In the past, you had to force me to pick up a book and read the entire title.  As a child, our mother took us into the library and we each got our own library card.  At least once a month, our mother would take us in, with a cloth bag in hand and allow us to check out books to bring home.  Now, as a child, this is fascinating, to walk into a beautiful building full of books…but picture books of course!  As I got older, I despised reading and even better, my high-school had a book requirement that had to be completed prior to graduation…oh the joy.

Now, I can’t stop reading.  I can’t stop judging a book by it’s cover.  And I can’t stop purchasing books!  I don’t know what has gotten into me, but I could read all day long!  Lunch break, okay, let me grab my book.  A sunny weekend, you can find me on the patio with a book in hand.  Airplane ride to somewhere, books packed.  Beach reading, my favorite!

So, never being good with new year resolutions, I started in 2018 with a big one!  January 1, 2018 – I challenged myself to read 50 books.  I exceeded that by reading just four over.  So with a new year here, my 2019 goal is to read 65 books!  Let’s see if I can exceed this list too!

During the next nine months of 2019, I will share all of the books I devour in.  It’s not always easy to imagine the titles that deem surprising, but I will do my best to share my favorites with all of you.  Now for the books that I just can’t finish…those will not be included on my list.  If I have a goal to read 65 books, I have to read 65 books from start to finish.  So if there is a book that I just can’t get into by the 7th chapter, I toss it.

I hope you enjoy and are inspired!  And if you have favorites, please share in the comments – I am always looking for new books to read!

You can also track my reading on the Goodreads app.  You can search me by name, ‘Meaghan.’

 

Love you Muchly,

The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson

Ok, the first book of the year has already touched my heart and became my favorite book yet!  If you are anything like me – obsessed with the royals and anything fashion – you need this book!  Take a stroll back in time and vision the sewing room where the Queens’ wedding dress was created – by hand!

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Since it was still winter when I read this, why not grab a book with ‘beach’ in the title!  This was not my favorite, unfortunately, but I forced myself to read the entire book.  Characters Anna, her father and family friend Dexter are involved in a mystery and Anna must work to see where her father may have vanished.

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

I am not sure what it is when it comes to prison originals but I was gravitated towards Orange is the New Black and any prison show that Netflix had to offer.  So when I found this book, with a female charged with two consecutive life sentences, why not dig into this story on survival and violence!

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

I love a good thriller and when it involves two missing sisters and a twisted family secret, I can’t pass it up!  Page-turner and quick read!  Find out what happened to Emma and Cass in this one-of-a-kind kidnapping and betrayal story!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

My one vacation read of 2019!  And boy was it a page turner!  I don’t even know where to start with this story and not give anything away!  A beautiful family, full of secrets and one damaged girl.  So many lies.  But where does the truth lie?

Bring me Back by B.A. Paris

I told you I like a suspenseful thriller!  Boyfriend and girlfriend take off on vacation – but only one comes back home, or so we thought!  Say no more, just go grab this book!

How to Walk Away by Katherine Center

Alright, I finished this book in less than 24-hours!  Grab this book if you want to feel all the butterflies of an unforgettable love story and finding joy.  Suddenly, on such a happy day, it all turned badly and Margaret must figure out what her new future looks like.

The Perfect Mother by Nina Darnton

Remember Amanda Knox who spent almost four years in an Italian prison?  Well, this story is very similar!  On day 2, I finished this book – I just could not put it down!  See how far a mother will go to protect her daughter!

The More of Less by Joshua Becker

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