glorious work of art. I honestly have not heard one negative review about this book and I cannot wait to devour this stunning memoir. As someone who is passionate about a good memoir as she is about the impact the Obamas had on this country, I am eager to get an inside look at the life of this brilliant woman.

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

Since we are on the topic of influential women in politics, I might as well discuss my excitement for this witty portrait of words on the life and legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Talk about a trailblazer who ecompases everything that is womenโ€™s rights…this magical specimen has a story to be told. Along with her story, this book shares photos and interviews with both Ruth and close friends/family members. Honestly, this is the book I am probably most excited to read.

The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton

I confess that I am guilty of being somewhat obsessed with crime documentaries (does that say something about me??) In fact, I have devoured pretty much every crime doc Netflix has aired and I am now making my way into the books that follow suit. I have heard some really wonderful things about Anthonyโ€™s story and his portrayal of the 30 years he spent on death row for a crime he did not commit. I am in awe of the humans who endure false convictions and cannot wait to dive into his story.

Educated by Tara Westover

This beauty has been sitting in my Amazon cart since it first came out and it might be the book I start with. This is especially the case because Mr. Obama just shared it on his list of favorite books from 2018. I meanโ€ฆ.if itโ€™s good enough for Barack, itโ€™s good enough for me! To imagine that I was graduating high school at the age Tara first stepped into a classroom is unfathomable and I look forward to reading her story of courage and strength.

The Quiet Room by Lori Schiller & Amanda Bennett

This was a book that I found on another bloggerโ€™s Favorite Books of 2018 list (see Chauceeโ€™s full list here.) As I mentioned earlier, I am a sucker for a good memoir. With that being said, I am eager to read Loriโ€™s personal and profound tale of her battle with mental illness. After being diagnosed with schizophrenia, Lori battled against her inner-demons and somehow came out a survivor. I am really excited to read her amazing story.

cover photo by fabiola penalba


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Hey there! I'm Rachel & this here is my little spot on the internet. For the past eight years, I have used this space to share my love for traveling around the world, but I should warn you: I occasionally share my love for everything else on here too (including all things puppies because..... puppies). tysm for stopping by! Read More


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