Join the Book Club – Shelby

The short and sweet list of books I plan to read and should start reading in 2020. 

Call me a stereotypical English major, but I absolutely love to read and I always have. That’s why I have decided that one of my goals this year is to read as many books as I can in my free time. Since I decided to do this, I thought I would share with you the books I plan to read in 2020 and maybe you’ll feel inclined to read them as well.

First, I’m starting with a book that was given to me as a gift from one of my best friends. (Thank you Courtney!)I can almost guarantee you’ve heard the name of this wonderful lady’s first book dropped at least once. Does Girl, Wash Your Face ring any bells? As someone who had never heard of Rachel Hollis, I was skeptical about reading a self help book. However, having started reading Girl, Stop Apologizing, I can honestly say that her words could help you change your life for the better.

To give you the gist; this book talks through how women have a tendency to talk themselves out of their own dreams and what we can do to break this cycle. If you suffer from some serious self doubt like I do, this book is a must read.

Next on my to read list, is from the author of another book I’m sure you’ve heard of; Eat, Pray, Love. Elizabeth Gilbert stole hearts with her first novel in 2006 and she did it again in 2015 with with the book I want to mention; Big Magic.

I chose this book for my list because not only it is incredibly popular, but it relates to what I’m working toward in my life at the moment: being more creative. This book discusses the idea that we should be living our lives with more curiosity than fear, which is something I think is incredibly important for someone entering their adult life.

Hear me out. This book is one that I feel you just need to read because of the name and that fact that we could all stand not give a f*ck sometimes.

Along the same lines as Girl, Stop Apologizing, we have The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. This book touches on the subject of consumerism and the ways in which we tend to chase things that won’t actually make us happy in the long run. This is something I very much recognize within myself. I constantly find myself trying to fill a void in my heart with material things and it’s habit I hope to break by learning from this book.

The final book on my list was highly anticipated in the podcast community as it comes from the podcasting duo of My Favorite Murder. I know what you’re thinking. Shelby, what if I don’t like true crime? What if I’ve never listened to the podcast? Let me tell you, this book is well worth it.

This is one that I highly recommend every woman I know to go pick up because it discusses how women tend to place politeness over their own safety when it comes to a bad situation. For me, this is something I know I’m guilty of. The last thing I want to do is make a situation awkward, but my personal safety is much more important than being rude and the same goes to you! Not to mention, Georgia and Karen have a wonderful way of making you laugh even when talking about the darkest of scenarios.

Here’s only a few of the books I hope to read in 2020. Please let me know if you have read these books, or you plan to read them along with me. I’m sure this won’t be my only post with book recommendations, but I hope you this gets you started and inspires you to read a little bit more in 2020.

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