My 30 favorite books

As I head into the next decade of my life, I have made some lists of favorite things. First up – books! After I graduated college, I was so stoked to be able to read for fun. In my early 20s, I joined a mystery book club with a bunch of retired people and it was amazing. I read a lot of books that I never would have picked on my own. A few times a year when I lived in Nashville, I would wander around McKay’s and pick up a variety of random new books to add to my collection, which I have organized by color. I also started the Nashville Girls Book Club and ran that until I moved to Madison. In Wisconsin, I have a few friends that meet to chat about books and a book club that meets in a bar. These days most of my new book exposure comes from my Book of the Month club subscription. Every month I get to pick from 5 options and get a book or two delivered a few days later.

Here are some pics from book clubs and book adventures.

My favorite 30 books, in no particular order.

  • The Orphaned Anythings by Stephen Christian
  • You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
  • A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
  • Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  • The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
  • Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
  • Untamed by Glennon Doyle
  • The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman
  • City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Anxious People by Frederik Backman
  • The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
  • Outer Order Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin
  • Food Rules by Michael Pollan
  • The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
  • The Guest List by Lucy Foley
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight
  • Overwhelmed by Brigid Schulte
  • How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
  • Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  • Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

I’m excited for all the books that I’ll get to read in my 30s! Let me know if you have any specific suggestions!

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