Reading List | Winter 2016


Every season, I like to pick a handful of books that I plan to read within the next few months. Often, they are new releases, books I bought on a recent trip to the bookstore but haven’t read yet, or books that I read ages ago that I want to read again with fresh eyes. This winter, I plan to start off the year strong and read much more than I did last year (especially since I consider myself as much a book blogger as I am a beauty blogger). Now that I don’t have school to worry about (yay!) I don’t have any more excuses not to. I am currently still working on a few titles from my fall reading list, but I want to get this list out there before I find too many others to add. You’ll notice this list is non-fiction for the most part, but that won’t necessarily be the case for the rest of the year (or maybe it will, we will see).

Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes. If you are a part of the online beauty community, or at least well aware of it, then you will know who Sali Hughes is. Hughes is a well-known journalist who has over twenty years of experience in the beauty industry. In this book, she shares her stories and wisdom. I have a feeling that after I finish reading it, it will likely live on our coffee table because the cover is just too pretty.

The Marble Collector by Cecelia Ahern. If you love chick-lit, then you have probably read a novel by Cecelia Ahern. Ahern’s stories are always full of characters at times of difficulty who discover themselves through their trials (I suppose a lot of books are like that though, aren’t they?). I picked this novel up on a whim because of the pretty cover (story of my life), but the story of a woman who comes across a collector of her father’s possessions and learns truths about her life intrigued me.

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. I first heard about this book from Joanna at A Cup of Jo, as this memoir was written by her late brother-in-law. This memoir is about Kalanithi’s life as he was training as a neurosurgeon and is diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. Kalanithi writes about what it is like to transition from doctor to patient, and what is truly the meaning of life. I expect to always have a box of tissues by my side while reading this one.

This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett. This book is a collection of essays from the celebrated writer, Ann Patchett. I started reading it over a year ago, but never finished it and always forget about it. This will be the year I actually finish it! I loved all the essays I read before returning it to the library, and always felt inspired by Patchett to be a better writer.

The Bassoon King: My Life in Art, Faith and Idiocy by Rainn Wilson. When I first heard about this book, I thought I would probably want to read it, and then I saw that there was a foreword written by Dwight Schrute, and I knew I had to read it. Written by the actor who portrayed Dwight Schrute on The Office, this memoir chronicles how Wilson found his place in life through comedy, faith and art.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I read this classic novel ten years ago, when I was in grade 11. I didn’t read it for a school assignment, but because I wanted to read as many books as possible that year (my goal was 50, but I can’t remember how many I actually read). Unfortunately, I don’t remember that much about it (besides the major plot points), so I would really like to read it again, and see how ten years has changed my reading of it.

Have you read any of these books? What books are on your list this winter?


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