Kicking My Netflix Habit: My 2017 Reading List

Don't we all wish we had more time to read? I feel like we're constantly pulled in 12 different directions - work, school, kids, family, activities - and we don't have a thread of concentration left to sit down and read a book. I am attempting to make it more of a goal to focus on my hobbies. What do I like to do? What makes me who I am? I personally find myself spending too much time binge-watching Netflix than I spend on things that enrich my life, like reading. I love to read because you can do it anywhere and through so many mediums. Now, you can read a novel on your phone while you wait in line. You can listen to an audio book while you drive. You can download the Kindle or Nook app onto your tablet. And you can drive down to your local library and pick out a book the old fashioned way. 

Here's what's on my 2017 reading list:

"Talking as Fast as I can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between" by Lauren Graham

Spoiler alert: I love(d) Gilmore Girls. I am very close with my mom so I immediately clicked with these quirky, fast-talking characters. My mom and I used to watch the original series together every week. In fact, I would say this show laid the foundation of our relationship. So of course, when the revival hit Netflix in November, my mother and I watched the entire thing in one day. I've been reading the memoir since the book hit the shelves in November. I haven't had as much time to read lately as I want (see: paragraph one), but for a book this good, you ought to savor it. I keep reading in the voice of Lorelai Gilmore, so that's even better.

"Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person" by Shonda Rhimes

Here we arrive again at my Netflix addiction. Shonda Rhimes is the creator and producer of binge-worthy TV shows like Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. The title is inspired by running themes in these shows. Shonda Rhimes is both astounding and infuriating. She will kill every character you've ever loved. You will laugh and cry in one episode. Her shows are phenomenal so I can only imagine her book must be, too.

"Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed

Clearly, 2017 is going to be the year of memoirs for me. I don't know too much about "Wild" yet - only that it is in Oprah's book club, has 4 stars on Good Reads, and is apparently for women that want to change their lives. All signs point to, "Yes - read this book!" I keep hearing great things about it so I'm pretty pumped to get my hands on it.

Other great books I've read recently worth mentioning: 

"The Girls" by Emma Cline

"Eleanor and Park" by Rainbow Rowell

"Looking for Alaska" by John Green

"Leaving Time" by Jodi Picoult

"Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn
(Apparently Flynn's other books are just as gripping - they are on my list for 2017 too!)

What are you currently reading? What's your all-time favorite? Suggest the next good read in the comments! 

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