Reading Bucket List

I am a huge reader! Bookstores are my kryptonite. I don’t go into a bookstore unless I’m in need of something new or I will spend way too much money on book without the time to read them. Those of you who are big readers know exactly what I’m talking about!

I love to read all kinds of things from romance to self-help to psychological case studies. Random I know. Recently I began the long tedious search for new books to read during the second half of 2016.I’m very picky  because I usually spend about an hour before bed reading (or if I’m stuck in bed from a crazy flare up). Something about getting lost in a story or self-help book relaxes me after a crazy day at work.

So here are the books I want to read during the remainder of 2016:

War and Peace

war and peace


This book is a bit of a pipe dream. At 1,200 pages this book is incredibly long and involved. However, I’ve wanted to read it for years; since my high school English teacher and talked about it. I’m not sure if I’ll finish it, but I want to at least try!

A Tale of Two Cities

A tale of two cities

Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations is one of my absolute favorite books! I read it my sophomore year in high school, for English class, and loved it! It was the first assigned book that I had read completely. I’ve been meaning to read more of Mr. Dicken’s work and have decided that I’d like to start here.

The Book Thief

book thief

This is my niece’s favorite book! She’s been talking about it nonstop for months so I figured I should read it. She related to this book a lot since she, like the main character, were in foster care.

The Girl on the Train

girl on the train

This book is on the list simply because a ton of people keep recommending it. I’m not usually into thriller books (I HATE scary things) but so many people can’t be wrong about a book right?!

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town


This book immediately drew my attention because I grew up in a small town in Montana and had seriously considered attending the University of Montana which is in Missoula. Having studied criminology and psychology in college, I can’t wait to dive into this book!

Big Magic

big magic

I’ve heard a lot about Elizabeth Gilbert because of Eat, Pray, Love. I haven’t read that book but I know a lot of people really liked it. This book caught my attention because someone told me that if you’re a creative person or want to be a creative person then this book is a must!

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

tidy up

This is another book that everyone has been talking about for a couple of years now. Based on the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing, I was immediately interested because I love to organize and always look for more ways to be efficient in doing so. Sounds lame, and yeah maybe it is, but I’m a totally organizing geek at heart!

The Book of Doing and Being

doing and being

This is another book for creative people (according to the descriptions and reviews). I’m a sucker for self-help book (not the cheesy kind though) and this one is all about getting out of your comfort zone and using your imagination.

So there you have it! My reading list for second half of 2016. It’s not a lot, but like I said, I don’t have as much time for reading as I’d like. If you have any suggestions of great books (of any kind) leave them in the comments section. If I get these done (wouldn’t that me amazing!) then I’ll need some recommendations.



One Year Ends, Another Begins

Every year at Christmas, I can’t believe it’s the end of the year. Well, this year is no different. 2015 was a year of ups and downs for me but honestly, I’ve grown so much this year that I wouldn’t trade the bad moments for anything. Looking forward to the coming year, I’ve set some goals for myself.

Send birthday cards.

Sending cards is a dying art form. I’m very inconsistent with sending birthday cards to friends and family but want to get better about sending them. I always make sure to send a text or call but sending a card with a handwritten message is much more personal.

Write in journal 3-4 times a week.

Journaling is something that I did for years and really enjoyed it but somewhere along the way, I stopped. There’s something about documenting the good and the bad that is very cathartic and freeing. It’s also fun to look back and read my thoughts from years ago.

Blog consistently.

I started this blog but kind of fell off the band wagon towards the end of the year. My goal is to blog at least twice a week; Sunday and Wednesday. I’ve been planning over the past month some things that I want to do. I definitely want to make my blog a priority in the new year.


Prior to college I always had a savings account. Now, as an adult with ridiculous amounts of student loans, I’ve struggled to save money. However, it scares me to not have a safety net in case of a financial emergency. My goal is to save at least $50 each month. It’s not much but it’s a starting point.

Read more.

I love to read but it always seems to be the one thing that I stop doing as soon as I get busy. This year, I’d like to read more. At least 2 books a month.

Be positive.

While I try to find the humor in life, I can be a somewhat negative person. I’d like to work on not being such a ‘worst case scenario’ kind of person. I’d like to hope for the best and take a leap of faith that things will work out.

What are your goals for 2016? Leave me a comment. Happy New Year!