It’s the start of a new year, which means it’s time for everyone to set their Goodreads reading challenge for 2018!
This year I set my reading goal to 20 books. I’ve come to realise, after failing miserably at reading a book a week last year, that I’m prone to going through phases of reading all the time or not at all. A goal of 20 books is realistic and I’m hoping since I’ve been furiously adding books to my To Be Read pile, that I’ll stay interested in reading this year.
In 2018 I really want to focus on reading more self-help style books in the aims of helping with my anxiety and the massive looming change in my life – graduation. I also want to read more about blogging, social media and business in general. It’s something that I’d love to expand my knowledge on in the hopes that it actually benefits this blog. I’ve also recently been watching a lot of the Gilmore Girls, one of my all time favourite shows, and one of the characters, Rory is a massive fan of classic books. I did a bit of googling and found The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge on Goodreads and while I probably won’t be following along, it’s definitely inspired me to read a few more classics.
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#GIRLBOSS proves that being successful isn’t about where you went to college or how popular you were in high school. It’s about trusting your instincts and following your gut; knowing which rules to follow and which to break; when to button up and when to let your freak flag fly.
This book* is not only used as a prop in every bloggers photos, but it’s also raved about as being incredibly inspiring. While I’m not sure if it’s as relevant to the blogging world, a little inspiration can go a long way and I’m really interested in seeing how Sophia Amoruso went from poor college drop out to the CEO of Nasty Gal.
Blog Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit and to Create Community.
With roughly 95,000 blogs launched worldwide every 24 hours (BlogPulse), making a fledgling site stand out isn’t easy. This authoritative handbook gives creative hopefuls a leg up.
This is another book* that’s pretty widely raved about. I know that it touches a lot on starting a blog, something I’ve already obviously done, but I started Bookish & Bright on a whim with the help of google. I don’t know much more than the basics when it comes to things like SEO or page ranking or any of that technical stuff. I feel like this would be the perfect book to help me find me feet with the basics of blogging!
Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
David and Tom Kelley identify the principles and strategies that will allow us to tap into our creative potential in our work lives, and in our personal lives, and allow us to innovate in terms of how we approach and solve problems. It is a book that will help each of us be more productive and successful in our lives and in our careers.
I’m a naturally creative person. I’m not particularly good at any of it but I love to write, draw, paint, design and make things. The problem is I often feel like I choose not to be creative because I lack the confidence to put anything out there. I also kind of feel like there are some aspects of my life – career and school, mostly – that I would love to learn to be more creative in since they’re so structured. I’m hoping this book* will help me tackle my lack of confidence in my creativity and abilities.
My Blogging Secrets
In ‘My Blogging Secrets’, Amber shares everything she’s learned about blogging, from how to come up with an idea for your blog, to how to persuade people to read it, and – most importantly – how to actually make money from writing about your life.
There are three things I love about this book*.
- It’s written by a blogger.
- It’s not your typical ‘get quick rich by starting a blog’ type book that tells you everything but actual helpful real life tips.
- The cover is perfect for Instagram.
I’m super excited to read this one mostly because it’s written by a blogger not some expert or someone who can give you all the facts and figures but has no experience running a real blog. I’m hoping this will give me some inspiration and guidance to continue growing the blog in 2018.
The Art of Social Media: Power Tips For Power Users.
With more than 100 practical tips, tricks, and insights, Guy and Peg present a ground-up strategy to produce a focused, thorough, and compelling presence on the most popular social-media platforms. They guide you through the steps of building your foundation, amassing your digital assets, going to market, optimizing your profile, attracting more followers, and effectively integrating social media and blogging.
At (almost) 25 years of age, I’d like to think I’m a natural at this social media business. Only, while I can easily start up any social media account, find some friends and post a few updates, I’m not exactly all that knowledgeable on how to actually grow my social media following for Bookish & Bright. I’d love to learn some strategies that actually work to help improve my social media content and following over the upcoming year and I’m hoping The Art of Social Media* can help me achieve that.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck
In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.
As I’ve mentioned before, I have Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Something that kind of comes tied to that is my great ability to overthink absolutely everything. I stress over everything, I care too much about things that shouldn’t even be a fleeting thought and I’m prone to caring to much about what other people think. Honestly, I think it’s part anxiety, part just my personality. So, as you can imagine a book about learning not to give a f*ck* sounds so damn awesome. Plus, it’s been pretty heavily recommended by a few friends and followers over on Instagram!
The Highly Sensitive Person: How To Thrive When The World Overwhelms You
Most of us feel overstimulated every once in a while, but for the Highly Sensitive Person, it’s a way of life. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Elaine Aron, a clinical psychologist, workshop leader, and an HSP herself, shows you how to identify this trait in yourself and make the most of it in everyday situations.
Look, I’m only slightly ashamed to admit that I’m a Highly Sensitive Person*. I cry so easily, it’s become a bit of a family joke. It’s not something that I’m ashamed about exactly, but it’s something I’d like to learn how to make the most of instead of viewing it as a negative. Here’s hoping this book can help me bring in the crying a little!
Based on hard science and over 10 years helping people who suffer from anxiety, Barry McDonagh shares his most effective technique in this new book. The DARE technique can be used by everyone, regardless of age or background, to live a life free from anxiety or panic attacks.
I’m a teeny tiny bit skeptical about this book but at the same time I’m willing to try anything. My own (admittedly limited) training in psychology has taught me that anxiety is not easy to overcome with one single technique. There is not timeline, no single treatment or cure, and what might work for one person might not work for anyone else, hence my skepticism about a book that claims to “stop panic attacks and anxiety, boost confidence and put an end to intrusive thoughts”* but as I mentioned in my 2018 goals blog post, I’m kind of at a fork in the road when it comes to managing my anxiety and I’m kind of willing to give this a read to see if it works.
