101 (Audio) Books in 1001 Days

Start Date: 6/28/2017     End Date: 3/24/2020     Books Read So Far: 66

I’ve always wanted to do one of those “101 things in 1001 days” type of challenges that I have seen frequently on other blogs, but was never inspired enough to actually come up with ne idea worthy of trying. That is, until I recently confessed that my biggest shame as a writer is that I don’t read — and finally embraced a newfound love of audiobooks and podcasts.

So, in order to conquer the self-imposed myth that I don’t read and don’t have time to read, I am challenging myself to read 101 books in the next 1001 days or 33 months… which amounts to roughly 2 2/3 years so I expect to be done around my 34th birthday or so.

The books on this list will come from a variety of sources. Some I will read thanks to a movie tie-in bookclub that I co-founded, some I will read because I recently saw an article recommend it and put them on my Amazon Wish List, and most I will read because I bought the book on Kindle but am giving up on the idea of reading it that way (for now). So here goes!

1. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Cheryl Strayed
Narrated by Bernadette Dunne
This memoir by one of my favorite writers (and co-host of the Dear Sugars podcast, which I love) chronicles Cheryl’s journey to find herself again after the death of her mother and divorce from her husband in her early 20s. Wild primarily is the story of her 1100-mile solo hike that took a broken young woman and built her up again. I loved reading this book (very quickly, in fact) for my book club, and then discussing it. Watching the movie, though, didn’t quite give me the same pleasure. (Started: 6/28/2017, Finished: 6/30/2017 — via Audible)

2. Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman
Anne Helen Petersen
Narrated by author
I saw this book on a couple “must read” lists for books that came out in June 2017 and the title appealed to me instantly. This book is broken down into 10 chapters of different female celebrities and how they are each pushing the boundaries of what it means to be an “acceptable” woman—and how society often deems them each “too much” or something. The chapter on Hillary Clinton in particular was fantastic, and made me very sad for everything we have lost since the 2016 election. Still, it was a fantastic read that made me appreciate all of the brave women that have dared to be “unruly.” (Started: 7/2/2017, Finished: 7/9/2017 — via Audible)

3. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
L. Frank Baum
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
Who doesn’t know and love The Wizard of Oz movie? The book was very similar, and I was thrilled to read the original story and see some of the differences in the text. I read the unabridged version, which was less than four hours long. We covered this one in my July book club and, for once, actually talked deeply about some of the things that surprised us from the book-to-movie adaptation. (Started: 7/10/2017, Finished: 7/14/2017 — via Overdrive) 

4. Bad Feminist: Essays
Roxane Gay
narrated by Bahni Turpin
This book has been on my Must Read List for forever, and I was thrilled to find it in my library’s audiobook app after owning the Kindle version for over a year and failing to read it. This collection of essays, which spans politics, criticism, and feminism, was a fascinating read about how we view women, race, and what it means to be a feminist today. It’s definitely a must-read for any woman, man, child… Anyone. Roxane Gay has a beautiful voice and eye for detail and tells the stories that we need to hear today. Plus, ya know, who can’t relate to being a “bad feminist” for watching trashy movies but still wanting to fight for equal rights? I know I sure can. (Started: 7/16/2017, Finished: 7/23/2017 — via Overdrive)

5. The Art of Memoir
Mary Karr
Narrated by author
Mary Karr is a well-known memoir author, and her latest book is part memoir about her life as a writer and as a reader of memoirs and part instruction manual. She read the book herself, and I found her voice calm and knowledgeable. My only real complaint here is that I actually think this book would have been better had I read my physical copy of it and could take notes on the instructional part. Thankfully, I own this book in hardcover AND in Kindle, so there is time for me to reread it someday. (Started: 7/24/2017, Finished: 7/29/2017 — via Overdrive)

6. Modern Romance: An Investigation
Aziz Ansari

Narrated by author
I have been meaning to read this book for ages, and I am thrilled that I finally was able to. Aziz, a comedian, narrating his own book was a joy. Besides the little asides and jokes throughout, it was actually a very good investigation into modern dating. In particular, I was fascinated by the chapter on international dating (in which he talked about dating in Paris, Tokyo and Buenos Aires). I highly recommend this one for anyone dating in today’s world… or who is simply interested in what it’s like. (Started: 7/31/2017, Finished: 8/2/2017 — via Overdrive)

7. Me Before You
Jojo Moyes

Narrated by Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, Alex Tregear, Andrew Wincott, Owen Lindsay
I watched this movie last year, and fell in love. I had always meant to read the book, and even bought the book and its sequel on Kindle. But since I’m now doing audiobooks, I thought “reading” it via my library would be best. As predicted, the book was great. Similar to the movie, but with a lot more family drama, it’s a sweet and heartbreaking novel — my favorite kind. (Started: 8/6/2017, Finished: 8/9/2017 — via Overdrive)

8. After You
Jojo Moyes
Narrated by Anna Acton
Sequels can honestly be a hit or a miss, and this one falls squarely in the middle. To be honest, I was frequently annoyed with the things that our main character was doing and the way she was reacting. But in the end, it was a happy ending and she made the right choice, so all is good. I also appreciated the the sequel pretty much kept to one narrator, versus having mostly one but sometimes others throughout the first book. I wonder if this one will be made into a movie too? (Started: 8/9/2017, Finished: 8/11/2017 — via Overdrive)

9. Why Not Me?
Mindy Kaling

Narrated by author, Greg Daniels, B.J. Novak
I didn’t listen to a book due to a busy weekend, but I started out strong with Mindy’s second memoir. Just as with my previous book, however, I didn’t love the sequel as much as I had loved the original. Although having Mindy herself read the book was great, and she is always funny and has a surprising amount of insight, this one just didn’t have the depth or hold my interest as much as Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? had… Which I did, indeed, read back in my days of reading actual paper books. (Started: 8/14/2017, Finished: 8/14/2017 — via Overdrive)

10. The Handmaid’s Tale
Margaret Atwood

Narrated by Claire Danes
I’ve been looking forward to reading this book for a while now, basically since I heard of the Hulu series and what a huge splash it was making. Luckily, it was chosen as our book club book for August, so I had a great excuse. The narration by Claire Danes was phenomenal and reading the book was almost as thrilling as seeing the series (which I had done back in June). I’m very much looking forward to the series continuing the tale, to be honest, because the book did indeed have a jarring ending. None the less, it’s a must read for today’s world. (Started: 8/15/2017, Finished: 8/24/2017 — via Audible)

11. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Sheryl Sandberg
Narrated by Elisa Donovan
Yes, I read Lean In several years late (better late than never!) and all in one day. Between running errands and cooking lunches for the week, I had plenty of time and absolutely devoured the audiobook. Although I wish that Sheryl Sandberg herself had read this one, I thought the book was so much more than what others have described it as. I took quite a few tidbits with me for the future and am even encouraging my partner to read it soon. Can’t wait for her second book, Plan B. (Started: 8/26/2017, Finished: 8/26/2017 — via Overdrive)

12. #Girlboss 
Sophia Amoruso

Narrated by Sara Jes Austell
Right on the heels of Lean In, and because I had another day of errands to get done, I dove straight into #Girlboss. I mostly enjoyed this quasi-girlpower book by the founder and CEO of vintage clothing company Nasty Gal, but I didn’t find her advice nearly as thrilling as the previous book. She had good things to say about work and ambition, but at times I found it vapid and a bit too self-congratulatory. Her focus on not attending school and not taking out a loan to start her business were also quite unrealistic and, I am afraid, possibly sending a bad message to young girls. Overall, though, I am glad I finally read this one too. (Started: 8/27/2017, Finished: 8/28/2017 — via Overdrive)

13. The Carrie Diaries 
Candace Bushnell

Narrated by Sarah Drew
Although I was excited to read the story of Carrie Bradshaw’s final year of high school, I was a little disappointed by this book. I found her more vapid than in the show and was shocked by some of the missing details from the show and visa versa (like, in Sex and the City, there’s NO mention of Carrie’s two younger sisters or her dad and in this prequel book there’s no mention of her HS boyfriend Jeremy). Overall, though, it was a fun and easy read, which I guess is precisely what I needed after some heavier reading this summer. (Started: 8/29/2017, Finished: 9/1/2017 — via Overdrive)

14. Esperanza Rising
Pam Munoz Ryan
Narrated by Trini Alvarado
In an effort to read more Latinx stories and more young adult novels (which I love, but had fallen out of the habit of reading when I fell in love with memoir too), I began this book with excitement. The story was a bit slow and difficult for me to relate to, but it was a great look at what life was like for Mexican immigrants working in California farmlands in the 1930s. The historical novel taught me a lot (including reminding me about Mexican Repatriation), and I am excited to read more of these types of stories. (Started: 9/2/2017, Finished: 9/4/2017 — via Overdrive)

15. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Elizabeth Gilbert

Narrated by author
I’ve been a fan of Elizabeth Gilbert’s ever since I read her out-of-this-world bestseller Eat, Pray, Love, but this book about creativity and conquering your fears has been on my To Read List since it came out. I was hoping that the book would be inspiring and finally kick my butt into gear with some of my more creative projects, and it definitely was and has. Though the one thing I am finding from reading books like this (and Mary Karr’s The Art of Memoir) is that I might absorb more if I actually did read these in a regular print format. But still, it was good reading! (Started: 9/5/2017, Finished: 9/7/2017 — via Overdrive)

16. The Happiness Project
Gretchen Rubin
Narrated by author
I honestly cannot remember when I first heard of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, but I’ve been following her work for years now. The funny thing about that, though, is that I actually follow her writing online and subscribe to her podcast but have never actually read the book that started it all. Reading this one was an absolute joy and gave me lots of ideas on how to improve my own life. In fact, I pretty much decided to go straight to the sequel afterward… (Started: 9/9/2017, Finished: 9/10/2017 — via Overdrive)

17. Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday
Gretchen Rubin
Narrated by Käthe Mazur
Pretty much right after finishing The Happiness Project, I went into the sequel. This was a really weird weekend for me, though, as I was dealing with Hurricane Irma prep in my home of Fort Myers, FL. I found Happier at Home a great listen as I finished hurricane prep, but was soon distracted and couldn’t pick the book up again until I got back from a big trip a few weeks later. However, once I finally finished, I am glad I did. There were a lot of great tidbits about happiness in the home that I am going to try incorporating in my life as well… especially some things about photographs that I am psyched to try. (Started: 9/10/2017, Finished: 10/1/1017 — via Overdrive)

18. The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas
Narrated by Bahni Turpin
I have been waiting to read this book for a WHILE. Although I bought it on ebook, I never got around to it. Then when I finally decided to start reading audiobooks, I went to get this one from the library… only to be faced with a HUGE waitlist. So, after two months of waiting, here I am. This book is still #1 on the NYT bestseller list at the time of my reading, and I can absolutely see why. It’s the #BlackLivesMatter movement in a YA novel and it is phenomenal. I can’t WAIT for the movie! (Started: 9/20/2017, Finished: 9/27/2017 — via Overdrive)

19. Mean Girls: A Novel
Micol Ostow
Narrated by Susan-Kate Heaney
I am going to fully admit right now that I am extremely biased about this book: Not only am I a huge fan of the 2004 movie penned by Tina Fey but this book adaptation was also written by my former YA writing teacher, Micol Ostow. It was very, very fun and satisfying to read a book by someone I admire and know personally, and I really enjoyed this novel retelling of one of my favorite movies. It had just the right amount of details and different perspectives to add something to the movie while also honoring Tina Fey’s original vision. (Started: 10/6/2017, Finished: 10/7/2017 — via Audible)

20. Refugee
Alan Gratz
Narrated by Michael Goldstrom
I read this book in a day because it is absolutely impossible to put down and completely phenomenal. As an immigrant whose family sought political asylum, I somewhat related to this story of three refugee teens: Josef (whose family is attempting to escape Nazi Germany), Isabel (a Cuban girl—like myself—whose family is on a raft sailing to America) and Mahmoud (a Syrian boy whose homeland is torn apart by Civil War). Intriguing and heartfelt, I highly recommend this YA novel. (Started: 10/8/2017, Finished: 10/8/2017 — via Overdrive)

21. Committed
Elizabeth Gilbert
Narrated by author
It might seem strange to read a book on marriage from a woman who has now divorced the man she so lovingly talked about in this memoir, but I actually very much enjoyed it. Not only am I myself getting married soon, and thus am feeling the need to explore this topic, but I found her stories lovely. My biggest insight from the book was the fact that we have traded to have the choice to marry for love and with that comes the possibility of divorce (because, as she says in the book, love can be impermanent). When traditional Western marriages were based on family status or community or finances, it was easy for couples not to divorce because love simply didn’t factor into it. But these days, we demand more of our lives and more of our lovers (such as a true partnership), and with that must come the acceptance that things can change over time. I actually found this a refreshing, beautiful thought about holding on to love while we have it… though, hopefully, we will have it for a lifetime. (Started: 10/12/2017, Finished: 10/13/2017 — via Overdrive)

22. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
Jen Sincero
Narrated by author
I am sad to say that this is the first book on my list that I honestly didn’t love or even like very much. It’s not that there was anything necessarily wrong with it, but I was clearly not the audience for this memoir/self-help book. For one, it drives me absolutely crazy whenever anyone says to “trust in the Universe” or that “the Universe loves you” or to “have faith” and talks about that whole law of attraction thing made famous by The Secret. I’m just not into that, personally. This book talked way too much about connecting with “source energy” and the Universe, and that’s just BS advice to me. What she did get right (in my mind) is all of the advice to be proactive in your life, stop F-ing around and go after what you want. The only problem? I already do that. There’s no major thing I want to change in my life, really, and this book meant to motivate was completely filled with advice I had heard a million times before. I understand the book’s appeal to those who need to make a dramatic leap to lead the life they want… But that’s just not me. (Started: 10/14/2017, Finished: 10/17/2017 — via Overdrive)

23. The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir
by Ariel Levy

Narrated by author
I had a business trip to travel to and, luckily, this book came through on my library app just in time. It was an absolutely lovely, beautiful, heartbreaking memoir of one journalist’s unconventional life of love and loss. It was a really great read, and I very much enjoyed this one. In fact, I basically read the whole thing on my flight and then finished it when I checked into my hotel. The memoir is haunting and, as someone who hasn’t had children yet, terrifying (because the author talks about losing her son when she was five months pregnant). It’s tough to read, but also great at the same time. (Started: 10/18/2017, Finished: 10/18/2017 — via Overdrive)

24. Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Other Four-Letter Words
by Michael Ausiello
Narrated by author
In a similar turn of events, I decided that the next book I would read is this memoir that I’ve been wanting to get through since I first heard about it. Michael Ausiello is one of my favorite writer/editors who I have been following for a decade. He writes about entertainment and has worked for TVGuide, Entertainment Weekly and started TVLine. I honestly love his writing, so I was heartbroken to find out that he lost his partner to a very sudden and terminal cancer. This memoir, which was a beautiful read about their relationship and last year together, is definitely worth a read. And in case you’re wondering: Yes, I cried. (Started: 10/18/2017, Finished: 10/24/2018 — via Audible)

25. Alex & Eliza: A Love Story
by Melissa de la Cruz
Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
I read this book very quickly on the way to Los Angeles with my partner. I had actually started reading it on my Kindle earlier this year, but didn’t have time to finish it… so I thought tackling it on audiobook would be perfect. We were going to see Hamilton the musical in L.A. and, since this book is about the beginning of the love story between Alexander and Eliza Hamilton, I thought it would be a perfect read. This book by one of my favorite YA authors was absolutely fantastic. It was sweet, fairly accurate (historically) and also gave me deeper insight into what a strong-headed woman like Eliza may have been like back then. And yes, I definitely sang “Helpless” afterward. (Started: 10/25/2017, Finished: 10/26/2017 — via Overdrive)

26. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
by Roxane Gay)

Narrated by the author
On the plane ride back from L.A., I decided to finally read the latest from Roxane Gay. It’s a memoir about there body and how she and the world views it. It was definitely a very powerful read and, as someone who has lost a lot of weight, a subject very near and dear to my heart. Her struggles with why she gained weight (she was gang raped at age 12) and the subsequent invisibility and abuse she has endured due to her large/fat body (what she calls it throughout the book) is insightful. She talks openly and candidly about how others see her, how she sees herself and her past and current struggles. There’s a lot I related to, even though I am no longer “fat” or “large” and was never anywhere near her size. The thing I took away from it was to be kinder to strangers. Even more impactful, though, was what she said about fiction and life in general: It is all about the pursuit of desire… And so the ways in which she talks about hunger (both for food and for other, etherial things) was beautiful. (Started: 10/30/2017, Finished: 10/31/2017 — via Overdrive)

27. Turtles All the Way Down
by John Green
Narrated by Kate Rudd
I wasn’t fully prepared for this book, which I knew dealt with mental health issues, so I actually put off reading it for almost an entire week. However, John Green’s latest YA novel was a work of wonder. I have been a huge fan of his ever since The Fault in Our Stars made me cry over and over again, and was looking forward to his latest. This book — in which a young girl suffering from severe anxiety meets a boy, fights with her best friend, and solves a mystery — was a beautiful, heartbreaking read. It gave me a real insight into what those suffering from far worse anxiety than I have deal with every day. It’s definitely a must-read. (Started: 11/7/2017, Finished: 11/10/2017 — via Overdrive)

28. They Both Die at the End
by Adam Silvera
Narrated by Michael Crouch, Robbie Daymond, Bahni Turpin
In my effort to read more young adult novels and, in particular, Latinx literature, I came across Adam Silvera’s work on Twitter over the summer. It’s the first time I found an author this was, but I soon learned that he had this new novel coming out in September. I immediately put it on my To Read List and, finally, got ahold of it through my library. This beautiful, haunting novel was absolutely incredible. I couldn’t put it down because of the moving prose and because, honestly, I’m kind of a sucker for romantic but tragic endings. And in case you’re wondering: Yes, the title holds up. (Started: 11/12/2017, Finished: 11/13/2017 — via Overdrive)

29. Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives
by Gretchen Rubin
Narrated by author
I’ve been seriously thinking about forming new habits lately, in particular with healthier eating and exercising, so this book seemed like the perfect one to read right now. I already follow Gretchen’s podcast, though, so a lot of the information here was very familiar to me. I love her Four Tendencies framework (her latest book, but also something covered extensively in the podcast), which was initially discussed here. There were a few things that this book made me realize about my own habits and why I am having such a hard time with some of them, and that was really valuable information. It’s definitely a great read for anyone who wants to be “better than before”. (Started: 11/14/2017, Finished: 11/17/2017 — via Audible)

30. Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
by Gary Taubes
Narrated by Mike Chamberlain
I read this book largely based on the recommendation of Gretchen Rubin’s last book (she mentioned it quite a bit when talking about forming the habit of eating a low-carbohydrate habit). I enjoyed the information but found some of the conclusions that the author came to… problematic. I’ve also done some research into his books and it seems that they’re not only controversial but also that the author uses convenient studies and resources to “prove” what he is saying, but not taking anything that argues against his point into account. This is completely contradictory to how scientific studies go, and I very much had to read this book with a HUGE grain of salt because of this. Although he had good stuff to say about eating less carbs and definitely a lot less sugar and refined flour, there was no real “evidence” to show that eating tons of meat was good for us either. In the end, I basically felt like this book argued that the Western Diet is what makes us fat but it’s entirely the fault of carbohydrates… When he talked about how eating a vegetarian/vegan diet of no sugar, refined flours or starchy vegetables (meaning mostly leafy greens, nuts and pulses/beans) won’t make you lean, I had to call B.S. Have you ever met an obese vegan whose diet mainly consists of sweet potatoes, black beans and kale? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Simply saying “calories in, calories out is wrong” (as the author did many, many times) or using studies that only prove your point while ignoring other scientific evidence doesn’t paint the complete and complicated picture that is the obesity epidemic. (Started: 11/19/2017, Finished: 11/21/2017 — via Overdrive)

