I am completely in love with reading, but it wasn't always that way.  

Reading didn't come easily to me; I remember being one of the last children in my kindergarten class to learn how to read.  I was a slow reader and wasn't really interested in books. (TV was my poison.)  It wasn't until college when I discovered how wonderful reading actually was. I actually read all my architecture textbooks cover to cover because they were so fascinating.  I finally realized that I did enjoy reading, I just hadn't found books that I loved until then.  

From there my love of reading just grew.  I love non-fiction and young adult fiction and recently got into adult fiction.  I'm always excited to hear what friends are reading and to recommend books I love. Now that I'm married to Lance, who also loves books, I've found more time to devour books.  We spend a lot of our time reading together. 

In 2012 I challenged myself to read 52 books in a year.  In 2015 I finally reached that goal, surpassing it by six books. I loved the challenge and progress I made. In 2016 I've raised my reading goal to 60 books in a year.  Come follow along on my reading journey. 


01.02 Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
01.06 The Art of Confession by Paul Wilkes
01.13 The Deal of a Lifetime
01.27 Munro vs. the Coyote by Darren Groth
02.02 Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks
02.13 The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne
03.03 Still Me by Jojo Moyes
03.05 How Art Can Make You Happy by Bridget Watson Payne
03.11 The Trouble with Reality by Brooke Gladstone
03.22 Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon
03.25 Brooklyn by Colm Toibin
04.06 The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain
04.11 The Mountain by Paul Yoon
04.12 We Should All Be Feminists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
04.27 The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
05.02 Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo
05.03 I Don't Think of You by Tatiana Rickman
05.03 Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
05.06 Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope
05.07 The Borrower by Rebecca Makkah
05.08 The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
05.10 Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston
05.10 My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
05.14 My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry
05.15 George and Lizzie by Nancy Pearl
05.17 Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
05.20 The Best Kind of People by Zoe Whittle
05.31 Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
05.31 In Conclusion, Don't Worry About It by Lauren Graham
06.04 The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
06.05 The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
06.08 The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
06.18 The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
06.19 The Glitch by Elisabeth Cohen
06.20 Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
06.22 The Last One by Oliva Alexandra
06.28 My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
07.02 We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
07.15 The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
07.23 Less by Andrew Sean Greer
07.24 The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

08.04 Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
08.05 Oxford Year by Julia Whelan
08.07 Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
08.09 On Chesil Beach
08.14 Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala
08.14 The Jigsaw Jungle by Kristin Levine
08.23 The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
08.30 Educated by Tara Westover
09.01 Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
09.04 China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
09.04 Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans
09.07 Cottage by the Sea by Debbie Macomber
09.07 The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams
09.12 As Bright as Heaven by Susan Meissner
09.15 Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton
09.16 The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
09.17 Just Under the Clouds by Melissa Sarno
09.20 Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid
09.25 Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
09.26 When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
09.28 TBH, This Is So Awkward by Lisa Greenwald
09.29 The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner
10.03 The High Season by Judy Blundell
10.09 Calypso by David Sedaris
10.19 To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
10.20 The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton
10.24 Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
10.26 Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
10.28 The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald
10.29 Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
10.29 Read Bottom Up by Neel Shah
10.30 The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
11.02 Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
11.04 A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

books read: 77 of 60


01.08 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Haff
01.16 The Duchess of Bloomsbury by Helene Haff
01.21 The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent
01.22 Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
01.27 This Too Shall Pass by Milena Busquets
01.30 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
02.19 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
02.20 Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes
02.21 Relativity by Antonia Hayes
02.23 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
02.25 Cooking for Picasso by Camille Aubray
03.07 The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
03.09 The Vacationers by Emma Straub
03.12 Faithful by Alice Hoffman
03.14 The Art of Crash Landing by Melissa DeCarlo
03.25 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
03.27 Commonwealth by Ann Pattchett
03.30 The Young Widower's Handbook by Tom McAllister
04.02 Enchanted August by Brenda Bowen
04.06 Not Working by Lisa Owens
04.12 The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison
04.17 Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
05.25 Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye
05.27 A Hundred Thousand Worlds by Bob Proehl
06.01 Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
06.17 City of Friends by Joanna Trollope
06.19 Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith
06.26 The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

07.17 The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
07.20 The First Husband by Laura Dave
07.23 A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler
07.25 The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers
07.29 Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay
08.13 The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
08.13 Beartown by Fredrik Backman
08.20 The Year We Turned Forty by Liz Fenton
10.21 The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman
10.22 This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison
11.18 The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
11.20 Always Happy Hour: Stories by Mary Miller
11.20 Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
11.22 Something Like Happy by Eva Woods
11.23 The Magnolia Story by Chip & Joanna Gaines
11.27 You And Me, Always by Jill Mansel
11.28 It's Not Yet Dark by Simon Fitzmaurice
11.30 Finding Our Forever by Brenda Novak
12.04 Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
12.07 Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
12.11 Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
12.13 The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
12.19 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
12.19 A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
12.21 Swimming with Bridgeport Girls by Anthony Tambakis
books read: 54 of 60


