I am so excited to be starting a book club series on Everett & Elizabeth! I have always been a book lover. I remember devouring every book in The Babysitter’s Club series when I was a kid. And my love of reading never waned, even through the boring reading years of school. I didn’t even mind the thousands of hours of reading in law school. Unfortunately, when I had kids, I started exclusively reading books on parenting (and by “parenting,” I mean sleep) and forgot how to read for pleasure. I am so ready to change that.
At the beginning of November, I set a goal to read 19 books in 2019. I cheated and started immediately and I’ve already finished six books and started my seventh yesterday. Needless to say, I definitely need to set the bar a little higher to make this a challenging goal. I’m thinking 50 is a safe goal (4-5 books per month) and 100 is a challenging goal (8-9 books per month). I’m having a new baby at the beginning of the year and I tend to binge watch Netflix during middle of the night feedings. But qI asked Sam for a Kindle Paperwhite so I can change that this time, especially since reading is one of my favorite forms of self-care. Also, as an aspiring writer (will I ever feel comfortable dropping the “aspiring?”), it is imperative to be a reader first.
I know I’m jumping the gun a bit by talking about New Year’s Resolutions at the beginning of December, but I wanted to share my preliminary reading list early in case you wanted to put any of these books on your Christmas lists this year. I tend to gravitate toward nonfiction, specifically memoirs (and even more specifically, memoirs about motherhood), so you’ll find many of those on the list. However, I’m trying to be a more well-rounded reader so I’ve included some novels as well. I’ve also tried to include books by a diverse group of writers. I’ve organized the list in alphabetical order by author and I’ve noted in parenthesis whether it’s a nonfiction (NF) or fiction (F) book.
If you have any book recommendations for me, please leave them in the comments so I can add them to the list. I’m planning to review most, if not all, of the books I finish here on the blog and I’ll keep you all posted on what I’m currently reading on Instagram using the hashtag #EandEBookClub. I hope you will all read along with me!
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi (NF)
That Kind of Mother by Rumaan Alam (F)
Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom by Lisa-Jo Baker (NF)
All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung (NF)
Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (NF)
Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan (NF) – finished!
Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming (NF)
Like a Mother by Angela Garbes (NF)
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (NF)
All We Ever Wanted by Emily Griffin (F)
Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham (NF)
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (F)
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (F)
The Liar’s Club by Mary Karr (NF)
The Ministry of Ordinary Places by Shannan Martin (NF)
Circe by Madeline Miller (F)
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (F)
Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty (F) – finished!
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (F) – finished!
Becoming by Michelle Obama (NF) – finished!
And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready by Meaghan O’Connell (NF) – finished!
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett (NF)
A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult (F) – currently reading!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (F) – finished!
Educated by Tara Westover (NF)