2 weeks ago I pledged to finish 12 books before the clock struck midnight on 2019. I’ve since finished another book and am well underway with my next few targets.
Okay so this isn’t some soapbox exclamation that my list is the recipe for happiness for everyone but I love to fall down a rabbit hole and explore everything these books have to offer. It’s an escape where I’m screaming YESS YESS YESSSSSSSSS — tell me more and teach me deeply. Knowledge & wisdom from books will always transcend further than mind-numbing telly.
- All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- What makes me happy about it? Have you ever tasted something so decadent and rich in flavor it felt like swimming in the river of chocolate from Charlie & the Chocolate factory? Doerr’s prose makes you experience it all.
- Status: I’m currently Day 2 in Shanghai and still plan to have this wrapped before I touchdown back in Cali.
- Wildcard by Marie Lu (Book slated for Q3 2018 release)
- What makes me happy about it? Three words: Female power overload
- Status: About to pre order!! Those of you who haven’t heard of Marie Lu need to 100% make sure you do now. She’s an amazing writer for the YA and I’m seriously honored to have met her last summer. She tweeted to me on my birthday out of a request from a dear friend. She’s just an awesome human being and her stories inspires me to write and perpetuate the female protagonist.
- Meditation by Marcus Aurelius
- What makes me happy? Ryan Holiday swears by this, my life has 180’d since I’ve exercised Stoicism, and the excitement itself that I’m about to read the teachings from one of the OG’s simply makes me leap with joy.
- Status: Book ordered & delivered. I’m so excited to open my package when I get home in July!
- The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris
- What makes me happy about this? Ferris found the loophole we all need. The key that frees the chain around our ankles. Life has never been about work for me, I just thrive to be in it and yet he found a way to do it with more efficiency.
- Status: book delivered to my flat in Cali. I love having physical copies.
- Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
- What makes me happy? Rhimes is a creative storytelling demigoddess. She guts us with plot twists. She champions other women and she’s human. She’s so god awfully human like all of us and that motivates the hell out of me. I can be fabulous and so painfully human at the same time as well.
- You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
- Status: I’m awful at self-help books. Its been a bit rocky to finish them out. (I received & 7 Effects during college and it’s still sitting on my nightstand waiting to fulfill it’s destiny with me) But! Sincero has humor, Sincero has realism. I’m going to finish this because I’m already a baddie, I just need a reminder every once in a while.
- Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
- Status: delivered to my flat! I’m ready to sink my teeth.
- My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
- Status: We all need fiction in life, especially Kinsella’s casual light read stories to fulfill the days when we just need a homegirl by our side.
- [REMOVED] Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them By JK Rowling
- [ADDED] The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
- Why it makes me happy: You mean to tell me the tactics I’ve used in life has been an actual device for power?! This is the Yoda for all things power and I am the young Padawan thirsting for more.
The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday Ready Player One by Ernest Cline [CODENAMED] My friend is writing a Trilogy and I’m beta reading Book 1.
9 more books to go, 4 of which I’ve basically sprinted through half. It’s rather cathartic to read and thrilling to log about it with a mission.
I hope you all find this list helpful in your journey to happiness.