A few years ago, I made a month-by-month reading calendar for one of my freelance clients.
In January, I got an email from a reader telling me how much she’d loved following along with it, and asking if I was planning to do it for 2017.
The thought had never crossed my mind.
But I jotted it down in my notes so that in 2018, I could make one.
And here it is!
I loved going through each month and thinking about what books would be a good fit for that season, whether it’s a cold winter afternoon or a long lazy day at the beach in the summer.
Whether you’re looking for something to read solo or picking options for a bookclub, these books are perfect for every month in 2018.
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin
There’s basically no better choice in my opinion to kick off the year than this book. It’s just FILLED with great ideas for harnessing your own preferences and personality traits to create habits that really work for you. Plus, I just find her books so readable. My mom and I read this together and having someone to talk about it with made it even more enjoyable. (Full review here)
Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink
New Years Resolutions are still in full-swing and this book is a really interesting (and funny!) look at how much we eat and what simple things you can do to keep your eating in check without feeling deprived. I loved this book and talked about it non-stop for about a year after I read it.
March can start to seem a little dreary when winter just. won’t. quit. so I love this upbeat book about all the ways to make life a celebration. Jenny Rosentrach is a phenomenal writer, and I would really like to be her neighbor.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Spring break! And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my very favorite light reading. To be safe, I’d bring along the entire trilogy. I raved about this all summer on my InstaStories, and I’ve gotten more messages back with people who were doubtful but picked it up anyway and fell in love. (Full review here)
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding this month, this is an obvious choice. This is a fictionalized version of the courtship of Prince William and Kate, and I read the whole thing in a few days, then went back and read it straight through again. (Full review here)
A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck
With summer in full swing, this is one of my favorite middle-grade novels about a series of summers that a brother and sister spend with their (possibly crazy) grandmother. It’s laugh-out-loud funny, and a great read-aloud.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
I love a Liane Moriarty book for summer vacation because they’re super engaging without being TOO fluffy, and they’re long enough that you don’t finish it before your plane even departs. It’s one of those books where you don’t want to know too much about it going in – the main thing you need to know is that a parent died at trivia night at the local elementary school. Was it a murder? An accident? And, through 95% of the book, the biggest question is WHO DIED? (Full review here)
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
At the end of the summer, after a bunch of fluffy reading, I’m always ready to ease back into some more serious reading with some historical fiction. And this one, about two girls, both working for the British Airforce during WWII, is filled with plot twists, surprises, and just all-around fantastic writing. This one is on my re-read list. (Full review here)
There Are No Shortcuts by Rafe Esquith
Back to school, which means education is on my mind. I love Rafe Esquith and his books really inspire me to create a home life that’s full of educational opportunities. Are we all going to be as impressive as he is? Not even close. But there’s still so many ideas here you can incorporate yourself. (Full review here)
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
I don’t read very many spooky books, but this one is filled with mystery and atmosphere without being actually scary. It’s the best thing to read as you pull out the pumpkins and hang up some cobwebs. (Full review here)
Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, a Marriage by Molly Wizenberg
With Thanksgiving around the corner, I have food on my mind, and no one writes about food better than Molly Wizenberg. I was completely absorbed by this book about how her husband decided to start a pizza restaurant in Seattle and how it affected every aspect of their lives. After my mom and I read this, we made a trip to Seattle specifically so we could eat there. And it was delicious. (Full review here)
All the Money in the World: What the Happiest People Know about Getting and Spending by Laura Vanderkam
This one seems doubly-applicable in December to me. On one side, it’s helpful as you work on Christmas presents and think about what will actually bring happiness and what will just be stuff. And on the other end, as you prepare for January resolutions which might include budgeting or habit change, this is a really thoughtful way to evaluate how your money improves your life. Plus, it’s just fascinating. (Full review here)
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Happy reading! Let me know if you’ll be following along – I’d love to hear what you think.