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My 2018 Reading Pile

One of my goals this year is to read more. I bought quite a few books last year and in the past few weeks since the Christmas break and I hope I go through them all. Today’s post is all about my current reading list and ones that are by my bedside table.

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I have 12 books to share today and two I’ve already finished reading.

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It’s Kind of a Funny Story – Ned Vizzini

I picked this book up from the opshop ages ago but I didn’t read it until December when I randomly picked it up from my bookshelf. It took me a while to finish it as I only read it when I’m at the beach. This story is about a teenager, Craig Gilner and his mental health journey. I enjoyed this book in the end but I think the first half was a bit slow.

The Vogue Factor – Kirstie Clements

This book is a biography of Kirstie Clements, a former editor in chief of Vogue Australia. I love fashion so gaining insight into the fashion industry was quite interesting. There’s a lot of name-dropping in this book but I liked it as a light summer read.

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I have also accumulated a bunch of non-fiction self-help/motivational books over the last year and four of them are from Kikki K.

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Wake Up to the Joy of You – Agapi Stassinopoulos

This was my latest Kikki K book purchase when they gave me a voucher for my birthday. This book is full of tips on how to be happy and practice mindfulness.

Better Than Before – Gretchen Rubin

This is more about habits and how to improve them. I haven’t read this yet but I like the idea behind this book. When I bought this, I liked the title because it’s could have been the title of what my life in 2017 was like.

Thrive – Ariana Huffington 

I’m not going to lie, I picked this up because the cover is aesthetically-pleasing. The colour and gold lettering is nice. I think this book would also be good as it’s meant to discuss how success is measured and the author’s tips on how to have a better life.

Work Smarter: Live Better

Now I think this is a book that I really need to finish soon and apply to my actual job. After the Christmas break, coming back to work was hard and finding motivation to work and get stuff done is still challenging. The premise of the book is that this has ‘practical ways tp change you work habits and transform your life’. I definitely need some tips on this.

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The three books above were my latest opshop buys. Turbo wouldn’t move when I was taking a photo so his paw has made a cameo. I was attracted to the covers and hopefully they’re good summer reads too.

C’est la Vie – Suzy Gershman and True Pleasures – Lucinda Holdforth

I was curious about this C’est La Vie as the cover says it’s about an American woman starting a new life in Paris after her husband’s death whilst True Pleasures is about different Parisian women. I guess I currently have a fascination with France at the moment?

The Necklace – Cheryl Jarvis

A true story about 13 women and 1 diamond necklace. I hope all their stories are interesting.

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Yes Please – Amy Poehler

I found this book incredibly cheap from The Warehouse so I decided to get it. I don’t usually read celebrity books but I find Amy Poehler funny. I only managed a few pages though because I fell asleep at the beach.

Spark Joy – Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo is famous for her other book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I remember my mum mentioning it and liking that book so I actually got this for her. Unfortunately, she also has Spark Joy so this one is mine and hopefully it will inspire me to declutter.

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Last but not the least, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck – Sarah Knight

I love the title of this book and what it’s about. For the past year or so I’ve really learnt to not give a shit about what other people think. If you don’t like the swear word, stay away from this book because there’s a lot of it.


I have quite a few books to go through already but as I’m writing this, I’m waiting for 3 more books to arrive from Book Depository. I don’t feel too guilty buying books because reading is great and it’s something I used to do a lot more. In my early teens, I couldn’t go to sleep without reading a book but over the years with university and work, I’ve slipped through and lost the habit.

Thankfully it’s not too late to start it again because there are millions of books out there.

If you’ve read the books above, please let me know if you liked them and I’m also open for book recommendations!

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