Eleven books for you to choose from this season. I know I personally love getting ideas on what to read from reading lists on blogs. I feel like there are so many options that I need a little guidance and a good recommendation to help me get started! I’ve compiled a list that are intriguing to me, some I’ve begun and some are on my line up for the coming months. I doubt I’d be able to read all of these, but until June I’m sure these will keep me occupied. I’m really excited to make reading a priority this year. I am hoping to read one book each month. A few fiction, memoirs, thriller, and some wellness/self-improvement. A healthy variation for my best self.

There is so much a good book can do for you mentally, it can transport you, make you dream, feel therapeutic, and help you reflect. Of course there are tons of emotions and thoughts a book can provoke, I’d be silly to waste time trying to explain it in detail. Really all you need to do is grab a book and begin. I find time to read in the morning with coffee, while my baby nurses, during his nap time, and after his bedtime paired with a glass of wine or in bed before I doze off. I do not read at all of these times, but it’s how I find time here and there. It has helped me to realize reading just a tiny bit every day is something nonetheless and it counts. Don’t make your goal too large, small goals are just as good. Without further ado, here is my Winter & Spring reading list.

1. Faithful by Alice Hoffman 

My first read of 2017. I have just begun reading this captivating story of guilt and recovery. I’m only a few pages in, but so far it is heartbreaking, intriguing, and beautifully written. I have a feeling it’s gonna be good.

2. The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

A peak into another world, 1950s glamour. InStyle describes it as, “The suspenseful novel about a woman who took a decidedly different path—and the journalist who wants to uncover her secrets—will quicken your pulse.” Sounds like a must read to me!

3. Leaving Lucy Pear

Described as a beautifully written story of women and motherhood with a 1920s backdrop. Solomon is said to truly bring the pages alive with her detail and transport you into the story of her characters struggles and journey. Perfect to snuggle up with a cup of coffee and read the day away.

4. Talking as Fast as I Can

Otherwise known as Lorelai Gilmore or Sarah Braverman. Lead actress in two of my favorite shows, Gilmore Girls and Parenthood. I’m currently watching all the old seasons of Gilmore Girls so that I can watch the new season on Netflix and I’ve seen every episode of Parenthood probably twice and cried every time. In her memoir, Lauren talks about her life, shares hilarious stories of childhood, becoming an actress, and “making it”. Excited to spend a little more time with Graham, as though I haven’t spent enough already with the hours of television. LOL.

5. The Universe has your Back

I consider this a self-help book, but it’s probably better described as a self care book. In Gabrielle’s words, “My commitment with this book is to wake up as many people as possible to their connection to faith and joy. In that connection, we can be guided to our true purpose: to be love and spread love.” To me this book is like therapy. It is focused on living a divinely guided life and to me I interpret that as God. Interesting and thought provoking.

6. Present Over Perfect

A meaningful look at moving from a frantic hurried life to a simpler one, where finding the beauty in slowing down is so powerful. This is a book I’ve been seeing all over the Internet. Perhaps the next “The life-changing magic of tidying up”, as far as trendiness goes. Still worthy of a read. Everyone could use a reminder to enjoy everyday life and live simply.

7. The Woman in Cabin 10 

A thrilling page-turner about a luxury cruise going terribly wrong when a woman goes overboard, but the next day all guests are accounted for. Sure to be thrilling and intense!

8. Spark Joy

 From the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, comes this beautiful book on organizing your life and home so that it truly sparks joy. Spring cleaning anyone?

9. The Girl on the Train

A captivating thriller about a woman who commutes on the train and suddenly becomes wrapped up in the disappearance of a woman she admires from the train. I actually read this in the Fall, I know it was popular last year, but if you haven’t read it yet or seen the film, it’s a must! It is purely addictive and I could barely put it down.

10. I Said Yes

I actually never watched Emily’s season of The Bachelorette or her season on The Bachelor, which is certainly on my to do list! She loves Jesus and talks about her journey, tragedies she’s experienced, and love she’s found. I truly enjoyed reading her story and reflecting on my own life and love story.

11. It’s Not Okay

Another Bachelor alum. I have not yet read Andi’s tell all tale, but it looks equally intriguing and relatable. Plus a little fun behind-the-scenes look at The Bachelor never hurt anybody! I’m sure it’ll be fun to read along side watching Nick Viall’s current season, too, right?!

A few of these picks were found on & chosen from the beautiful QuarterLane. They are wonderful and I highly suggest you treat yourself to a box.

Hope you all enjoy your reading! Share your favs & other recommendations with me in the comments. I’m excited to create a Summer reading list when the time comes, as well.