Mar 24, 2019

Book List Inspiration for Women

Check out this book list for women.  There are quite a few must read books on here with a total of 35 different titles.
In 2017 I made a goal to read 35 books throughout 2018.  I have some book list inspiration for women that I want to share with you, but let me tell you the story real fast about this goal I made for myself.  Maybe you can relate. 

Reading 35 books in 2018 was a pretty lofty goal since I read UNDER 12 in 2017.  However, I have always loved reading.  However, when I became a mom that hobby took a backseat, WAY in the back.  So it rarely happened. 

In 2018 I wanted to focus on self care more to help combat some anxiety I deal with.  So I thought reading was a fantastic way to start.  I read 46 total.  It is crazy how if you put your mind to something you can accomplish it.  

I am providing my list of books as a book list inspiration for women and I will give tips on how to read more if that is a goal you want to achieve as well too.  It is doable.  If you like reading, but find it hard to take the time to do it then please keep reading.  You owe it to yourself. 

Book List first, then a few tips.  I am going to break my books that I choose into categories.  I will also provide links to all the books that I had on my 2018 reading list.  I must add that I decided to do this because of a reading challenge that my friend Julia posted about on her blog.  I decided to take her challenge and I loved the diverse books I read because of it.  When I introduce a book I will list what category it fulfilled in that reading challenge. 

I am saving my favorite books for last.  They are my books I like to call my personal "Hall of Fame" books.  These are books I want to read dozens more times in my lifetime.

Check out this book list for women.  There are quite a few must read books on here with a total of 35 different titles.

Not my favorite
I didn't love these books, but I would love to hear your thoughts if you read them and loved them.  That is the beauty of books, some people love a book while others might hate it.  Books are very personal.  There are VERY FEW BOOKS I DON'T LIKE, even these ones had great moments.  However, I wouldn't recommend them to anyone personally.

Book List Inspiration for Women
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Challenge Category-"With a subtitle":  This one is my least favorite book I read in 2018.  It had some really good one liners.  It had some points that I could relate to wholeheartedly.  However, it was hard to get through.  The author and I are very different in a lot of big topics.  So it was hard for me to push through it.  

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Challenge Category-"Set in a place I want to visit":  Just for those of you wondering....it is set in Italy.  This was SO SLOW at first.  That is why I wouldn't read it again.  It became a lot better, but not enough to fully redeem itself.  This could go in the "Classics" category I have below, but I just wouldn't recommend it.  So that is why it is here.


Un-categorized
These books had their own categories and I didn't have two or more books to go with them.  So I threw them in this category together. 

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Challenge Category-"Favorite Author":  I can't say that Nicholas Sparks is my only favorite author, but I picked him because it had been quite a few years since I read one of his books.  I of course loved this book.  I had a friend who usually doesn't like love stories read it and she loved this book because of all the twists and turns and details in the book.  

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Challenge Category-"# in title":  This book was happy and sad all in one.  The girl in this book is so strong and so amazing.  I want to read this to my girls when they get older.  It shows that hard things don't have to define us. 

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Challenge Category-"Random book chosen by it's cover": I think the reason why I picked this book is because I love regency romance novels.  I was very happy when I liked this one as well.  It had plenty of suspense and a great love story to make it even better. 

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Challenge Category-"Translated from a different language": I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked this book.  This isn't the type of book that I like to read (usually), but I really liked it.  I found myself laughing out loud numerous times during this book.  Ove was so endearing.  I fell in love with him and I loved seeing his heart soften (think the movie Up) throughout the book.

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Challenge Category-"Mystery": Once again I am surprised with how much I liked this book.  I was super scared to pick a book from this category because I am the biggest scaredy cat in the whole world.  However, it wasn't as creepy as I thought it was going to be.  I talked to a lot of people that told me I would be fine.  They were right.  

Series
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Challenge Category-"From my must read list": I had read the previous books in this series years ago and needed to finish the series.  I actually reread and read all the books remaining books in this series during the year as well.  I actually like this series a lot.  

