My 2018 Reading List

In my journey of figuring out what I like to do with my time, I rediscovered my love for reading. At the beginning of 2018, I decided to make a goal of reading at least one book per month. Little did I know that I was going to not only embrace that goal but blow it out of the water! 


As I was reflecting on the year, I realized I actually read 85 books in 2018! I know, crazy right?! If you are like me, you might be asking yourself, “how the heck did she have time to read that many books?”. Since I figured people were going to ask me that, I thought I’d first share my tips on how I read so many books. 

  1. Get a library card! There is NO way I could have read all of the books I did this year without my library card. I am not made of money!!! Library cards are free and most libraries now have ways that you can borrow e-books and audiobooks. If you don’t have a library card already, I would highly recommend getting a library card as soon as you can! Without one, you are missing out on so many FREE books!!

  2. Choose to read instead of watching TV! Nowadays, we spend SO much time watching TV. I know for me, turning on the TV is an automatic when I get home from work, eat dinner or if I am bored. I realized since TV was my go to (and is probably rotting my brain!), so I should probably focus reading more than I watch TV. That mainly looks like me only watching TV with my hubs and minimizing watching TV by myself.

  3. Always have a book with you (or the Kindle app)! I find that I am usually early to most things that I go to so I have ample time to read while I wait. I used to just scroll through Instagram, but now I open my Kindle app and read until it is time to go in places. It’s amazing how much you can read in 10 minutes!

  4. Audiobooks are your friend! I generally listen to audiobooks while I am driving. Think of how much time you spend in the car! If you are like me, you may have a 25-35 minute commute every day before and after work, so it is super easy to breeze through books this way! Disclaimer: I feel conflicted about if listening to audiobooks counts as reading but since this is my blog post, I will count it. ;) With that being said, I have only listened to about 20 of the 85 books via Audible or OverDrive.

  5. Join a book club! This year I decided to start a book club. I have always wanted to be in one but never made it happen. After seeing the movie Book Club back in the summer, I was so inspired by their friendship and how much fun they had in the movie (yes, I know the movie is not real life and was cheesy, but I LOVED it still!). My book club meets once a month and we host the club in our homes. It’s a great way to be read more, be inspired, learn and have fun!

Now that you know how I read so many books, here’s the list of the books that I read this year!

  1. 10% Happier by DanHarris

  2. 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson

  3. A Field Guide for Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

  4. A General Theory of Love by Thomas Lewis and Fari Amini

  5. A Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

  6. A Voyage for Madmen by Peter Nichols

  7. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

  8. A Year of Less by Cait Flanders

  9. Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold

  10. And David Perceived He Was King by Dale Mast

  11. Astrophysics for People in Hurry by Neil de Grasse Tyson

  12. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

  13. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

  14. Blog, Inc By Joy Cho

  15. Born to Buy by Juliet Schor

  16. Bossypants by Tina Fey

  17. Braving It by James Campbell

  18. Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown

  19. Breathing Underwater by Richard Rohr

  20. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

  21. Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

  22. Eat and Run by Scott Jurek

  23. Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

  24. Enough! by Chonyi Taylor

  25. Ever Increasing Faith by Smith Wigglesworth

  26. Everything that Remains by Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus

  27. Fearless & Fabulous by Cara Leyba

  28. Find the Good by Heather Lende

  29. Finding God in the Waves by Mike McHargue

  30. Girl Code by Cara Leyba

  31. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

  32. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Book 2 by J.K Rowling

  33. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Book 7 by J.K Rowling

  34. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Book 4 by J.K Rowling

  35. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Book 6 by J.K Rowling

  36. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Book 5 by J.K Rowling

  37. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Book 3 by J.K Rowling

  38. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Book 1 by J.K Rowling

  39. Healing and Freedom by Restoring the Foundations

  40. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

  41. How to Be Here by Rob Bell

  42. Igniting Faith in 40 Days by Steve Backlund

  43. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

  44. In Search of Excellence by Tom Peters

  45. Inner Engineering by Sadhguru

  46. Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch

  47. Irena's Children by Tilar Mazzeo

  48. Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard

  49. Living Forward by Michael Hyatt

  50. Love Wins by Rob Bell

  51. Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel

  52. My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

  53. North by Scott Jurek

  54. Proverbs Wisdom from Above by Brian Simmons

  55. Ruthless River by Holly FitzGerald 

  56. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

  57. Simple Church by Thom Ranier

  58. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

  59. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

  60. The 100 Thing Challenge by Dave Bruno

  61. The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss

  62. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

  63. The Book of Doing and Being by Barnet Bain

  64. The Deborah Anointing by Michelle McClain-Walters

  65. The Esther Anointing by Michelle McClain-Walters

  66. The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Shinn

  67. The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

  68. The Irresistible Introvert by Michaela Chung

  69. The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish

  70. The Needs of the Heart by Chip Dodd

  71. The Plant Paradox by Steven Gundry

  72. The Power of a Positive No by William Ury

  73. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

  74. The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel

  75. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

  76. The Voice of the Heart by Chip Dodd

  77. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

  78. Thinner Leaner Stronger by Michael Matthews

  79. This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

  80. Trespassing Across America by Ken Ilgunas

  81. We Stood Upon Stars by Roger Thompson

  82. What Is the Bible? by Rob Bell

  83. Wild by Cheryl Strayed

  84. Year of Yes by Shona Rhimes

  85. You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson

Danielle Helson