A Few Books to Start the Year

Nothing better than sitting down to chat about a few books to start the year! 2017 was a big year for me with reading – I ended the year with 65 books in my arsenal, which was 15 more than planned. I’m excited to keep the momentum going throughout 2018 and to share all my recommendations with you. I started a highlight reel on Instagram that I’ll update regularly so you can get real-time updates with what I’m reading and liking! Let’s jump into a few of my recent favorites.

A Few Books to Start the Year

Couldn’t Put ‘Em Down …

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry – 5 stars

This instantly became a new all-time favorite book. I wanted to start again the minute I read the last page. IT JUST MAKES MY HEART SO HAPPY! The first few chapters are a little slow and confusing as you try to piece together all the characters, but it all falls into place. I adored how one man who lead a relatively normal and insignificant life was able to affect an entire town and intertwine their lives/stories together. The town of Peasebrook might not be real, but I now more than ever want to travel to the small towns outside of London.

Once Upon a Royal Christmas by Robin BielmanOnce Upon a Royal Christmas by Robin Bielman – 4 stars

I downloaded this freebie because it looked like the title of a Hallmark Channel movie. And, it totally delivered the same way those horribly addicting movies do. #guilty Even though the holidays are over, this is still a good winter read – it’s not shoving Christmas down your throat or anything. The reason why Rowan doesn’t decorate her tree that leads to Theo doing what he does at the end to win her heart … excuse me while I go swoon. It’s an adorable feel-good story if you want something cheesy and cute.

Enjoyable Enough …

Wrapped Up in You by Stephanie RoweWrapped Up In You by Stephanie Rowe – 3 stars

Again, this was another Christmas-themed freebie. (I was desperate for anything to help me be more in the holiday spirit last month!) This is definitely borderline skip, but the epilogue got me. Otherwise, there really isn’t much character development and it’s one of those fast-moving, cutesy romances. But, if you’re holed up inside because of the cold this would pass the time just fine. And, like I said – the epilogue. It’s sweet.

Skip …

Catching Cassidy by Melissa Foster and More Than Once by Elizabeth Briggs. I gave these books three stars, so they aren’t total lost causes. Just not sure if they’re really worth your time. It depends what kind of mood you’re in!

Currently reading: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

What’s your reading goal for 2018? Any new books I should add to my list?

Want more book recommendations? Check out my thoughts on books from November and December 2017.

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  1. 1.28.19

    Ugly and Wonderful Things is a difficult book to get through but it’s so worth it.

  2. 1.28.19
    shootingstarsmag said:

    I have How to Find Love in a Bookshop on my wish list, so it sounds like I should definitely check it out. Yay for getting so much read last year. I love reading!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

  3. 1.28.19
    Ashley said:

    Immediately adding How To Find Love in a Bookstore to my list! You have me so excited to read it!

  4. 1.28.19

    We have been watching Hallmark Christmas movies even though we are well into January…..I think I might download that book then πŸ˜‰

  5. 1.28.19

    You had me at Once Upon a Royal Christmas!

    Green Fashionista

  6. 1.28.19
    Anna Wagner said:

    I loved All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, but when I looked back on Goodreads it seemed like it could be rather polarizing. Hope you enjoy it!

    • 1.28.19

      I finished it last night and really enjoyed it! I could see how it might be “controversial” and people having strong opinions about it.

  7. 1.28.19

    I’ll remember this list and your opinions. Thank you.

  8. 1.28.19

    Such a great post! I need to check some of these out.
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  9. 1.28.19

    I had a hard time finding Christmas-y chick lit books last month, but that first one sounds worthwhile. How to Find Love in a Bookstore is officially on my list- how can you not want to read it with a title like that?! I loveee books that can transport me to little towns and one that’s outside of London sounds like a dream!!

    • 1.28.19

      Oh my gosh, How to Find Love will take you away to London – it’s just the best! The title is what sucked me in, too and it didn’t disappoint one bit. I seriously want to read it again already!

  10. 1.12.18

    I had a hard time finding Christmas-y chick lit books last month, but that first one sounds worthwhile. How to Find Love in a Bookstore is officially on my list- how can you not want to read it with a title like that?! I loveee books that can transport me to little towns and one that’s outside of London sounds like a dream!!

    • 1.15.18

      Oh my gosh, How to Find Love will take you away to London – it’s just the best! The title is what sucked me in, too and it didn’t disappoint one bit. I seriously want to read it again already!

  11. 1.10.18
    Ashley said:

    Immediately adding How To Find Love in a Bookstore to my list! You have me so excited to read it!

  12. 1.10.18
    shootingstarsmag said:

    I have How to Find Love in a Bookshop on my wish list, so it sounds like I should definitely check it out. Yay for getting so much read last year. I love reading!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

  13. 1.10.18

    We have been watching Hallmark Christmas movies even though we are well into January…..I think I might download that book then πŸ˜‰

  14. 1.10.18

    Ugly and Wonderful Things is a difficult book to get through but it’s so worth it.

  15. 1.10.18

    You had me at Once Upon a Royal Christmas!

    Green Fashionista

  16. 1.10.18
    Anna Wagner said:

    I loved All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, but when I looked back on Goodreads it seemed like it could be rather polarizing. Hope you enjoy it!

    • 1.11.18

      I finished it last night and really enjoyed it! I could see how it might be “controversial” and people having strong opinions about it.

  17. 1.28.19

    Did you always have an IG and I wasn’t following you? I am now.

    I added Bookshop to my list yesterday after seeing it in a few places!

    • 1.28.19

      How to Find Love in a Bookshop is seriously so adorable – I hope you read it and enjoy it, too! And, yes – always had an IG, probably just missed each other. πŸ™‚

  18. 1.10.18

    Did you always have an IG and I wasn’t following you? I am now.

    I added Bookshop to my list yesterday after seeing it in a few places!

    • 1.11.18

      How to Find Love in a Bookshop is seriously so adorable – I hope you read it and enjoy it, too! And, yes – always had an IG, probably just missed each other. πŸ™‚

  19. 1.10.18

    Such a great post! I need to check some of these out.
    ~Samantha
    http://goldcoastgirlblog.com

  20. 1.28.19
    Caroline said:

    My brother-in-law is British and grew up in a small town that sounds like that fictional town haha. Anyway!! Definitely checking out that first book because it sounds great. Thank you for sharing and I hope that you have a great day! πŸ™‚

  21. 1.10.18
    Caroline said:

    My brother-in-law is British and grew up in a small town that sounds like that fictional town haha. Anyway!! Definitely checking out that first book because it sounds great. Thank you for sharing and I hope that you have a great day! πŸ™‚

  22. 1.28.19
    Debra Stachelski said:

    I think my reading goal for 2018 is to read at least ONE book, and How to Find Love in a Bookshop might be it!

  23. 1.10.18
    Debra Stachelski said:

    I think my reading goal for 2018 is to read at least ONE book, and How to Find Love in a Bookshop might be it!

  24. 1.10.18
    Biana Perez said:

    I already downloaded on of the books you recommended over the weekend so I can’t wait to add How to find love to my next up list!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    • 1.11.18

      Yay! I figure the Instagram thing was a good way to keep up with real-time updates. Hope you love Wasted Words!

  25. 1.10.18

    I’ll remember this list and your opinions. Thank you.