31. What Happened
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Narrated by author

After I saw Hillary Rodham Clinton speak in Fort Lauderdale last month, I knew I had to pick up her book ASAP. I was on the Wish List to get the book from my library for months, but it finally came through. It is quite lengthy, actually, but was a wonderful read. She talked about all that you would expect: The election, the policies she wanted to enact, the Russia investigation, her past, wondering why people hate her so much, and more. I found her to be incredibly inspirational as she talked about the state of our country and, especially, towards the end when she talked about not having any tolerance for intolerance (something I say ALL THE TIME!) and that what we really need right now is more love and kindness. I agree, Secretary Clinton, and I will forever be sad that you couldn’t take our country forward. Oh and yes, it was really hard to read this and not be completely depressed about the current state of the presidency… but we shall see. She has inspired me to get more involved, and that’s a great thing for everyone to want to do. (Started: 11/22/2017, Finished: 11/30/2017 — via Overdrive)

32. Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own
by Kate Bolick
Narrated by author
I first heard about this book when it came out in 2015 and became a bestseller. I was single at the time, and the topic intrigued me. Although I am no longer single, it’s been on my To Read List ever since and I am still fairly intrigued by the topic of making a life for yourself. However, I was somewhat disappointed by the book. The author didn’t really talk all that much about how to make a life of one’s own as much as she just talked about her own life struggling to make peace with the desire to be single (which I found interesting) and the five women writers who influenced her, each of whom was single for a significant amount of time throughout her life. It was interesting to hear about these women, most of whom I didn’t know much about, but it seemed as if writing was the only way to “make a life of one’s own” and the author seemed biased towards saying that these women’s best work was produced while they were single. While that may have been true, I found this book very much still not really answering the question of how to be single or, even, how to make your own life (whether or not you are coupled up). (Started: 12/1/2017, Finished: 12/3/2017 — via Overdrive)

33. The All-or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work
by Eli J. Finkel
Narrated by Mark Deakins
Since I am getting married in a few weeks, I decided that the next logical book to read this book on why the best marriages work. There was a really good amount of history about marriage and love in this book, and how the current marriage evolved to what it is today. Great insights, and many, many things and tidbits that I shared with my husband-to-be Adam. One of my favorite things about this book was that it was very approachable and had a lot of information to share about what it is that we want and expect out of our partners these days. Listening to this book gave me a lot of hope that the best marriages do indeed take some work but that this work (and love, of course) is definitely well worth it. (Started: 12/4/2017, Finished: 12/7/2017 — via Audible)

34. Option B
by Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant
Narrated by Elisa Donovan
I was hoping to read Sheryl Sandberg’s second book right after I finished Lean In, but it had a VERY lengthy waitlist. Well, I finally got it! Funny to go from a book about being single to a book about being married to a book about what happens when you unexpectedly lose the love of your life. But anyway… Option B is really a book about resilience and overcoming diversity. I found it to be heartfelt and heartbreaking at times (especially at the end, when she read some of the words spoken at her husband’s funeral), but mostly it was about how to get through the difficult things in life and how we can keep going—even maybe find joy again. Even though it made me sad and kind of terrified me a bit to think about going through similar things, I’m glad I read this one. (Started: 12/9/2017, Finished: 12/11/2017 — via Overdrive)

35. A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry
by Charles Dickens
Narrated by Tim Curry
I am a huge fan of Tim Curry, so I was thrilled to find him performing this audiobook version of the classic A Christmas Story. My friend and I chose this book as our December book club book and I am really thrilled to have read it. It was a fun tale and, to be honest, pretty much the way I imagined it to be. It’s a story that I was very familiar with but it was made all the better because of Tim Curry. I now definitely need to rewatch the movie before my book club, but I’m glad to have finally read a book I’ve always meant to read. Perhaps you shall see more classics on this list in the future! (Started: 12/12/2017, Finished: 12/13/2017 — via Audible)

36. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo
Narrated by Emily Woo Zeller
I never really thought I would read this book, since I am a fairly tidy person already, but it came up as a recommended title on my library’s app and I decided to give it a chance. Since this book was such a huge bestseller, I had already heard many of the tips featured here. Her emphasis on first getting rid of anything that doesn’t “spark joy” in your life is good advice, though I found it impractical when thinking about some of the things in my daily life that are necessary but don’t necessarily give me joy (such as the yoga pants I wear when I work or the special shampoo I put in my hair to keep my hair healthy). The book, overall, was helpful and gave me some new ideas for when I do spring cleaning this year. (Started: 12/13/2017, Finished: 12/14/2017 — via Overdrive)

37. How to Fall in Love with Anyone
by Mandy Len Catron
Narrated by author
After reading her essay in The New York Times, I became intrigued by this topic to the point that, eventually, Adam and I read the 36 questions that supposedly lead to love. Of course, for us, we were already in love and planning to get married — so it wasn’t such a big deal. However, I’d meant to read the memoir that spawned from the Modern Love column, and I have to say that I was absolutely NOT disappointed. In this memoir-told-through-essays, the author meditates on love and how it is presented in our culture. She made me think deeper about the Cinderella myth and how eponymous it is (seriously, everywhere!) and how pick the right person, especially if we know that there may be many potential “right” people out there. In the end, it was a lovely book about a fun topic that I too spend a lot of time thinking about (and possibly even more so just before I walk down the aisle). It made me think more about what it means to love and, more importantly, how to choose to have good love in your life. (Started: 12/14/2017, Finished: 12/16/2017 — via Overdrive)

38. American Street
by Ibi Zoboi
Narrated by Robin Miles 
I found this book based on the recommendation of others, and it is wonderful. This is a YA novel set in Detroit about a young Haitian girl who moves to the U.S. but is separated from her mother and living with new cousins. The book was beautifully written and read quite well, so I enjoyed it. The immigrant story is well done and, as Fabiola struggles to figure out her new American life, find a way to reunite with her mother, and understand what it means to pursue the American dream, I can feel her pain and her hope. I think my favorite part was some of the magical realism in the book, which is not usually something I go for. All in all, though, the new world presented in this is exciting and definitely a story many of us can relate to. (Started: 12/17/2017, Finished: 12/18/2017 — via Overdrive)

