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January Reading List

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Last year I started the year hoping to read at least one book per month. Sadly, I only made it through 9. I guess I shouldn’t beat myself up too much, but I feel like I have a few friends and colleagues who are able to breeze through nearly 2 books a month. Maybe if I didn’t have a television and picked up a book instead of the remote each night then I would make it through more. As I create my 2017 reading list {and I am positive it will change}, I am truly setting my intentions this year to read 12 books {wish me luck!}. Here is what I read in 2016: You Shall Know Our Velocity // The Stranger // Just Kids {a favorite} // Tiny Beautiful Things // Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life // Hear the Wind Sing // The Hard Thing About Hard Things // The Silver Star // Shoe Dog

And below you will find a few things on my “to read” list.

Do you have any good book recommendations? Please leave a comment below! 

Cat Marnell

How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir

At twenty-six, Cat Marnell was an associate beauty editor at Lucky, one of the top fashion magazines in America—and that’s all most people knew about her. But she hid a secret life. She was a prescription drug addict. She was also a “doctor shopper” who manipulated Upper East Side psychiatrists for pills, pills, and more pills; a lonely bulimic who spent hundreds of dollars a week on binge foods; a promiscuous party girl who danced barefoot on banquets; a weepy and hallucination-prone insomniac who would take anything—anything—to sleep.

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Aravind Adiga

Selection Day

Two brothers growing up in the slums of Mumbai are taught by their authoritarian, abusive father that the only way out of the shack in which they live is to excel at cricket. The younger boy, Manju, is accustomed to coming in second place to his brother, but when that changes, his worldview is overturned as well. An in-depth look at the modern-day caste system of India, and the ways in which destiny, sacrifice, and revenge shape our most important relationships.

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Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad

The National Book Award Winner and #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia.

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Roxane Gay

Difficult Women

The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the elder sister's marriage.

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Emma Cline


Evie Boyd is a lonely 14-year-old adjusting to her parents' recent divorce and an emotional break with her childhood best friend. She encounters a wild and enchanting group of girls and is immediately drawn into their world of reckless abandon. Seduced by their thrilling, cult-like family hidden in the California hills, Evie finds herself pulled into events that will lead to unspeakable violence. Cline's captivating prose strips bare the deep desires and vulnerability of teenage Evie as she struggles for acceptance. The Girls is an enthralling and haunting novel that will linger with readers long after the last page.

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Carlo Rovelli

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

With a deft sensibility associated more often with poetry than theoretical physics, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics not only makes understandable the transcendent physical discoveries of the past century, but also reveals their powerful relevance to the human spirit. A revelatory and concise account of quantum mechanics, relativity, and the delight in both finding answers and seeking new questions, this jewel of a book lyrically demystifies the extraordinary realities of the cosmos.

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  • Gyre at selection of reading books … I should get back to reading too. These books sounds nice! 🙂

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  • These are some great selections!

    And a lot of them I haven’t heard of before either 🙂

    I have to say that I just finished reading The Girls and although I loved it, it does make you feel rather… weird afterwards. Definitely some parts that weren’t what I was expecting after all the hype but nevertheless manage to highlight often disturbing truths of teenage acceptance. Would love to know your thoughts on it after you’ve read!

    Heather x

  • I read Girls and I was a left a bit underwhelmed and strange afterwards. I really want to read Selection Day! I am Indian (American born and raised) and though the caste system is something of the past in our Western culture learning, these sort of stories pop up all the time. And the system is still prevalent when it comes to marriage. How to Murder Your Life looks INCREDIBLE. Just added it to my Goodreads.

    • Hahah I just saw was Heather below wrote. I think she and I have very similar opinions of The Girls.

    • Effortless Everyday Style

      I didn’t love The Girls either and it came higher recommended

  • Jennifer

    How did you enjoy “Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life”? I struggled through it, I found it slow but interesting.
    My favorite book to date is “A Paris Apartment” by Michelle Gable, just a great great book. Also “West of Sunset” and “The Paris Wife” were two other favorites from 2016.

  • Ballets&Bows

    All of these look great! Difficult Women may just be my next read!

  • Class Versus Sass

    girls, difficult women and the underground railroad are all great books. I just started Rovelli’s new one but the old I have not read

  • Daeyz

    I totally relate to you, I’ve been trying to read more as well, but I’ve been on the same book for more than a month! Love all your selections!

  • All of these sound like fabulous picks! Let us know how they go! I attempted to get through 12 books last year.. and I made it through.. 5. Yes it is appalling but I will make it through more this year and I want to give some of your picks a try!


  • These are all great book suggestions, it seems like we have similar taste (I read a few of the same books you did last year) so I’ve added How to murder your life and the girls to my reading list!

    A few suggestions:
    -The Good Girl by Mary Kubrica (if you like thrillers)
    -Kook by Peter Heller
    -I like you just the way I am by Jenny Mollen (seriously so funny & ridiculous, you’ll laugh the whole way through, girlfriend is crazy in the best way)


  • I just finished a book, so I’ve been looking for some new ones! Thanks for sharing, these sound great!

    Treats and Trends

  • Camille

    Innocents and Others
    A Tale for the Time Being

    ^Both are so good! Thanks for your list!

  • Mary Katherine

    The Girls is great – I enjoy slightly controversial/weird books. Read Anton DiSclafani’s books:

    The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
    The After Party

    Both are wonderful…and a bit weird (aka honest) at times.


  • Effortless Everyday Style

    I’ve heard great things about Barbarian Days its on my list, can’t wait to see what you think of The Girls, I read that over the summer

  • Robmauree13

    I also read The Girls and loved it so much I contemplated not returning it to the library! I also read and liked Barbarian Days, which was funny because I don’t even know how to swim let alone surf. I recommend anything written by Lauren Groff, Wolf Winter, Burial Rites, and The Bone Clocks. Good luck!!

  • The Gold Lipstick

    Absolutely love it!

    Mireia from TGL

  • dd

    Rare Objects by Kathleen Tessaro was a fave of mine from 2016. x

  • Haley E.

    It might sound cheesy, but I found Summer Sisters by Judy Blume in a used book store last summer. I loved Judy Blume growing up and I was completely shocked to learn that she had written books for adults. I read it in an afternoon, but thought about it for weeks afterwards. Parts of it have stuck with me. It’s one of those books that should have been made into a movie long ago, but haven’t.

  • So many great recommendations, thank you!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • I just saw Zadie Smith speak, and she’s intelligent and funny… and I can’t wait to read White Teeth and her latest, Swing Time. I highly recommend Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (that’s one you’ll definitely get through quickly!).


  • natalie

    Oooo i need to read that book by Roxanne Gay!!!

  • Cat

    Some great ones to add to my list – thanks Jacey! I just finished Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things and it is brilliant. One that sits with your for a while afterwards so well worth a read!! XXX

  • It’s one of my ny resolutions to read more too this year!

  • Keshia Marie

    I am so happy there are more book recommendations for the new year. I will def. make an effort to watch less TV before bed and pick up a book instead – EXCEPT on Bachelor Monday’s 🙂


  • Thanks for introducing me to Roxana Gay. Difficult Women is now on my 2017 reading list! If you haven’t already read these, I highly recommend The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.


  • Sara Sharifpour

    Interesting books on your list there.

    Here are a couple of my personal favorites for when you’re composing your next reading list 🙂

    Of human bondage and anything by Mhairi McFarlane. OH, and I just LOVE your blog!!

  • how to murder your life looks AMAZE! xo

  • Monica Purington

    Didnt you also read 10% Happier?!

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