An Update on the Only New Year Resolution I’ve Kept Up With

I typically don’t make true New Year Resolutions because my birthday is in January. I usually wait a couple weeks to incorporate my resolutions because I feel like it’s truly a new year on my birthday.

This year I made only made two pretty simple ones: cut out dairy and artificial sugars from my diet, and to read more books.

Cutting out dairy and artificial sugar has been so hard and that will have to be a separate post.

On the other hand, I have been very successful at reading more books. In a post in January, I shared what I read in 2018 and what I wanted to read in 2019.

Of that list, I have been able to cross off 5, also read 3 others, and am waiting for 2 of the books to come out in paperback.

From the 2019 “Want to Read List”

1. Becoming by Michelle Obama: You guys – I laughed, I cried, I am in awe. This book is incredibly well-written. I knew Michelle Obama is extremely well-educated but I didn’t realize she graduated cum laude from Princeton and her J.D. is from Harvard. Through her memoir, Michelle Obama recounts the struggles she faced as an African-American at two Ivy leagues, the loss of a parent, the difficulties she and Barack faced as he ran for President, how life in the White House alters even the most simple factors of day-to-day life, the reasons for her three initiatives, and so much more. I highly recommend this book! I give it an A+

2. & 3. A Case for Jamie and A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro: This series came to a close with A Question of Holmes. I really enjoyed this series. The first three books were great – and easy reads! However, the fourth book ended in a way I didn’t expect or really want to happy. I also can’t tell if I think the fourth book felt rushed. I do recommend the whole series though! I give them an A- and B+, respectively.

4. When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton: I loved this book so much. It comes after Next Year in Havana (a Reese’s Book Club Pick in 2018) and is told through the perspective of one of the sisters – Beatriz. The plot tells the story of a young woman in Miami after her family, once Cuban royalty, is exiled to the U.S. It’s set during the 1960s. One of my favorites – I give it an A+.

5. When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisburg: The Devil Wears Prada is one of my favorite movies & it’s based on the book written by Lauren Weisburg. So naturally, I have been wanting to read the spinoff from The Devil Wears Prada. This is about Emily Charlton – Miranda Priestly’s first assistant – and her life after leaving Runway. Her image consulting career is struggling as a new consultant is taking over the industry. However, the book takes Emily to the suburbs where she ultimately recovers her career. It’s not what I had expected but still so good! I give it an A-.

6. The Au Pair by Emma Rous: This suspense story has two parallel plot lines. One told through the eyes of the au pair, Laura, and one is told through the eyes of Seraphine as an adult. Seraphine has a twin brother and an older brother – or does she? The story has an unexpected ending and the relationships of all of the characters are so intertwined in an unexpected way. Actually – just before it is revealed, it becomes a little predictable. I still like this book and give it a B+.

7. Black Chalk by Christopher Yates: Another suspense/thriller I’ve read this year. It is told through two perspectives as well – third person and first person through Jolyon’s perspective. It’s about 6 college students at Oxford playing a large-scale continuous game of, essentially, truth or dare. As you can tell from the cover, one of the players dies because of the game and only one of the players knows the truth of what happened last night. It’s a little insane and a little twisted but definitely a page-turner I recommend! I’d say this is a solid B+.

8. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: This book is incredible. It takes place in the course of one day in NYC, alternating between the perspectives of Daniel and Natasha, and a few other characters along the way. Daniel and Natasha are children of immigrants – Daniel is a legal citizen of the US & son of two Korean immigrants while Natasha is an illegal immigrant from Jamaica. It really dives into the hardships of immigrating to America. This book has ruined my life for the better. It gave me so much to think about + be thankful for. Everyone needs to read this honestly. Unarguably, an A+.

Currently Reading

The Plant Paradox by Dr. Steven Gundry, M.D.: I’ve been reading this in between other books. It’s so interesting and gives me a lot to think about in terms of nutrition. I’ve learned so much and have really been able to make changes in what I eat. If you are trying to be healthier but don’t know where to start, I cannot recommend this book anymore. It’s a relatively easy read because it’s divided into very short sections – usually no more than 10 pages at a time. I give it an A.

The Towering Sky by Katharine McGee (The Thousandth Floor #3): This is the third + final book of the Thousandth Floor trilogy. I just started it last week so I haven’t gotten too far. I am really rooting for Rylin + Cord in this book. It opens with a pretty twisted start so I am really interested to see how this goes.

Coming Up Later This Year

1. The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

2. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (pseudonym for J.K. Rowling)

3. Park Avenue Summer by Renee Rosen

4. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert (Author of Eat, Pray, Love)

5. Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win by Jo Piazza

6. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I have been tracking all of my reading in an app/website called goodreads – which I highly recommend for fellow bookworms!

I find new books from Reese’s Book Club, Bad on Paper Podcast, Book of the Month, Penguin Random House, and the New York Times Best Seller List.

Have you read any of the books I talked about today? Comment below & we can discuss! If you have any recommendations, share those too!

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