Thursday, December 26, 2013

What I Read this Year

I've always been a bookworm. Even before I could read I would go to the library with my dad, and lose myself in hundreds of colorful pages (and their smells). I still remember how amazing it felt when I was finally allowed to get my own library card. To this day, you'll rarely catch me without a book in my hand, in my bag or on my nightstand.

This year, I read quite a few books and decided to make a list of the ones I enjoyed most. I would love to know which books you read this past year that you would recommend.

An Idiot Abroad by Karl Pilkington

I'm a big fan of the TV show, and just knew I would like the book. The book is actually an exact diary of Karl's travels and very similar to the TV show. But, I find it even funnier, because you can actually read what he was thinking at the time, which is hilarious!

Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen Degeneres

Honestly, who doesn't love Ellen Degeneres!? I'm a huge fan of hers and love watching her show as well. Of course, her book is awesome and so funny. I actually heard that the audio book is hilarious because she reads it herself. 

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close

Well, I'm a bride-to-be and thought I would enjoy this book. I did! It's easy to read and so relatable. I don't read that many novels usually, but I really liked this one, because I feel that it's about me and my friends. A really nice read for 20-something females, for sure!

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

I've been obsessed and so inspired by Malala this year. If you don't know who she is, you probably don't watch the news. She is the young girl that was shot by the Taliban because she an activist for girls' education in Pakistan. The book is incredible! I just love this girl!

I'm a big fan of the author and his most well-known book, Tuesdays with Morrie. This was yet another inspiring read and really made me think about how we touch others' lives without even knowing it.

Bossypants by Tina Fey

I really look up to Tina Fey, she's a successful businesswoman, comedian and author. Her book is beyond hilarious and a very easy read. If you're a fan of hers, you'll really enjoy this.

1984 by George Orwell

Okay, I know, I'm probably the only person on this planet that has never read 1984! I read Animal Farm in high school and it has been one of my favorites book ever. 1984 didn't disappoint either. I love the concept, even though it's quite scary really. Maybe because it could happen? Or is happening already?

Trafficked by Sophie Hayes

This book is so so sad, but also very inspirational. Sophie gives a detailed account of her abduction and how she was forced into prostitution. It's really creepy to know that this is actually happening all over the world, all the time. 

Beauty by Lauren Conrad

Oh, this girl. I love Lauren Conrad! Ever since her days as a tanned teenager on Laguna Beach. After her popular "reality" show, The Hills, ended, I've been buying her books to get my Lauren Conrad fix. I love her easy, chic, approachable style, and this book is jam-packed with all of her beauty tips and tricks. I got the hardcover, so it makes for a lovely coffee table book, too.

I'm already working on my reading list for 2014 and I would love to get some ideas from you guys. Tell me what books you've loved this year, and what your are dying to read next!

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