I LOVE to read. Ever since I was little, I have always enjoyed getting totally lost in a good story, painting my own picture of the characters, setting, etc. in my head. This past winter break, I flew through four books while I was home, and it was awesome. Unfortunately, between classes, homework, my job, and extracurriculars, I have found it extremely difficult to find time to read for fun while I am away at school. I set a goal for myself this year to read one book a month and this has helped me stay accountable; instead of looking at my phone before I go to bed, I’ll read a chapter, I’ll bring my current read in my backpack and breeze through a few pages before class, etc. Here are a few of my recent favorites:
- You Are a Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero: I read this over the summer but I had to include it in this list. I had seen her original book, You Are a Badass, all over bookstores before, but I picked up the “sequel” to start thinking about how to budget more like an adult with my college graduation looming in just over a year (!!!!!). I started and finished this in the same day and laughed the entire time I read it. Sincero’s writing is candid, genuine, and no-BS; this book really opened my eyes to how different people engage in a relationship with money and goal-setting for my future career.
- What Unites Us by Dan Rather: This was sitting on my bookshelf for a while but I finally was able to sit down and read it over my winter break. Rather’s essays on different elements on patriotism in combination of his personal anecdotes on his life growing up and working in the news world was fascinating. It was refreshing to read a text that focused on the American community, rather than political divisiveness.
- The Operator by Robert O’Neill: This book was an absolutely incredible look into one man’s journey of becoming not only a Navy SEAL, but the Navy SEAL that fired the shots killing Osama Bin Laden. It was truly admirable to read first hand the great sacrifice thousands of men, women, and families make each day to ensure the safety of the United States.
- A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro: I received this book as a Christmas gift this year and just started it last week for this month’s read. It’s a modern day take on the descendants of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick, Watson. I’m enjoying it so far!