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I’ve been reading a lot since the start of the new year. It could be because I didn’t really meet my reading goals for 2016… or it could be because it’s a way I’m coping with the reality of 2017… or maybe I just darn well feel like reading more. Either which way, I’m glad to finally be catching up a bit with my to-read pile. Below is some of what I’ve read recently and what I’m currently reading.

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Scrappy Little Nobody // Reading actress Anna Kendrick’s collection of essays felt like I was chatting with her over coffee. I always had this image of her in my mind (based on interviews and roles she’s played), but this book gives a fun, light inner look into her life and her upbringing (I had no idea she was so involved in theater!). Recommended if you like Anna and are looking for a quick read.

Wishful Drinking // This was the first book I read in 2017, and it made me mourn the loss of Carrie Fisher even more (#RIP). Must-read for anyone with a sense of humor. Bonus points if you’re a Star Wars fan. I’m looking forward to watching the HBO special that’s based on the book.

Missoula // Want to feel enraged? Look no further and read the page-turner Missoula. Journalist Jon Krakauer focuses on five victims of campus rapes and sexual assaults in Missoula, MT (aka the “rape capital of America”). What’s standing in the way of justice? Rape culture, improper handling of the cases by authorities, skepticism from the police, and popularity of the local college football team. Missoula is a call to action. This book was brilliantly written, and I can’t recommend it enough.

The Harry Potter series // I started rereading the Harry Potter series back in 2015, and I’m hoping to finish by the end of this year. It feels too appropriate to currently be rereading Order of the Phoenix, also my favorite in the series, in the current state of our nation (The Resistance and Dumbledore’s Army, anyone?!). And it seems it’s pretty common for the Potter series to reemerge in times to find hope and healing (find out why adults reread the Potter series). As if you need another reason to reread (or maybe read for the first time?!) Harry Potter, it’s the series’ 20th anniversary (yes, you read that correctly – 20th!). Lumos.

Edit: If you have a Kindle and are an Amazon Prime member, you can read the Harry Potter series for free.

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You guys. This. Book.

I tend to lag behind the popular trends, especially when it comes to books. While I’m catching up on the book that was hot off the press and in readers’ hands 6 months ago, the next hot thing gets released.

Anyways, it happened again.

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I’m currently reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. It. Is. So. Good. I’ve had it on my Kindle for months now (got it when it only cost $2.99!), but just haven’t made it a priority… until now.

It’s about this 20-something small-town girl, Louisa (Lou for short) that’s just kind of floating through life – still living with her parents, working in dead end jobs, and feeling unsatisfied with herself. She decides to take on a job as a quadriplegic man’s caretaker. They begin to form a friendship and… you can kinda guess what’s bound to happen next.

I’m not yet halfway through the book, but I already love it – I can barely put it down!

If you’re interested in this one, be sure to read it before the movie adaptation is released on March 4, 2016!

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I set a summer reading challenge for myself to read 10 books. Easy enough, right?

Apparently too easy. I’ve been breezing by and am currently on #8 – and summer’s only halfway finished.

I don’t think I’m going to re-set my goal, but I thought I would share what I’ve been devouring lately:

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We Should All Be Feminists // This mini-book is an abridged version of a TED talk of the same name that the author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, gave in 2013. It’s a quick read and it’s full of insight on gender, feminism, and equality. A must-read for everyone!

What Alice Forgot // This is the one book on this list I’m actually currently reading. It’s from the same author of Big Little Lies and The Husband’s SecretLiane Moriarty. I’m loving it so far, but it’s such a change from the other books I’ve been reading (WAF is third person omniscient). It’s also being turned into a movie – so be sure to read it now before it’s comes out!

The Silver Linings Playbook // Yes, it’s the book that the Oscar-winning movie is based on! If you’re looking for a quick read that you could realistically finish in a day, this one is for you. It tackles a serious topic (mental illness) with grace and humor. If you liked the movie, you should be warned that the book is rather different (the movie watered down the severity of Pat’s life).

To Kill a Mockingbird // I was never required to read this beautiful piece of American literature in grade school or high school (but we somehow read Huck Finn), so I decided that now was a better time than ever since Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman is now on bookshelves everywhere (though the jury’s still out on whether or not the author actually consented to its publication…)

Yes Please // Amy Poehler’s memoir is a sort of self-help book to its readers (self-proclaimed by Ms. Poehler). Though this book isn’t too text-heavy, I spent nearly two weeks reading it when I could have finished it in two days. It’s funny at times, but it left (too) much to be desired. I prefer her BFF’s book Bossypants.

Crazy Rich Asians // This is a new one I picked up, but I’ve heard amazing things about it. Can’t wait to start it! (PS – it’s also being turned into a movie)

The Girl on the Train // Everyone says that if you enjoyed Gone Girl, you’ll love The Girl on the Train. I definitely liked it – and finished it in two days! It’s a major page-turner of a thriller and yet another book on this list to have a (soon-to-be) movie adaptation.

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Attempting Normal // I wrote about this last month. Read my post here!

Paper Towns // A book list from me really isn’t complete without at least one YA novel – this one by John Green (The Fault In Our Stars – but you knew that already… right?). I read it on my Kindle (so cheap! – $3.99), and finished it in a weekend. I really loved all of the characters and their development throughout the book, but felt so disappointed by the ending. I’ll of course go see the movie (so #basic).

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I saw comedian Marc Maron this past Friday night at BAM as a part of his Maronation comedy tour. Needless to say, the legend was hilariously amazing.

Anyhow, I knew I wanted to read his book Attempting Normal – and what better time to read it than the week that I would see him live in-performance!

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I just finished reading it, and I really loved it. It’s honest, funny, and, at times, pretty emotionally raw.

Here’s the 411: it’s a collection of 25 essays on his love life, cats, comic inspiration, upbringing, masturbation habits (more LOL than gross – trust me!), and other anecdotes from his life at the Cat Ranch. More often than not, you’ll find your mouth twitching into a laugh-smile.

If you’re into comedy, I highly recommend adding this book to your must-read list. It’s a quick read and gives you insight into one of the comics who came up with Louis C.K. and Sarah Silverman, but didn’t necessarily find the big break that he was looking for. OR you might know him from this little interview he did. He also has a TV show on the IFC channel (seasons 1 and 2 available on Netflix).

My take: 4.5 out of 5 stars – Boomer Lives!

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I recently wrote about my adventures with Furious Love, the biography of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s epic romance. I’m still reading it (about halfway done), but decided I’d crack open a few other books now that I have some free time.

indexI am absolutely enthralled by Dr. Meg Jay’s book, The Defining Decade. It is SO good. As someone who’s in between school and a career, this is just the book I needed to fall into my lap. Talk about right place, right time!

So what is “the defining decade”? It’s definitely not thirty are the new twenty. Dr. Jay makes is very clear that she hates this way of thinking. If you waste away or float through your twenties, you’re going to miss the most transformative period of your life.

I’m already halfway through the book, and I imagine I’ll finish it by this weekend. If you’re in your twenties and want the tools to make the most of them now, pick up this book – it’s truly a breath of relief!

indexEverything you know about tidying up is wrong. How’s that for a book theme? The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up draws upon the Japanese art (yes, it’s an art) of decluttering and organizing.

I thought the act of buying this book was a little ironic, considering the first step in Marie Kondo’s book is to discard… And I brought more into my home by purchasing this book. Oh, well!

So far, the technique has been working in the sense that I’m discarding sTufF from my closet. More later…

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What’s on your reading list? Anything I should keep on my radar?