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Social Stepmom’s January 2019 Reading List

Social Stepmom's January 2019 Reading List!

Happy New Year! I personally love New Years traditions. You can find me spending time with family, friends, reflecting on the past year, coming up with goals for the future, and updating my reading list! I’m catching up on some incredible books I didn’t get to read in 2018 and a few of my all time favourites that if you haven't read, girl get to reading!

We already know Heather’s Picks, we are all a part of Reese’s book club, now here are the next great book recommendations you’ve been waiting for: Social Stepmom’s January 2019 Reading List!

 

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

 

We have to thank Reese Witherspoon for so much. She is the RomCom queen, our new book club savior, but also—the producer of our dreams! When I heard earlier this month that this book is becoming a feature film with Reese’s production company I had to pick it up immediately and add to my reading list.

People say the book is always better than the movie, but we love a good film adaptation and can't wait to see the movie! Be sure to get your hands on Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens for your reading list before it hits the big screen.

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens.

 

Becoming by Michelle Obama

We love and miss them, America’s royal family, The Obama’s. Especially our queen, Michelle. This book has been on my reading list since before it came out. The much anticipated memoir from the former First Lady of the United States dives deep into her life and time in the white house, and so much more.

The book is incredibly insightful and empowering, Michelle wastes no time settling political scores but rather uses the book to tell her life story in a way that is going to have you flipping pages faster than ever before.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

 

The Light we Lost by Jill Santopolo

Tears. Down. My. Face. The aforementioned reading list queen, Reese Witherspoon, describes this love story herself as “the kind that engulfs you like a wildfire and the kind that keeps you warm like a hearth fire.

This love story spans decades and continents as two star-crossed lovers try to return to each other. Life, motherhood, and distance get in the way. Will they ever meet again”? If you are craving a love story in 2019, people, this is it.

Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story—their story—at the very beginning.

Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated—perhaps they’ll find life’s meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away? Their journey takes Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other’s hearts.

 

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

If the story of Anne Frank was a pivotal part of your life at any point, this book is a harrowing story set in Auschwitz-Birkenau is another tale you need to add to your reading list.

This true story is a real page turner, filled with love, war, heartache, and everything in between. Told from the perspective of Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, in April 1942, Lale is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

Imprisoned for more than two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov's experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.

 

Still haven’t read?
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

If you haven’t read this book yet, what are you waiting for?! The record breaking and incredibly diverse casting of the film adaptation of this novel put it right back in everyones radar and back onto my reading list.

Crazy Rich Asians is a story about love, culture, and tradition that so many can relate to, especially if you are a part of an extremely traditional family.

When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn't know is that Nick's family home happens to look like a palace, that she'll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia's most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick's formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should--and should not--marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider's look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.