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Challenge Category-"Published in 2016": I am sad to admit this, but I really didn't love this book.  I didn't hate it, but I wish I loved it as much as I did the first 3 books in the series.  The first 3 books will be shown later on in this list.  Let me tell you when I read them 4 years ago I FLEW through them and I am NOT a fast reader. 

Non-Fiction
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Challenge Category-"Biography": I am not a typical biography girl, but this one was captivating.  I loved getting to know him better.  I also liked reading about everything he has accomplished.

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Challenge Category-"Self Improvement":  This IS a parenting book, but I still put it in self improvement, because I am a mother who wants to get better.  This book is amazing.  It has changed the way I look at raising my kids.  It has more of a cooperative approach to parenting.  I really really liked it and suggest anyone who has kids who get really angry or are highly emotional to read it.

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Challenge Category-"150 pages or less":  This is a very quick read.  I decided to read this one because my young cousin died in a tragic accident.  It came very suddenly and it was very hard.  I also knew I would be losing my grandma sometime soon.  Sure enough she passed away a few months after reading this.  There were great words in this book.  I loved it.

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Challenge Category-"Culture I'm not familiar with": I know OF this culture, but I found out I knew NOTHING about it.  I can't begin to explain how life changing this book was.  I think about my life here in the United States so differently than I ever did before.  This book is phenomenal.

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Challenge Category-"A book I previously started": I had started this book the year before.  Just like most non-fiction books I didn't get through this very fast.  Even if I like them it takes me longer to get through them.  This one was beyond interesting.  If you are an introvert you must read this.  If you are an extrovert and have a hard time understanding introverts then this would be a great book to read.

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Challenge Category-"Written by a celebrity": Who doesn't like Chip and Joanna?  I love their personalities AND their style.  So naturally I loved this book.  It was so fun to get to know them better.  If you have a chance you should listen to it on audio book, because they read it and it is so good.   However, you want to hold the book too because there are pictures as well.


Classics


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Challenge Category-"In a made up place":  I read this with my 6 year old daughter.  It had some parts that were tough to get through because of the old English that was used, but we loved it.  I will say that it is MUCH darker than the Disney version of Peter Pan.

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Challenge Category-"100+ years older than me": Can you believe I have never read this book?  I have seen many versions of it in movie form, but never read it.  It has been on my "to read" list for years.  So I decided to change that this year. I loved it.  I knew I would.

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Challenge Category-"Over 400 pages": Reading this one checked another book off my "to read" book list that has been on there far too long.  I didn't know as much about this book as I did Pride and Prejudice, but I knew enough to anticipate some things happening.  Once again.  I really enjoyed it.

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Challenge Category-"Considered a classic": When I was younger I watched this movie on repeat.  I am so very surprised I haven't actually read it.  I knew the story line, but I was surprised how much my heart hurts for her while reading it, even though I anticipated everything.  Once again a beautiful story about a girl who doesn't give up.

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Challenge Category-"Favorite Holiday Book": I know most of you are probably thinking there is no way I can be a book lover and not have already read all of these classics.  I know.  I know.  I am shocked too.  I know this story inside and out.  I knew what was going to happen and I basically knew when it was going to happen.  I laughed out loud a few times because Charles Dickens is just so amazing at telling stories.  


Historical Fiction

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Challenge Category-"1st book of series": I liked this book, but not as much as the TV show.  Maybe because I was smitten with the show first.  It was a fast read and I liked the book, just not quite as much as the show. 


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Challenge Category-"Book to Movie": This book was so good.  I loved it.  It took me a bit to get all the names of the characters down, but I loved it so much.  I wish the ending wasn't as abrupt, but it was really good.

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Challenge Category-"An Award Winning Book": I love historical fiction books.  So very much.  My favorite historical fiction books are usually set during WWII and that is the time period of this book.  Just like all WWII books (typically) I wish it had a happy ever after.  Although the end of this book isn't terrible it wasn't a ride-into-the-sunset-forever-happy type book.  I guess that is how WWII was though...even when it was over there was so much loss.

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Challenge Category-"Book with a name in the title": This book had me captivated by the first page.  However, it lost steam for me in the middle and then picked up toward the end.  I had no idea about this part of the world during this time frame.  I learned a lot and there were so many good insights and thoughts about life and how hard it can be, but finding happiness through it all.