Reasons To Stay Alive
Reasons to Stay Alive is about making the most of your time on earth. In the western world the suicide rate is highest amongst men under the age of 35. Matt Haig could have added to that statistic when, aged 24, he found himself staring at a cliff-edge about to jump off. This is the story of why he didn’t, how he recovered and learned to live with anxiety and depression.
I’m a psychology student who’s currently managing her anxiety and in the past, has dealt with severe depression. While I can tell you a million and one things about both of these disorders, it’s not until you’ve lived with them that you can truly understand them. That’s why this book appeals to me*. It’s the story of someone who has lived through depression and suicide. Real life. Not textbook. Not some professor or expert but reality. This technically falls under the category of self-help book but I’m honestly hoping it’s more of a autobiography!
He’s Just Not That Into You
For ages women have come together over coffee, cocktails, or late-night phone chats to analyze the puzzling behavior of men. Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo are here to say that despite good intentions you’re wasting your time. Men are not complicated, although they’d like you to think they are. And there are no mixed messages.
Dating in the modern social media & online dating world is harder than you’d think. I’m not hugely concerned about my romantic life, it’s just not the priority at the moment, but I’d still love to give this book* a read just for a little insight if nothing else. Honestly though, if boys could just stop being idiots on Tinder, I’d greatly appreciate it.
The Great Gatsby
For Gatsby—young, handsome, and fabulously rich—always seems alone in the crowd, watching and waiting, though no one knows what for. Beneath the shimmering surface of his life he is hiding a secret: a silent longing that can never be fulfilled. And soon this destructive obsession will force his world to unravel.
I read the The Great Gatsby* in High School, right before the movie came out. While I like reading, I always struggle to get into texts that a prescribed for me to read and as you can imagine, with an impending movie my motivation to read this book was low. I’d love to re-read it now that I’m an adult, and also not being forced, to see if I enjoy it as much as everyone I know does.
Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse, an ordinary young couple, settle into a New York City apartment, unaware that the elderly neighbors and their bizarre group of friends have taken a disturbing interest in them. But by the time Rosemary discovers the horrifying truth, it may be far too late!
I found Rosemary’s Baby* on the series one list of the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge and was instantly intrigued by the synopsis. A bit creepy but also not your typical murder-mystery kinda creepy – I’m in! It also comes highly recommended from my grandma, which says a lot because she’s where I got my love of reading from!
In what may be Dickens’s best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of “great expectations.”
I kind of put this on my To Be Read list solely so I can say at the end of this year that I’ve read work by Charles Dickens. In my quest to read some of the classics, I have to branch out and read books that I wouldn’t typically go for which is why I added Great Expectations* to my list. It honestly doesn’t sound that bad, I think I’m just a little scared I’ll be in over my head with this one.
As Ishmael is drawn into Captain Ahab’s obsessive quest to slay the white whale Moby-Dick, he finds himself engaged in a metaphysical struggle between good and evil.
The classic book to beat all classic books*. I feel like this is something I need to read just to understand why it’s the epitome of all classic books. I’m not gonna lie, I’m a little scared to read this one too but I’m hoping I’ll enjoy it more than I expect to.
A brave Scottish general named Macbeth receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders King Duncan and takes the Scottish throne for himself. He is then wracked with guilt and paranoia. Forced to commit more and more murders to protect himself from enmity and suspicion, he soon becomes a tyrannical ruler.
Another one I read in High School and didn’t really appreciate. I strangely really enjoy reading Shakespeare. Macbeth* is my first Shakespeare re-read solely because I cannot remember too much of what happens and I’ve read Romeo and Juliet more times than someone not being forced to should have. I’m hoping to also read a few more of Shakespeare’s works this year as well.
Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?
I am so excited for the release of this book*. Seriously, it’s probably the only new release that I’m patiently waiting for. The Illuminae files is a must read for YA fans, even if, like me, you’re not massively into the whole sci-fi thing. It’s thrilling, entertaining and the writing style is super unique and interesting. I also can’t wait to read more about the characters from the previous books, as well as learning more about the new characters – Asha & Rhys.
Wilde Like Me
Single mum Robin Wilde adores her six-year-old daughter and loves her job as a make up artist’s assistant. She has a wonderful best friend and an auntie who is bonkers, yes, but loves her to the moon and back. After 4 years (2 months, and 15 days!) of single-mum-dom, it’s time for Robin Wilde to Change. Her. Life. What will Robin do with the possibilities she creates for herself? And what potential will she unlock if she takes the leap?
I’ve been watching Louise on Youtube for a really long time and have been meaning to read her book since it’s release. With the sequel coming out sometime this year, I figure I should probably get around to reading Wilde Like Me* sometime soon!
We Are Okay
Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.
This book* was all over my Goodreads feed last year, so I immediately bought it on my iPad and unfortunately just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I’m so intrigued by the synopsis and everyone’s reviews have been amazing, so I can’t wait to hook into this and see if all the hype is worth it.
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
I’ve been told a million and one times to check out Nicola Yoon’s books but for some reason just never got around to it. Then one day, while browsing through the depths of Youtube, I saw the trailer to the movie adaptation of Everything, Everything* and now the books been bumped up to the top of my To Be Read List.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
Again, another book that’s been raved about but I’ve just never gotten around to reading is To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before*. I’m really looking forward to reading this and the rest of the books in this series because they’re so well loved on both Instagram and Goodreads. I’m really excited to finally get around to reading this one.
What’s on your 2018 To Be Read List? Let me know in the comment below!