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I have always been a book worm. My 4th grade teacher actually told my mom that I read too much (granted, I was reading during math but still…). I was 100% the kid who would stay up late to finish their book or stay inside on a gorgeous day because I’d just gotten a new book. One of my favorite series as a kid was the Thoroughbred Series (there was even a girl named Ashleigh!). I also really loved the horribly sad books by Lurlene McDaniel.

I still prefer fiction to non-fiction but do mix up my reading from time-to-time. I’ve had more time to read lately with traveling for work (and not having a newborn) so I’ve been able to finish quite a few books this year and have several in my queue. I am also notorious for buying books in the airport (#fullprice!) but I love having books with me at all times. I had a kindle once but I much prefer the feel of a book in my hands.

  1. Still Me (Jojo Moyes): This is another book in the story of Louisa Clark and Will Traynor. If you’ve read Me Before You and After You, you’ll want to read this one. My favorite story was of course Louisa and Will, but it is fun to follow her story after Will, and root for her, through this book.
  2. The Drowning Girls (Paula Treick DeBoard): This story pulled me in fast and kept me there. As someone who had a wild high school experience, I can attest to how crazy high school girls can be and couldn’t wait to see what happened. The end completely threw me for a flip! Because I loved this so much, I ordered another book by this author but I haven’t started it yet: The Mourning Hours.
  3. All We Ever Wanted (Emily Giffin): Emily is one of my favorite authors and I can say that I’ve read all of her books. This one did not disappoint and I finished it in a day and a half.
  4. Behind Closed Doors (B. A. Paris): This one kept me on my toes even though it tells you pretty early on what’s happening. I’m surprised I didn’t have nightmares! But I literally couldn’t put it down… I finished it the same day I got it.
  5. American Princess (Leslie Carroll): I am all in on Meghan and Harry! I was interested in Will & Kate back in 2011 and watched their wedding, too but I am borderline obsessed with H&M. I loved Meghan on Suits and was super sad when I realized she’d have to leave when becoming a Duchess. However, I think it’s the coolest thing and I wanted to learn all about their lives before each other and how they came together. Next up, I’m planning to read The Royal We, which is fictional but somehow could also be about Meghan and Harry. The characters were actually based on Will and Kate if Kate was American (there’s a whole podcast about this on Royally Obsessed with guests The Fug Girls).
  6. Accused (Lisa Scottoline): I breezed through this one but don’t really recommend it. It was an easy read but felt more like a YA novel than my usual choices. It did have some twists and turns but just wasn’t my jam.
  7. The Last Anniversary (Liane Moriarty): I really love Liane Moriarty! I finished this one super fast and really felt connected to the characters. It wasn’t a total shock but was a fun storyline to follow.
  8. The Hypnotist’s Love Story (Liane Moriarty): Another good one with more twists and turns which kept me guessing. Her books are so easy to read, perfect for a beach weekend!

Books I’ve started (yes, you read that right… I have multiple books I’ve started)

  1. The Woman in the Window (AJ Finn): I have had a little trouble getting into this one but still trying to plug away at it…
  2. Girl Wash Your Face (Rachel Hollis): This is the #1 book on Amazon! I started it on my last flight but haven’t gotten to pick it back up yet. I’ve listened to Rachel on several podcasts and just think she seems amazing. I’m sure I’ll love the book!
  3. The Silent Wife (Kerry Fisher): This has been my bath time read but I’ve started it twice now and feel like it’s soooo slow in the beginning. The description is that it’s a “page turner” but 120 pages in, I’m struggling to agree with that. Will report back!
  4. 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work (John Gottman): We like to read a book like this each year, we both read it and highlight things that stand out to us. I also have some good podcasts around the same topic. I love hearing what others do to keep focusing on their partners and relationships. Never hurts to be encouraged to put forth a little more effort. We’re coming up on our 5-year anniversary but no slump here! When we were expecting little L, we read And Baby Makes Three.

On deck:

If you’re in Chapel Hill and want to do a book swap, I’m always up for an exchange! Also, if you have books I should add to my list, leave a comment with your recommendations!

This post does contain some affiliate links with Amazon. All that means is that if you check out my recommendations via the links above and decide to make a purchase, I get a tiny amount from Amazon for sending you their way and my blog survives another day. As always, thank you for reading and thanks for your support!

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