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13 Books To Put On Your Must-Read List

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I feel so completely guilty for saying this, but it’s been so long since I’ve read a book properly. I think it was last year, but I read so much online that I forget about reading proper books. IT’S NOT GOOD. I love books. My girls have beautiful bookcases filled with them, and I love how much they love stories, and having me read to them. And I still think the smell of a new book is one of the best smells ever. Don’t you agree?

I’ve promised myself that I will be grabbing a new book this month and to start reading it. I asked my friends over on my Facebook page which book they loved and would recommend, and the books below kept coming up over and over again.

Not That Kind Of Girl : Lena Dunham
Read it to: read about all the lessons that Lena has learned as a young woman. You know, falling in love, feeling alone, being overweight despite eating only health food, having to prove yourself to a room full of men twice your age, finding true love, and more.

First, We Make The Beast Beautiful : Sarah Wilson
Read it to: feel less alone about your anxiety, but also see how Sarah can brilliantly reframe anxiety and change the way you think about it.

See What I Have Done : Sarah Schmidt
Read it to: get knee deep in the true story about a murder that happened in 1892.

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt : Beth Hoffman
Read it to: get lost in a story that will make you laugh, and want to finish it in one sitting.

The Life-changing Magic Of Not Giving A F**K : Sarah Knight
Read it to: let go of your perfectionist ways, and to stop… caring so much about stuff that shouldn’t be cared about.

The Light Between Oceans : M. L. Stedman
Read it to: get taken on a beautiful love story, with a little twist that might just break you heart a little. {get tissues ready}

The Witness : Nora Roberts
Read it to: get lost in the twists and turns of this #1 New York Times best-selling author.

What I Know For Sure : Oprah Winfrey
Read it to: be inspired and have a few light-bulb moments.

Big Little Lies : Liane Moriarty
Read it to: see what everyone is talking about in the super popular new TV series.

The Signature Of All Things : Elizabeth Gilbert
Read it to: feel enlightened, and be taken on a beautiful journey with the words of the super talented Elizabeth.

The Barefoot Investor : Scott Pape
Read it to: discover practical ways to make your money work better, and change the way you look at your finances.

Lion : Saroo Brierley
Read it to: discover a true story that shows triumph and survival despite not-so-great odds.

The Bronze Horseman : Paullina Simons
Read it to: be transported through tales of love, war and Russia.


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What are you reading right now? Which book would you recommend I grab this month and start reading?