#NEWYEAR,NEWREADS

Kayla Grey for kaylagrey.com
 
 

 

 

      This year I’ve decided to challenge myself to read at least two books a month. Soft goal for most, I know. For me, it is realistic. A lot of people I know can read a book in a day. I am not one of those people.

It takes me twice as long  to read or write than it  usually would  take the average person

A glitch in my system that I am not ashamed of, but would like to work on. I've committed to diving into a different book every two weeks. During this time, I will try to post as many reviews as I can so that I can let you know if the tea is pipin' hot or lukewarm.To get started, I've created a list of books  thanks to recommendations from friends and the guidance of the lovely folks at Indigo. I've decided to only plan for the first six months of the year as I'm sure there will be a ton of new releases by summer. Here's what I got so far: 

 

 

*please note that the following book covers and synopses have been provided by Indigo. 

 

THE POWER OF NOW: A GUIDE TO SPIRITUAL ENGLIGHTENMENT

by Eckart Tolle

 

A book that I annually revisit. The Power of Now  stresses the importance of being as present in moments as you possibly can. As humans, we are constantly caught up in dwelling on things that we can’t change in the past or anxiously looking ahead to stuff we can’t control in the future. This book serves as a guide for silencing those never-ending thoughts in your head, allowing you to enjoy and embrace the now that is .

 

TOOLS OF TITANS: THE TACTICS, ROUTINES, AND HABITS OF BILLIONAIRES AND WORLD-CLASS PERFORMERS

                  By Timothy Ferriss 

 

 

 

In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

 

 

 
 

THE BEST KIND OF PEOPLE

by Zoe Whittall 

George Woodbury, an affable teacher and beloved husband and father, is arrested for sexual impropriety at a prestigious prep school. His wife, Joan, vaults between denial and rage as the community she loved turns on her. Their daughter, Sadie, a popular over-achieving high school senior, becomes a social pariah. Their son, Andrew, assists in his father's defense, while wrestling with his own unhappy memories of his teen years. A local author tries to exploit their story, while an unlikely men's rights activist attempts to get Sadie onside their cause. With George locked up, how do the members of his family pick up the pieces and keep living their lives? 

 

 

 

MILK AND HONEY

by Rupi Kaur 

 Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity.

 

 

 

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM: THE ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY 

by J.K. Rowling 

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt's fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone.

 

HOMEGOING

by Yaa Gyasi

 Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, unknown to each other, are born into two different tribal villages in 18th century Ghana. Effia will be married off to an English colonist, and will live in comfort in the sprawling, palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle, raising "half-caste" children who will be sent abroad to be educated in England before returning to the Gold Coast to serve as administrators of the Empire. Her sister, Esi, will be imprisoned beneath Effia in the Castle's women's dungeon, before being shipped off on a boat bound for America, where she will be sold into slavery. 

 

by Sarah Knight 


Are your stressed out, overbooked and underwhelmed by life? Fed up with pleasing everyone else before you please yourself? It's time to stop giving a fuck This brilliant, hilarious, and practical parody of Marie Kondo's bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up  explains how to rid yourself of unwanted obligations, shame, and guilt-- and give your f*cks instead to people and things that make you happy.

 

SWING TIME

by Zadie Smith

Two brown girls dream of being dancers--but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, about what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.

 

ME BEFORE YOU

by Jojo Moyes 

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an ordinary life who has never been farther afield than her family's tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, now wheelchair-bound after a motorcycle accident. Will has always lived a huge life -- big deals, extreme sports, world travel -- and he's pretty sure he cannot live this way. Refusing to treat him with kid gloves, Lou sets out to show Will that life is still worth living.

WHAT SHE KNEW : A NOVEL

by Gilly Macmillan

Gilly Macmillan explores a mother’s search for her missing son, weaving a taut psychological thriller as gripping and skillful as The Girl on the Train and The Guilty One.

In a heartbeat, everything changes…

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry—until Ben vanishes.  

 

Would Love to hear any recommendations that you may have in the comment section below!

- GREY