2018 Reading Challenge


this year i had a quest to finish 52 books.

when i lived in new york i had a lot of extra time on my hands and breezed through books. these days, it’s hard for me to read one book a month as my eyes are tired from staring at a computer all day or through a camera’s viewfinder for hours. so i started listening to audio books and it’s been such a joy. as i edit images, work on my website or tackle my bookkeeping i am able to adventure through all of the books i yearn to devour! i know it’s not technically reading, but i’d rather at least listen to a book being read than not experience the authors words at all, right?

so here are my 2018 reads in no particular order and doesn’t include cookbooks which i generally read cover to cover before diving in and experimenting with recipes. and if you want to add in the cookbooks, i read about 15 new ones!


the hate you give by angie thomas
my favorite book this year. every white american needs to read this book.

you are a badass at making money by jen sincero

ready player one by ernest cline

we are water by wally lamb

sing, unburied, sing by jesmyn ward

my own words by ruth bader ginsberg

the magic strings of frankie presto by mitch albom

secrets of the millionaire mind by t harv eker

you don’t look your age and other fairy tales sheila nevins

the little book of lykke by meik wiking

harry potter (#1) by jk rowling

talk like ted by carmine gallo

best state ever by dave barry (read this one)

the year of yes by shondra rhimes

another favorite! any grey’s fan NEEDS THIS BOOK IN THEIR LIFE!

dreams from my father by barack obama

small great things by jodi picoult

13 dates by matt dunn

the audacity of hope by barack obama

divergent (#1) by veronica roth (read this one)

educated by tara westover

the misadventures of awkward black girl by issa rae

i’m judging you by luvvie ajayi

between the world and me by ta-nehisi coates

hunger by roxane gay

you can’t touch my hair by phoebe robinson

unfu*k yourself by gary john bishop

twilight by stephenie meyer (i’ve read a million times but wanted to listen to the audiobook for a new experience! forgot how different the book is vs the movie)

rising strong by brené brown


although i did not reach my goal of one book a week, i did read more than i have in years and i’m so grateful. here’s to many more reading (and listening) adventures in the new year!

what did YOU read this year that you loved? i love talking books!

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for 2019 i’m not going to do a challenge but i will keep on this path of reading / listening to as many books as possible. feel free to be my friend on good reads! (link)