39. Reading Like a Writer
by Francine Prose
Narrated by Nanette Savard
I bought this book in paperback, but still haven’t read it (which is, as you know, the story of this audiobook challenge). Finding it on my library app, I was thrilled. The book was a really interesting examination into what we can, as writers and readers, learn from some of the great works of literature. Although she made really good points, I was turned off by the beginning of the book where she poo-poo’d feminism and acted as if the fact that white men have been in power throughout history hasn’t influenced the way literature, what we read and what we learn has developed. Despite this heinous oversight, I enjoyed this work and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking to write great novels. (Started: 12/19/2017, Finished: 12/23/2017 — via Overdrive)

40. The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family
by Dan Savage
Narrated by Paul Michael Garcia 
I absolutely LOVED this book. Although it was written quite a while ago and took place over the summer of 2004 and winter of 2005, there were a lot of relatable things here. In this book, one of my favorite writers (who has a phenomenal advice column and great podcast) talks about his family and his commitment to his partner and now-husband. There’s a lot of talk about marriage and love, what it means to be a family, how they manage other’s expectations, what marriage means to society… and, of course, gay marriage. Thankfully, the debate over gay marriage is now over, which was one of the more fun results of reading this book. I also enjoyed it because I learned a bit more about love and marriage, and even got some insight about having kids (since Dan Savage has a son who was 6-years-old during the time of this book’s narrative). It was very beautifully written, and surprisingly even made me tear up in a few parts. REALLY glad that I got to read this just before getting married myself! (Started: 12/26/2017, Finished: 12/26/2017 — via Overdrive)

41. You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth
by Jen Sincero
Narrated by author 
As with the first book, I have to admit: I was not really that impressed with this one. Here’s what I will say about it: The author is really friendly and enjoyable. The advice she gives is mostly good, I admit, though there was a bit too much pushing about “hiring a coach” (which she is now too) for my taste. However, the part that really didn’t jive with me is that she really emphasized that we all were born with unique talents that the universe wants us to nurture and pursue. Well, here’s the thing: I’m an atheist in that I don’t believe in ANY sort of divine or universal power and I certainly don’t believe that there is a “universal intelligence” that cares about what I do or don’t do with my life. This feels a bit too powerless to me and completely against the whole… empower yourself to make more money thing. Basically, it’s just way too hokey for me. I did, however, learn a few tips and tricks to changing my mindset about money and why I think the way I think. I also got excited and set some real financial goals for myself, which felt good. If you enjoyed her first book, this is a good follow up. But for me… it’s just not what I enjoy reading, I guess. (Started: 1/6/2018, Finished: 1/7/2018 — via Overdrive)

42. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
Narrated by Michael Crouch
I cannot speak highly enough of this book, honestly. I started it on a Monday and finished it on a Monday… which is inconvenient, at best, since I also had to do things like work and get back to my regular life after the holidays/honeymoon. Well, I couldn’t. This book moved me and drew me in so quickly that I ended up staying up until one in the morning in order to finish it. It’s being made into a movie called Love, Simon that is coming out in March and I cannot WAIT for that either. This tale of a young teen who is gay but not out yet is sort of like a modern YA version You’ve Got Mail… but even more charming and adorable. Seriously SO good! (Started: 1/8/2018, Finished: 1/8/2018 — via Overdrive)

43. Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing
by Jennifer Weiner
Narrated by author
I’ve always admired Jennifer Weiner for being an outspoken writer who wasn’t afraid to stand up for so-called “chick lit” and the merits of contemporary women’s fiction (and its lack of reviews and respect in the world of people who write about books and authors). I had also always meant to read some of her books and, although I was a fan of the movie version of In Her Shoes, I simply never got around to it. And then I found out she was writing a memoir and… well, as a memoir lover (and writer myself), I had to jump at the chance. And I absolutely LOVED it. This insight into her life, how she became who she is today, her early publication journey and everything else, was a truly delightful read. I’m now completely inspired to read more by her! (Started: 1/9/2018, Finished: 1/12/2018 — via Overdrive)

44. It Was Me All Along: A Memoir
by Andie Mitchell
Narrated by author
I have been meaning to read Andie Mitchell’s weight loss memoir for a while, and I am so happy to have finally done so. Her writing is beautiful and I deeply, deeply related to her craving for food (especially during her turbulent childhood years). She writes with such eloquence about calming her anxiety and the stresses of her life with food, making peace with being the “fat girl”, and eventually losing 135lbs for vanity… only to realize that she suffers from disordered eating and still needs help. I related to SO MUCH of her story. Basically, all of it really. I lost 100lbs almost nine years ago and it is still a journey. I am still dealing with some of the emotions that led me to overeat, that led to my addiction to alcohol after I could no longer be addicted to food… Truly, truly beautiful book. (Started: 1/13/2018, Finished: 1/14/2018 — via Overdrive)

45. How to Murder Your Life: A Memoir
by Cat Marnell
Narrated by author
For those that are not in-the-know about Cat Marnell, here is how I first heard of her: From a friend who was fascinated by the beauty editor’s antics on now-defunct site XO Jane. Those “antics” were pretty much her obvious and unwavering addiction to popping pills and using drugs. She was pretty open about the whole thing online and, after leaving the site in a blaze of glory, spent a few years writing her memoir. Well, I thought it would be fun to read but, in all honesty, this book was really difficult, scary, and torturous. Cat’s story of how she started her pill addiction was fairly horrifying, primarily because in the end there is no point where she realizes why she does what she does. There is absolutely no internal thought in this book about why her life became what it is… and, as a fan of memoir writing, I was extremely disappointed by this. I would recommend the book to anyone who wants to live vicariously through someone else’s insane life, but I for one am not that person. (Started: 1/16/2018, Finished: 1/18/2018 — via Overdrive)

46. Baby Proof
by Emily Giffin
Narrated by Christine Marshall
I wanted to read something light after my last book, so this chick lit novel by one of my favorite authors seemed perfect. With my wedding just three weeks behind me and thoughts of the future (yes, babies), this novel about a couple that implodes after the husband decides he wants kids and the wife definitely does not seemed perfect. It was a really fun, enjoyable read and I found myself constantly wondering how in the heck it was all going to work out for our heroine. There were some fun surprises throughout the book, and it was a really great light read that I enjoyed. Nothing too heavy, really, but sometimes you just need to be immersed in someone else’s fictional life (that’s not SUPER crazy). This book didn’t have as much relatability to me as some of Giffin’s previous novels, but I still really enjoyed living in her world. (Started: 1/19/2018, Finished: 1/20/2018 — via Overdrive)

47. Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me
by Janet Mock
Narrated by author
I really can’t speak highly enough of this second memoir by trans rights activist Janet Mock. I absolutely devoured her story, from growing up in Hawaii and her first forays into love to her move to New York City. The way she spoke of NYC really reminded me of the many reasons I wanted to move to the city, and how I also eventually did so in order to attend New York University (she got her M.A. there while I went for my Bachelor’s degree and, while our paths never crossed, we were there around the same time). She also spoke about her internship at InStyle, my first place of employment, and People, where she worked as an editor just after I was an intern. Although I am neither trans nor black, I related to so much of her story — not just our geographical similarities, but in the way that she spoke about not allowing men in and taking a long time to accept that she too is deserving of love. SO much of it resonated with me, and this moving, capturing, beautiful, revealing, and all-around wonderful memoir was an incredibly read. I am so glad to have finally gotten around to it, honestly. (Started: 1/21/2018, Finished: 1/22/2018 — via Overdrive)

48. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
by Stieg Larsson

Narrated by Simon Vance
I’ve been meaning to read this book ever since I saw the movie when it first came out, which is why we picked it for our book club book this month. I didn’t actually finish it before book club (though I got most of the way through it), but I did finish it the day after. I really enjoyed the book but, to be honest, I was also a little bit bored by it because I had seen the movie and knew what was happening. Originally, I hoped to get more out of the book than out of the movie but it didn’t fully feel that way. To be honest, I barely enjoyed this one. I think the reality is that this is definitely not the kind of novel that I would typically want to read, so it didn’t thrill me as much as I remember the movie originally thrilling me. I’m not sure I will read more of the series, though I might want to see the movies still. (Started: 1/23/2018, Finished: 1/27/2018 — via Overdrive)

49. My Fair Junkie: A Memoir of Getting Dirty and Staying Clean
by Amy Dresner
Narrated by author
I am absolutely BLOWN AWAY by this addiction memoir. It is by far better than the one I read a couple weeks ago (see above) and was an incredible ready. It’s a phenomenal book that was absolutely an enthralling combination of funny, dark and oh-so-REAL. Towards the end, she talks about wanting to get back to the “real world” and I’ve never related to anything so hard. She also talked a LOT at the end about recovering addict culture and basically had the same thoughts I always have about why it’s… kind of broken, honestly. All in all, there were so many grueling details in this and I loved it. Honestly, I could read this book again. It was just so very incredible. She has a great voice and I would highly recommend this to anyone, even if you’ve never really dealt with addiction at all and ESPECIALLY if you have. (Started: 1/28/2018, Finished: 1/31/2018 — via Overdrive)

50. Every Day
by David Levithan
Narrated by Alex McKenna
I first heard about this book by prolific YA author David Levithan when I read that the movie is coming out later in February. I put it on my To Read List and it finally came through the waitlist… and I *loved* it. This was such a fantastic read and so much more emotionally complicated than I thought. It is about a type of ethereal spirit person who wakes up in a new body every day… but then everything changes when he/she/it falls in love with a girl, and risks everything to be together. It was a beautiful and complicated love story, and I truly cannot WAIT to see it on the big screen. (Started: 1/31/2018, Finished: 2/1/2018 — via Overdrive)

51. Another Day
by David Levithan
Narrated by Kathleen McInerney
After reading Every Day, I had to immediately go into the sequel… the sort-of sequel? Really, it’s the same story but told from the perspective of Rhiannon. Hearing the story from her perspective was fascinating. The story, even though I already knew it, captured me just as much as before. And, to be honest, the sort-of cliffhanger ending had me rolling in happiness. Turns out there is an actual sequel, Someday, coming in October of this year. Now I am even more excited for the movie and even more excited to see how A’s story turns out… and whether Rhiannon will find him/her again. (Started: 2/2/2018, Finished: 2/3/2018 — via Overdrive)

52. Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
by Leah Remini
Narrated by author
My husband is really fascinated by Scientology and how bashshit crazy it is that the people in it don’t realize it’s a cult… and I’ve gotten a bit sucked into his interest. So when I saw that Leah Remini, who I know has a TV show about her leaving the “religion”, had a memoir — I knew I had to read it. This was an absolutely fascinating look at the star’s life inside of Scientology and Hollywood. Her mom actually joined the “church” early on, so Leah had been in it since she was a child. She had SO much to say and it was really, really interesting, fascinating and completely disturbing. So much worse than I imagined and already knew, but it was a good read. The fact that she was high up in the organization and had a lot to say about Tom Cruise was really interesting, too. Really, it was a great memoir and a great read for anyone interested in the topic of Scientology. (Started: 2/7/2018, Finished: 2/8/2018 — via Overdrive)

53. Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage
by Dani Shapiro

Narrated by author
I have to admit: I have never read any of Dani Shapiro’s work before, but I had always heard good things and was thrilled to find her (relatively short) memoir on marriage and memory in my library’s Overdrive app. It was a really beautiful, poignant, short tale. She reflects over her 20+ year marriage and everything that has gone on since the beginning… starting with rediscovering the journal she forgot she kept about their honeymoon. The memoir masterfully weaves in and out of time, from their courtship to their child’s early days to their current life. It was a quiet, sweet book. (Started: 2/9/2018, Finished: 2/10/2018 — via Overdrive)

54. The Wedding Date
by Jasmine Guillory
Narrated by Janina Edwards
I got this book from the library on a whim after seeing one of my friends read it on Instagram. I honestly had NO idea what I was in for but I absolutely adored this novel about an impromptu wedding date that turns into more. There was so much to enjoy about the relationship and the story of how it developed. And, I have to be honest, it’s been a while since I read a non-YA novel in which the protagonist was a woman of color. It was really interesting to delve into some of her image issues when surrounded by tall blondes (things I can definitely relate to) and how she appreciated her body with her “date.” Here’s to reading more books like this by and about WOC! (Started: 2/11/2018, Finished: 2/13/2018 — via Overdrive)

55. Getting Off: One Woman’s Journey Through Sex and Porn Addiction
by Erica Garza
Narrated by Joy Osmanski
This memoir is absolutely FANTASTIC. Wow, just… wow. I was really intrigued by the topic personally, because I love writing about sex and relationships, and after I heard Erica Garza’s interview on one of my favorite podcasts, I had to start her book (which had been in my queue since it came out). It was, well, enthralling, gripping, detailed, and an all-around fascinating read. I honestly never thought about sex and porn addiction for women and loved hearing her development. Her journey is definitely one that I could relate to, as an alcoholic and someone who suffers from anxiety, even if it’s not exactly the same. I loved this one so much, in fact, that I recommended it to my husband… and he’s not even a big reader, but he’s on it. That’s HIGH praise, people. (Started: 2/14/2018, Finished: 2/17/18 — via Overdrive)

