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What I’ve Read So Far in 2021

Do you like reading? I love it, but I think that in the past few years, I kind of stopped reading as much as I did in highschool.

Enter 2020 and I began reading more again. I think it may have been as a way to escape from everything happening in our world. Understandable, right? But anyway, I made a goal to read more, because in order to be a writer you need to be a reader. And you need to read a lot. I’ve carried that goal into this year as well.

So far, at the time of writing this post, I’ve read 13 books. And they are a cross between personal development, contempory, YA, and more.

1. One Word That Will Change Your Life

This book is one that I read every year. So good for re-aligning your goals and thoughts for the new year. And all through a word that you choose for the year.

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2. The Camel Club (Camel Club #1) by David Baldacci

My husband loves all books by Baldacci, and He started playing the audio book when we took off to the South Dakota Black Hills for New Year. He wanted me to listen to it too. I loved it. It’s a political thriller and it is awesome!!

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3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons In Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

This one is one I remember my dad reading when I was a little kid. When a friend and I planned to buddy read it this year, I reached out to my dad to ask if he still had his copy and if I could borrow it. He said I could have it. haha… Next time I saw him, he brought it to me with a stack of other personal development books. My dad likes books like that too. 🙂 Made me happy I could read the same book he read when I was little. 🙂 Learned tons from this book. Stephen R. Covey does a great job describing the different habits. He writes in more of a instructional/educational voice than a colloquial writing voice, but it works. If you haven’t read this one, but want to improve on your habits — I’d recommend it!

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4. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

This book is one I’ve found myself thinking about and it’s been a few months since I finished it. It was a really good book. The character deals with mental illness and it was so well done. John Green did a spectacular job with this book. It was nice seeing a character who deals with anxiety and mental illness. There should be more of these out there. This was a great book.

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5. Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize

Yes, a book on babies. Yay, right? Don’t get too excited just yet. I like to do my research ahead of time and one of the biggest fears I’ve had ever since I was little was the pain that would accompany birth. So if that’s a fear you’ve had, this book is a must for you to read. It was very good.

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6. The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot To Kill George Washington by Brad Meltzer

I bet I’m showing my history nerd card here, but this book was amazing. So amazing it made me laugh and cry. It also gave me the goosebumps. It made me proud. Oh so very proud of our country and what they went through to make us — The United States Of America. This is a MUST READ.

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7. Hot, Holy, and Humorous: Sex in Marriage by God’s Design by J. Parker

Yes, this book is about sex. Shocker. The title sorta gives it away. Was listening to a podcast that recommended this author’s work, so I decided to give it a read. Even though I’m not normally the person to read books about this. But this book is filled with wonderful information, encouragement, and things to think about.

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8. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

When this book came out, I started reading it but never finished. I know… I know… but in my defense I was traveling to study abroad with it and was way too interested in the sunny beaches, the gorgeous views, and maybe some boys with beautiful accents. (Hey! I got one as a souvenir too! haha… Love ya, Johan!)

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9. Thinner Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building The Ultimate Female Body by Michael Matthews

A friend on Instagram mentioned how this book changed her life, so I figured I’d read it. Man, was it good. And sooooo full of great information. Michael knows what he’s talking about. This book has been super helpful! Looking for a book to inspire you and get yourself into a good habit of working out. This is a MUST.

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10. The Collectors (Camel Club #2) by David Baldacci

I think I enjoyed this second book from the Camel Club series even more than the first one. This one had cons in it and it was a fun ride!

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11. Break Your Glass Slippers (You Are Your Own Fairy Tale #1) by Amanda Lovelace

I sat down in an evening to read this delectable little poetry book. You’ll be able to tell this poetry collection was Cinderella-inspired. It was so wonderful. Only wish it had been my idea. She did a really good job with this. While reading the poems I found myself digging deep inside and lamenting on it. It was powerful.

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12. The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient #1) by Helen Hoang

I really enjoyed reading Helen’s voice. She has a quirky and fun voice to follow, plus her characters were fun to read. Plus, her main character is autistic. I really think there need to be more books like that. Small warning: This book does have some sexual scenes.

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13. Writing Fiction For Dummies by Randy Ingermanson

Oh the good ole’ dummy books… I got this one awhile back because of the author who is the creator of the Snowflake Method. If you’ve never heard of it, you must get this book. I think really smart people can read the dummy books.

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I’m so excited about all the other books I’ll be reading this year. I’ll keep you posted about the others that I read.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?

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