Top 5 Books I read in 2018

So for those of you just getting to know me, one of my favorite things to do other than dance is read. Ideally curled up with my cat and a cup of tea. I use the Goodreads app to track books I’ve read and what I want to read, so I can tell you that as of today, I’ve read 24 books in 2018. So when you find yourself with a Barnes and Noble giftcard (or at the library!) and are wondering what to read next, here are my recommendations:

For the romantic: Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

Yes, that Nicholas Sparks, as in The Notebook. He’s written tons of other books and they are all excellent. This story is about how a chance encounter impacts the lives of two people from different continents for decades to come. Makes you think about regrets and the role fate plays in our lives. Might want to have some tissues handy.

For the twenty something: The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

Wow! I’ve read some other self-help books aimed at millennials and this is by far the best. Fun to read and actually helpful. It feels like she completely gets why being in your 20s in this era is challenging. Hits on topics like work, relationships, and self. The gist is that your twentys matter, and there are things you can do now that will really set you up for success in your 30s and 40s. Meg is a psychologist and brings data and personal stories into the book to back her assertions.

For the animal lover: Zamba by Ralph Helfer

Based on the true story of a lion rescued from Africa who went on to star in numerous movies and tv shows. Ralph is one of Hollywood’s top animal behaviorists. He believes in training based in love and respect, not force and fear. This lion (and many other wild animals) truly became a part of Ralph’s family. Amazing, heartwarming story.

For the HGTV aficionado: The Magnolia Story by Chip Gaines

Learn how Chip and Joanna Gaines met, started flipping houses, and eventually got their tv show on HGTV. Reading this made me like them even more – down to earth, hardworking, good people. It also made me want to go visit the Magnolia Silos in Waco, which I have since done.

For the thrill seeker: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

If you like reading books (or watching movies) like The Girl on the Train, then you should check this book out. It’s set on a luxury yacht and keeps you guessing until the very end. This is one of those books that sucks you in after a few chapters and then you can’t put it down until you finish. You also might be slightly leery to go on a cruise after reading it… 

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