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Kelly McGrath

The Good Read: August 2016

08/03/2016 0 Comments

As someone who spends a majority of my day staring at a computer screen, I still feel it is so important to pick up a book (a real one, not a kindle!) and read print every once and a while. After graduating college I decided that I wanted to make a more conscious effort to read, whether it be fiction, non-fiction, biographies, what have you.

In doing so, I have collected a number of really great reads through the recommendations of family, friends, fellow bloggers, and of course the New York Time’s Best Sellers List. I think that my generation is slowly losing their grasp on print, and as a romantic at heart I want to play my part in keeping it alive! There is something so rewarding about holding a paperback (or hard cover, if you’re into that) and being able to track your progress with a corner fold. There is something timeless and irreplaceable about flipping a page, or adding a book to your shelf.

So, I have decided to share a monthly list of books I am reading or recommend with my readers in the hopes of encouraging at least one millennial to stop by their local Barnes & Noble and get lost among the shelves like I try to every month. I also hope to encourage my readers to share some of their favorite reads as well!

1. About You by Jojo Moyes

I was one of the blubbering cry babies in the theater to see Me Before You back in the beginning of June, and let me tell you, my love for Will Trainer and Lou Clark knows no end. Naturally once finishing the first book I drove straight to my Barnes & Noble and picked up the sequel.

About You follow’s Lou’s journey after SPOILER Will’s death and discusses her impending grief and efforts to move on without him like he wished her to. Perhaps it is the romantic in me, but I couldn’t put this book down, and Moyes has created a character that I truly care about in Lou. This book is a wonderful reminder that life is not always perfect, and that sometimes you lose in love. What maters most, as Moyes explains, is how you continue on with living, and learn to love yourself along the way.

  1. You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Inner Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life.

This book has quite literally changed the way I think about my life. And I know that sounds incredibly dramatic but it is true. Jen Sincero has an uncanny way of writing as though we are sat next to each other on a sofa in her New York City apartment enjoying cheese and crackers while discussing all of the ways in which life can suck, and how to change it. Without disclosing too much, I will simply say that you will feel quite empowered while reading this book. You will laugh out loud at her wit and relate-ability, and you will likely read the entire thing in one evening, so start early to avoid being up until 2 in the morning like a manic person. Please read this book, if not to be reminded of her simple and incredible pertinent message that you are, indeed, a badass. Sometimes we all just need a little reminder.

  1. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

The newest novel from the New York Times Best Selling Author Colleen Hoover, “It Ends With Us” tells the story of 23 year old Lily Bloom, an intelligent and curious girl who recently moved to the city of Boston Massachusetts from her home state of Maine after graduating from college with a business degree and a desire to start one of her own. On the night of her fathers funeral, Lily meets the handsome and brooding Ryle Kincaid on the rooftop of an apartment building late one night. Ryle, a neurosurgeon with an intriguing attitude and a no-strings-attached attitude sparks her interest, and for once the way her life is moving seems nearly too good to be true.

As Lily hopes to tear down the walls that Ryle has built up, she finds herself thinking about her first love, Atlas. And when he shows up, everything that Lily had been building with Ryle is threatened. This book is a page turner, just like with Hoovers previous novels, and one I strongly suggest this summer. It is a perfect book to read at the beach and will have you tearing up, laughing, and forever changed by the end.

  1. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

I am a 20 something millennial living in a whirlwind of student loans, car payments, and rent money, and as such I would be doing myself a disservice if I didn’t attempt to get my financial sh*t together and read some books about finance. Yes, it is not the most exciting of topics, but this book is a real life recollection told in the format of a traditional novel, so getting through it is not only bearable but surprisingly enjoyable. The lessons that Kiyosaki tries to get across to you in this book will have you counting your quarters, spending more mindfully, and running down to your bank to open a Roth IRA the moment you finish it. If you are anything like me, then feeling prepared for your financial future will put your mind at ease, and when that is taken care of it will encourage you to start thinking in the now instead of  worrying about the future. One of my best friends recommended that I read this book and I am so glad I did, it has changed the way I think about finances and taught me how to be more fiscally responsible and plan for the future.

Have you read any new or noteworthy books lately? My hope with this monthly book club post is to engage with you all more and bring you suggestions that will encourage you to pick up a book and put away the phone more often, and to build a community of people who enjoy getting lost between the covers of a book every once and a while. If you have any suggestions leave them below, or you can email me directly at hiimkelly11@gmail.com!

Happy reading, everyone!

xx Kelly

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