56. All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
by Rebecca Traister
Narrated by Candace Thaxton
This book was absolutely a GREAT read. If you like books like Lean In, then this has to be next on your list. Honestly, put this one first on your list. There was an astounding amount of information in this book, from the history of single women to how they are viewed today. She goes into politics and intersectional feminism. There’s tons of information about marrying early, marrying late, not marrying at all… Having kids, not having kids, being a single mom, and so much more. It made me think deeply about my time as a single woman living in New York City in my early 20s to now being married, living in a suburb in Florida, and about to turn 32 years old. But it’s not about me, it’s about how much single women have brought to society and to our culture and the way that being single (or delaying marriage) has changed our world. Truly, truly a MUST read for everyone. (Started: 2/19/18, Finished: 2/21/2018 — via Overdrive)

57. Bossypants 
by Tina Fey
Narrated by author
I checked this book out on a whim and was SO surprised by how much I loved it. I’m a big fan of Tina’s but didn’t really connect to 30 Rock all that much. However, now I want to give the show another shot because her writing is really just truly phenomenal. Plus, hearing her life story a little bit more was really fun. And, of course, because she is a comedian, the book was absolutely hysterical. It’s always really interesting to hear your favorite celeb talk about how they really got to where they got and a bit about their life. I enjoyed this one for sure. (Started: 2/22/2018, Finished: 2/23/2018— via Overdrive)

58. Startup
by Doree Shafrir
Narrated by Eliana Marianes
I picked up this book on a random recommendation, and was surprised by how good it was. I honestly don’t really know much about the world of start-ups (except for what I have seen on the HBO show Silicon Valley), so this was a fun read into that world… except in NYC. It’s an interesting take into work, with drama surrounding sexual harassment, journalism ethics, and so much more. I enjoyed living in the world of men in tech and women trying to make their way. One of the side stories was of a marriage on the rocks, and that was fascinating too, especially because the couple worked at companies that were sort of in opposition against each other. (Started: 2/25/2018, Finished: 2/26/2018 — via Overdrive)

59. Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children
by Sara Zaske
Narrated by author
I received a copy of this book for review but, me being me, I decided I wanted to read it in audiobook — so here we are. This book was an absolutely fascinating look into the differences between German and American parents. I’ve never read one of these books before (though I know there’s a bunch), but it was really, really interesting and I learned a lot. To be honest, it mostly made me want to move to Germany before I have kids. There’s a lot of really great information in this book that’s basically against American helicopter parenting. Plus, it’s backed up with tons of research and makes a great case for how we can raise self-reliant children and why that’s so important. (Started: 2/26/18, Finished: 2/28/2016 — via Overdrive)

60. Still Me
by Jojo Moyes
Narrated by Anna Acton

This follow-up to Jojo Moyes’ previous two novels, Me Before You & Me After You, was a delight. I very much wanted to read more of Louisa Clarke’s story and was not disappointed… mostly. Her tale of finding a new life for herself in New York and her usual misadventures in figuring it all out was a bit predictable but still very much enjoyable. There were parts of the novel that I think we could have done without (like the pre-Christmas scene with her boyfriend Sam) but other parts that were great (her surprising bond with the old lady at the end). It was a fun venture into that world, though I doubt this sequel will be made into a movie. But one always dream, right? (Started: 2/28/18, Finished: 3/2/2018 — via Overdrive)

61. The War Of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle
by Steven Pressfield

Narrated by George Guidall
I’ve been struggling lately with working on my memoir and a few writer friends recommended I read this book. I actually bought it ages ago and finally got around to reading it… but, honestly, was underwhelmed. There were a few helpful tidbits, in particular the differences between professionals and amateurs, but other than that, I didn’t find this book particularly inspiring. There was especially a lot at the end about calling to the muses and how the Almighty blessed you to be a creative soul and I just don’t relate to that stuff. I was honestly disappointed that this book didn’t help me much, though, because I really want a kick in the @$$ to deal with my resistance issues. It probably helps some people but, oh well, that’s just not me. (Started: 3/3/18, Finished: 3/4/2018 — via Audible)

62. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert
by John Gottman PhD
Narrated by Nan Silver
This was an absolutely incredible book about one and marriage. Honestly, I am really glad that I read this one (and so did my husband) because we both learned quite a bit in this one. Probably my only complaint would be that it’s hard to do the exercises at the end of every chapter when you read it on audiobook… But that can be easily fixed, right? Otherwise, there were a lot of really good tidbits — some of which made me see a lot of the good parts of my marriage and some of which made me understand that there’s always something to work on. I think that I am much better equipped now to have some tougher discussions and figure some stuff out, thanks to this book. The principles he talks about are definitely worth exploring for any couple, and I am excited for my husband and I to tackle some of the exercises down the line. There is absolutely a lot to learn as a couple for any kind of marriage at any stage of your life. Definitely, positively a must-read for anyone who’s married. (Started: 3/5/18, Finished: 3/9/2018 — via Overdrive)

63. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
by Erika L. Sánchez
Narrated by Kyla Garcia
This book has been on my To Read List since I heard about the New York Times bestseller… and it was very, very worth the wait. The story was beautiful and absolutely enthralling. I really enjoyed living in Julia’s Mexican-American world, in Chicago, in her internal monologue as she struggles to overcome the sadness of her sister’s death and the depression and anxiety living within her. I very much related to her story in many ways, in particular a lot of the anxiety she experienced about not being the perfect daughter. I think that’s very prevalent for those of us who are children of immigrants and this beautiful book definitely nailed that experience. (Started: 3/9/2018, Finished: 3/11/2018 — via Overdrive)

64. Allegedly
by Tiffany D. Jackson
Narrated by Bhani Turpin
This book was a terrifying, suspenseful, beautiful, poignant read that made me think… a lot. I’m still not absolutely sure how I feel about the ending, but the story was really intriguing. It’s about Mary, who allegedly killed a baby when she was just 9 years old and has been in “baby jail” and then a group home ever since. Not only did this made me question the injustices of our incarceration system (the protagonist is black, the baby she allegedly killed is white, and it’s pointed out more than once that if this wasn’t the case… perhaps she would have gotten a much less harsh punishment) but also who lies and how they lie and what those lies reveal about us. (Started: 3/12/2018, Finished: 3/12/2018 — via Overdrive)

65. The Power of When: Discover Your Chronotype – and the Best Time to Eat Lunch, Ask for a Raise, Have Sex, Write a Novel, Take Your Meds, and More
by Michael Breus