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Challenge Category-"A New York Times Bestseller": YOU GUYS!  This book!  Are you kidding me?!  It was heart wrenching.  It makes me sick to think this actually happened.  I read all about the actual events of this whole scandal and I couldn't believe it.  Utter shock.  It was a good ending, but still so heartbreaking.  How can you have both endings?!

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Challenge Category-"Based on a Historical Event": Once again I had no idea that I had such little knowledge about the Willie and Martin Handcart Companies.  So little.  I was so intimidated by the mere size of this book.  I read it towards the end of the year and I was scared I wasn't going to finish it in time (I am not a fast reader).  However, I flew through this book.  I couldn't put it down from start to finish.  I wanted it to keep going and see the characters settle in more.  It was so good.  I loved how the author brought in both historical and fictional characters.

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Challenge Category-"Sure to make me cry": This book is borderline into the next category as well.  I don't know why it isn't so maybe I should move it there.  I guess because I wanted to keep it with the other two WWII books.  It was so good.  I cried a lot.  The ending was sad and happy at the same time.  This book made me see how brave people were during this time.  It was mainly the women that it followed and wow.  I want to be that amazing.


Personal Hall of Fame
These books were my favorite of the whole year.  They are ones I have already read numerous times or plan to read again.  They are ones I will recommend to everyone.

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Challenge Category-"Recommended by a friend": My friend Tera recommended this book to me.  She actually knew I would like it so she gave me a copy.  I haven't read a lot of books during WWI so it was fun to read.  There was a ton of references to the Civil War as well which I haven't read a lot of.  I LOVED the suspense in it, but the love story was the BEST. 

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Challenge Category-"Fairy Tale": I have to say I was VERY skeptical about this book.  I need to tell you though that I loved it so much that I stopped reading the books on my reading challenge and read this ENTIRE SERIES before I read another book on my list.  I blew threw them so fast and I wanted to start reading them again as soon as I was finished.  The twist of the fairy tales was so creative.  I seriously loved it.  So if you are skeptical then you must give this series a chance anyways because I was the same way. 

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Challenge Category-"One word title": I know I keep saying this, but THIS BOOK.  You have to read this book.  It puts everything into perspective.  It makes you think about what is important (essential) in life.  It is just so good.  You must read it and refer back to it often. 


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Challenge Category-"3 books by same author": I wanted the first 3 in a picture together and so I had to have all 5.  I actually read all 5 in this year.  I have already talked about The Crown earlier.  The first three books are some of my favorite books ever.  My best friend gave me them when I had my youngest baby.  She gave them to me to read while I was nursing.  Well read them I did.  I read all 3 in a week.  Once again I must say that I am not a fast reader.  This was done because I couldn't put them down! 

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Challenge Category-"Read before" AND "Finish in a Day": I had to put both of these together, because you can't read Heir to Edenbrooke without having Edenbrooke in your hands.  They are bound together.  With that said, I don't know if Heir to Edenbrooke should be in my Hall of Fame books, but it is so short that why not?  They are literally in the same book.  Edenbrooke on the other hand has my whole heart and soul.  I LOVE THIS BOOK.  It is my favorite book ever.  I could read it over and over again. 

Tips for reading more:
  1. Audio Books!  This isn't holding a book in your hands, but you are "reading" a book.  It makes chores so much better.  I loved doing this during chores, driving in the car alone, or whenever I really wanted to read, but couldn't actually sit down and read.
  2. Schedule time to read.  Make a date with yourself and read the book you have been wanting to read for quite some time. 
  3. Always carry your book with you.  You never know when you will be waiting at an office or in your car, might as well be reading. 
  4. Do a reading challenge like I did.  It is crazy if you put your mind to something then you will find ways to do it.  
  5. Go to bed earlier.  This way you can read for a bit and then go to sleep at your normal time. 

So that's it.  Have you read any of these?  Have you been wanting to read any of these?  Did this post add any books to your list that you want to read?  Also, I would love to hear what you are currently reading!  

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