I’ve always loved reading.
If you were to ask my mom, she would tell you, without fail, that if she left me in the bookstore long enough, I could knock out half my reading list before we left. Or, about how grounding me was no real punishment because it meant I could have a decent excuse to read instead of going outside to play. I even remember reading in the shower! I thought I was so clever because I would stick the book halfway outside of the shower to be protected by the shower liner and multi-task my reading and daily hygiene! Reading was magical and it has always been one of my favorite activities.
Until recently, things were so hectic and chaotic in my life that I just couldn’t find the time or energy to read. I’m really glad to be coming out the other side with a re-found love for reading. If you’re looking for a nice book to add to your winter reading list, lucky for you, you’re in the right place. Here are the 7 books I’m reading this winter!
Let’s just get this out of the way: a lot of the books I’m reading/are on my winter reading list are YA fiction. While I am an aspiring #bossbabe and in my mid-twenties, I do love a good escape to the land of young-adult fiction.
For more reading inspiration, check out my latest book review here!
BOLD: 212 Charisma and Small Talk Tips by Irvin Finau
Being charismatic is the holy grail of personality skills. But charisma is also one of the most challenging traits to develop and hone.
Unlike other books on charisma, BOLD doesn’t tell you who to be. It tells you what to do and shows you how to do it.
I’m going to be heading to a few conferences this year and I’ve been working on my confidence in order to make a lasting impression. This book is short, sweet, and comprised of quick lessons designed to help you step outside your comfort zone. Perfect for a little pep-talk or quick reminders.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.
This book was HIGHLY recommended by my best friend AND it’s currently in production to become a major motion picture. I started reading this book on the plane and so far it’s been checking off the “hilarious tale” and “culturally insightful” boxes of my book-interest checklist!
The Program by Suzanne Young
In this “gripping tale for lovers of dystopian romance” (Kirkus Reviews), true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.
I keep seeing this title mentioned on Book-YouTube (#booktube). Every winter reading list needs a forbidden-love, dystopian romance book, right?
How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather
It’s the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls in this New York Times bestselling novel from one of the descendants of Cotton Mather, where the trials of high school start to feel like a modern-day witch hunt for a teen with all the wrong connections to Salem’s past.
This book already has me HOOKED. It has the perfect combination of creepy mystery with not one but two juicy, potential love interests. I also love the bits about history and the importance of breaking the cycle of “bullying”.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker–his classmate and crush–who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
I figured it has time to catch up with the hype of Thirteen Reasons Why. This book has been on my reading list for a while and when the Netflix show premiered it gained a second wind of buzz. I never watched the show, but I figured the book would be the best way to introduce myself to the world of Thirteen Reasons Why.
Bad Girls With Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten
When Sasha’s best friend Xavier gets back together with his cheating ex, Ivy, Sasha knows she needs to protect him. So she poses as a guy online to lure Ivy away.
But Sasha’s plan goes sickeningly wrong. And she soon learns to be careful of who you pretend to be because you might be surprised by who you become…
Picked this one up on a random trip to Barnes and Noble. I’ve been picking up more thrillers/mystery novels and this one fits the bill. Plus…can we just take a moment to appreciate the title and cover art #totallyjudingbyitscover
Fitness Junkie by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
An outrageously funny novel about one woman’s attempt—through clay diets, naked yoga, green juice, and cultish workout classes—to win back her career, save her best friend, and lose thirty pounds.
Another Barnes and Noble impulse buy! The snippet on the jacket cover grabbed my attention and there was no turning back. I love books that allow me to step back and poke fun at the current trends because, let’s face it, some of the popular health trends are quite ridiculous.
What books are on your winter TBR list this year?