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2018 Reading Goals

During 2017 I only managed to read 6 books. Somehow, I let life get in the way of one of the things I love the most. It’s super important to make time for the things you enjoy, so, this year I am setting myself a realistic reading goal of two books per month. I will also be writing a book review blog post at least once a month.

 

First five picks of 2018:

Here are the first five books I’ve put on my 2018 to read pile, a brief description and why I chose to read them!

‘The Chocolate Promise’ by Josephine Moon

What’s it about?

“Christmas Livingstone has ten rules for happiness, the most important of which is ‘absolutely no romantic relationships’”.

What a great first line for a blurb! Already I was hooked. It basically spells out that the rule will be broken and, I don’t know about you, but I just can’t wait to go on that journey.

Christmas Livingstone runs ‘The Chocolate Apothecary” in Tasmania, Australia, where she cooks up sweet concoctions that are not only good for you, but like medicine. In walks Lincoln van Luc, complete with gorgeous blue eyes and an adorable dog. What more needs to be said? Rules will be broken. I’m sure of it.

Why did I pick it?

I’m fully aware of the saying, ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’, but seriously, take a look at that gorgeous cover artwork. Props to Kirby Armstrong for the illustrations because I absolutely could not walk past this book at the store without picking it up. A book covered in cakes and chocolate. Who could pass that up? Then, after reading the blurb it went straight in my pile of books to buy.

 

‘Beautiful Oblivion’ by Jamie McGuire

What’s it about?

The book is centred around Camille “Cami” Camlin, a “fiercely independent” bartender, and Trenton Maddox, crushed by guilt from a tragic incident he played a part in.

“When a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever – even if Cami is the only reason his already broken family could fall apart”.

Why did I pick it?

I’ve read ‘Beautiful Disaster’ and ‘Walking Disaster’, both by Jamie McGuire and really enjoyed them. Her writing draws you in and you have to see where the book will take you. When I saw another book by Jamie McGuire, centred around a different Maddox Brother, I knew I just had to read it.

 

‘Reunion’ by Karen Kingsbury (with Gary Smalley)

What’s it about?

This is the fifth book in the Redemption Series by Karen Kingsbury. The books follow the lives of the Baxter family. Their trials and tribulations. Their successes and celebrations.

“A deadly diagnosis…

A heartbreaking secret…

A glorious celebration…”

Why did I pick it?

I’ve been drawn to Karen Kingsbury’s work ever since I started reading the Bailey Flanigan Series a few years ago (another great series I would definitely recommend). Each book of hers carries important messages and reminders of God’s everlasting grace. When reading these books, you become so close to the characters you feel as though you are part of the Baxter family. It’s a wonderful, heartbreaking, inspiring journey I would recommend to anyone.

 

‘Jilted’ by Rachael Johns

What’s it about?

Soap star Ellie Hughes returns to her hometown, Hope Junction, to care for her injured godmother. She is faced with her past and reunited with Flynn Quartermaine, who she jilted over ten years ago.

“When all is uncovered, can the ill-fated lovers overcome the wounds of their past? Or is Flynn destined to be jilted again?”

Why did I pick it?

Another Australian author added to my pile. A couple of years ago, when I received a voucher to the local bookstore of the country town I now call home, I was drawn to the Australian Romance section. Two books, both by Rachael Johns, came home with me that day. I’ve read ‘Outback Dreams’ and loved the story as well as the familiarity of the Australian landscape. I can’t wait to give another story by Rachael Johns a go.

 

‘Livvie’s Song’ by Sharlene MacLaren

What’s it about?

“An unlikely recipe for romance…”

Olivia, a widowed mother of two, runs Livvie’s Kitchen in Wabash, Indiana. Will Taylor, an ex-convict, lands a job at Livvie’s Kitchen thanks to his previous restaurant experience. Little did they know, his previous experience took place in prison. As secrets unfold, will love prevail?

Why did I pick it?

This book was given to me as a gift and is perfectly suited to my reading tastes. Oh, and did I mention it includes 8 recipes?!

 

So that’s it, guys. My first five picks of 2018. Here’s hoping I can stick to my goals and spend many hours lost in good books over the next year.

If you have any book recommendations please leave me a comment. I’m always on the hunt for my next reads!

 

Tegan xx

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