Friday, January 6, 2017
I feel like January is always a great month to start goals for myself- ones that I can actually maintain and don't feel pressured to complete! The best goal I like to set during the month of January is reading and reading as many books as I possibly can throughout the year. I did this last year with the help of Goodreads, who has a great way to track how many books you read + even helps you set a goal number for how many you want to achieve. I had made a goal to read twenty-five books for 2016 and sadly only made it to about ten, mostly due to health problems, but I've decided to do the same 2017. I already feel like I'm on a good track to reach this, with several books already on my radar to get through. I'm currently reading 'A Man Called Ove' by Fredrik Backman and am actually about 88% through it after only a week or so, it's just that good. Highly, highly recommend you read it! Anyways, I figured I would share the other books I'm already lining up to read next. You'll find a wide variety of books in this list, so I had to narrow it down to just ten. Let me know what books you're reading this year!

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Genre: Historical Fiction
Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this debut novel reveals a story of love, redemption, and secrets that were hidden for decades.

The Ballroom by Anna Hope
Genre: Historical Fiction
1911: Inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors, where men and women are kept apart by high walls and barred windows, there is a ballroom vast and beautiful. For one bright evening every week they come together and dance.

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Genre: Classics
Independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak.

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Genre: Romance
Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome; 2) A person’s undoing; 3) Joshua Templeman.

Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
Genre: Nonfiction
In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher tells the true and intoxicating story of her life with inimitable wit. Born to celebrity parents, she was picked to play a princess in a little movie called Star Wars when only 19 years old.

America's First Daughter by Stephanie Dray
Genre: Historical Fiction
In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Genre: Fiction
A lush, raw, thrilling novel of the senses about a year in the life of a uniquely beguiling young woman, set in the wild, alluring world of a famous downtown New York restaurant.

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Genre: Fiction
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast.

Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham
Genre: Nonfiction
In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood—along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.

The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati
Genre: Historical Fiction
The year is 1883, and in New York City, it’s a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change.

Mostly Lisa

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