01.05 After You by JoJo Moyes
01.09 Dreams of Shreds and Tatters by Amanda Downum
01.14 Summer House with a Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
01.19 Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
01.24 Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid
02.03 Maternity Leave by Julie Halpern
02.09 A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
02.15 The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson
02.17 A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery
02.25 Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
03.14 New Earth by Ben Bova
04.29 After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
05.02 Love in Lowercase by Francesc Miralles
05.06 Thomas Murphy by Roger Rosenblatt
05.10 The 6:41 to Paris by Jean-Phillippe Blondel
05.19 My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman
05:25 The Dinner by Herman Koch
05.28 The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
06.05 The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
06.15 Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
06.26 The Heart by Malis de Kerangal

07.06 The Red House by Mark Haddon
07.16 The Bronte Project by Katherine Reay
07.24 Every Anxious Wave by Mo Daviau
07.31 Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World by Clara Parkes
08.13 The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
08.14 Quicksand by Steve Toltz
08.28 One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
08.29 The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
08.30 The Two of Us by Andy Jones
09.15 The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
09.29 Dear Fang, With Love by Rufi Thorpe
10.09 Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagan
10.21 Lost & Found by Brooke Davis
11.20 Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple
12.02 Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
12.11 And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman
12.24 The Underground Railroad
books read: 38 of 60


01.08 The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
01.08 Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord
01.10 Creative Confidence by Tom & David Kelley
01.17 One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper
01.31 Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay
02.09 Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
02.12 Scary Close by Donald Miller
02.14 Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
02.16 The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
02.19 The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
03.01 Silver Bay by JoJo Moyes
03.04 The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
03.07 The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
03.09 Department of Speculation by Jill Offill
03.15 Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
03.22 Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
03.26 Looking for Alaska by John Green
03.31 Wild by Cheryl Strayed
04.03 This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
04.08 I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
04.16 One Plus One by JoJo Moyes
04.22 Paper Towns by John Green
04.23 The Room by Jonas Karlsson
04.25 The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
05.05 The Ship of Brides by JoJo Moyes
05.07 In Some Other World, Maybe by Shari Goldhach
05.10 Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid
05.12 To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
05.15 Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
05.17 The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins

05.27 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
05.28 Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
06.01 Ruby by Cynthia Bond
06.09 The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion
07.03 Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
07.05 Rejection Proof by Jia Jiang
07.06 The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
07.08 P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
07.10 It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
07.21 We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
07.26 Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht
08.09 Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
08.25 Me Being Me Is Exactly as Insane as You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowry
08.26 Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
08.30 Fire with Fire by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
08.30 Ashes to Ashes Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
09.09 Wildlife by Fiona Wood
09.21 The Death Head's Chess Club by John Donoghue
10.16 Althea & Oliver by Christina Moracho
11.03 Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
11.09 The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens
11.17 Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
11.22 Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
11.27 Hello, Goodbye, And Everything In Between by Jennifer E. Smith
12.02 Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
12.06 Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin
12.14 A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
12.22 Come Away With Me by Karma Brown
books read: 58 of 52


01.03 Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
01.08 Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
01.12 The Fault of Our Stars by John Green
03.04 Fine Art Weddings by Jose Villa & Jeff Kent
04.01 The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
04.05 Divergent by Veronica Roth
04.16 Allegiant by Veronica Roth
04.28 An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
05.27 Insurgent by Veronica Roth

06.05 The Last Letter From Your Lover by JoJo Moyes
06.09 The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes
06.11 Traveling by Joerg Rieger
07.01 One More Thing by BJ Novak
07.31 Paris Wife by Paula McLain
08.21 Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
08.23 #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
09.22 This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
books read: 17 of 52


01.08 Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz
01.18 Blog Inc by Joy Deangdeelert Cho
02.16 Seven by Jen Hatmaker
04.06 My First New York from the editors of New York Magazine
04.07 The Accidental Masterpiece by Michael Kimmelman
04.20 The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
04.20 Travels with Epicurus by Daniel Klein
05.17 Cambodia's Curse by Joel Brinkley
06.06 Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
06.20 The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
07.16 The Art of Fielding by Chard Harbach

08.16 Home Game, An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood by Michael Lewis
09.12 A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
09.30 The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
10.01 How to Lose Her by Junot Diaz
10.04 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
10.07 Interrupted by Jen Hatmaker
10.26 Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
10.30 Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
11.18 Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins
books read: 20 of 52


01.06 How to Be a Man by Thomas Beller
01.11 29 Gifts by Cami Walker
01.17 Return to Paris by Colette Rossant
01.21 The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
01.25 Un Amico Italiano by Luca Spaghetti
02.03 MWF seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche
02.14 Slow Love by Dominique Browning
02.23 Sway by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman
03.05 Click by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman
03.09 Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
03.16 Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom
03.20 How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Don Clifton
04.02 It Could Be Worse, You Could Be Me. Ariel Leve

06.01 A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Don Miller
07.06 Love Does by Bob Goff
07.11 Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
07.29 Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller
08.01 The Long Walk by Brian Castner
08.04 Blink by Malcom Gladwell
08.08 Father Fiction by Donald Miller
09.06 Eight Lives Down by Chris Hunter
10.04 The Birth Order Book by Kevin Leman
11.06 Who Stole My Sale? by Todd Duncan
12.12 Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
books read: 24 of 52