Narrated by author
Recently, I tried to go to wake up at 6am (which was not so successful) but it led me to an exploration into what sleep/wake times are best for my body type, and I found this book. Reading it was like opening my eyes for the very first time to the fact that I am not, in fact, a night owl and that I can’t really become a morning lark either. According to Dr. Breus, I am a “bear” (one of four categories that he puts people into). This book featured not only great information about my chronotype, but a breakdown of what times it would be best for me to go to sleep, wake up, do productive work, do creative work, play team sports, have sex, eat meals… and so much more. It was an absolutely fascinating read that I definitely related to. There were so many things that I realized about myself, about why I feel most energetic after lunch or why I go to bed at a certain time. It’s seriously a great read for anyone who wants to work with their internal clock to do what’s best for them — and in my opinion, that should be everyone. (Started: 3/13/18, Finished: 3/15/2018 — via Overdrive)

66. A Wrinkle In Time
by Madeleine L’engle
Narrated by Hope Davis
With the movie out, I have been meaning to read this book for a few weeks but had to wait for my library to get it. Well, I have to admit, I wasn’t as impressed as I thought I would be. Perhaps I just don’t totally get it but I think I just have a hard time relating to a third person narrator. I am so used to reading first-person novels or memoirs that I really had a hard time connecting to this story because it wasn’t told in the format that I usually prefer. Even the non-fiction books that I read lately have some first-person element to it… Still, the story was interesting and I am still very into seeing the movie version of this. Especially cause, you know, Oprah. (Started: 3/15/2018, Finished: 3/16/2018 — via Overdrive)

67. The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir
by Maude Julien

Narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers
Currently in progress.
(Started: 3/21/2018, Finished: TBD — via Overdrive)

68. Call Me by Your Name
by Maude Julien
Narrated by Elisabeth Rodgers
Currently in progress.
(Started: 3/21/2018, Finished: TBD — via Overdrive)

69. How to Be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents About Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage
by Jo Piazza
Narrated by author
Coming soon!
(Started: TBD, Finished: TBD — via Audible)

101. Alexander Hamilton
by Ron Chernow
Narrated by Scott Brick
Coming eventually…
(Started: TBD, Finished: TBD — via Audible)

To Read List (in no particular order):

  1. In the Country We Love: My Family Divided* (Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford) — via Audible
  2. Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic & the Domestic* (Esther Perel) — via Audible
  3. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking* (Susan Cain) — via Audible
  4. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood* (Trevor Noah) — via Audible
  5. Pride and Prejudice* (Jane Austen) — via Audible
  6. Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts* (Ryan Holiday) — via Audible
  7. The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity* (Esther Perel) — via Audible
  8. The Four Tendencies (Gretchen Rubin)
  9. This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science of a Human Obsession* (Daniel J. Levitin) — via Audible
  10. Hi, Anxiety: Life with a Bad Case of Nerves* (Kat Kinsman) — via Audible
  11. The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood* (Belle Boggs) — via Audible
  12. Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions* (Russell Brand) — via Audible
  13. Anna Karenina* (Leo Tolstoy) — via Audible
  14. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman* (Lindy West) — via Audible
  15. Drinking: A Love Story* (Caroline Knapp) — via Audible
  16. The Rough Patch: Marriage and the Art of Living Together* (Daphne de Marneffe, PhD) — via Audible
  17. The Three Marriages: Reimagining Work, Self and Relationship(David Whyte) — via Audible
  18. Hardcore Self Help: F**K Anxiety* (Robert Duff, PhD) — via Audible
  19. I Will Teach You to Be Rich* (Ramit Sethi) — via Audible
  20. Smart Couples Finish Rich: 9 Steps to Creating a Rich Future for You and Your Partner* (David Bach) — via Audible
  21. Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence* (Joe Dominguez, Vicki Robin) — via Audible
  22. The Spender’s Guide to Debt-Free Living: How a Spending Fast Helped Me Get from Broke to Badass in Record Time (Anna Newell Jones) — via Audible
  23. Fire and Fury: Side the Trump White House* (Michael Wolff) — via Overdrive
  24. Everything Here Is Beautiful* (Mira T. Lee) — via Overdrive
  25. 10% Happier:How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works* (Dan Harris)
  26. The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do* (Sarah Knight) — via Overdrive
  27. Why We Sleep* (Matthew Walker) — via Overdrive
  28. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry* (Neil DeGrasse Tyson) — via Overdrive
  29. Love & War: An Alex & Eliza Story* (Melissa de la Cruz) — via Overdrive
  30. Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness* (Richard T. Thaler) — via Overdrive
  31. Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book* (Dan Harris) — via Overdrive
  32. Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen* (Donald Miller) — via Overdrive
  33. Running With Scissors: A Memoir (Augusten Burroughs)
  34. Dry: A Memoir (Augusten Burroughs)
  35. Lust & Wonder: A Memoir (Augusten Burroughs)
  36. Lit: A Memoir (Mary Karr)
  37. Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty)
  38. Everything, Everything (Nicola Yoon)
  39. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (Michael Pollan)
  40. Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction (Elizabeth Vargas)
  41. Where She Went (Gayle Forman)
  42. Heartburn (Nora Ephron)
  43. Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness (Susannah Cahalan)
  44. Eligible (Curtis Sittenfeld)
  45. Such a Pretty Fat: One Narcissist’s Quest To Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, Or Why Pie is Not The Answer (Jen Lancaster)
  46. The Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person (Shonda Rhimes)
  47. How to Win Friends and Influence People (Dale Carnegie)
  48. The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)
  49. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz)
  50. Luckiest Girl Alive (Jessica Knoll)
  51. The Sun is Also a Star (Nicola Yoon)
  52. Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things (Jenny Lawson)
  53. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir (Jenny Lawson)
  54. The Girls (Emma Cline)
  55. Everything You Want Me To Be: A Novel (Mindy Mjia) 
  56. Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life (Glennon Doyle Melton)
  57. Love Warrior (Glennon Doyle Melton)
  58. The Nest (Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney)
  59. Healthy Brain, Happy Life: A Personal Program to Activate Your Brain and Do Everything Better (Wendy Suzuki)
  60. The Alchemist (Paul Coelho)
  61. Sweetbitter (Stephanie Danler)
  62. Once Upon a Quinceañera (Julia Alvarez)
  63. Shadowshaper (Daniel José Older)
  64. The Glass Castle: A Memoir (Jeannette Walls)
  65. The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins)
  66. Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (Piper Kerman)
  67. Gabi, a Girl in Pieces (Isabel Quintero)
  68. Rising Strong (Brené Brown)
  69. Daring Greatly (Brené Brown)
  70. The Art of Asking (Amanda Palmer)
  71. The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
  72. On Writing (Stephen King)
  73. Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson)
  74. Writing Down the Bones (Natalie Goldberg)
  75. Long Way Down (Jason Reynolds)
  76. The Year of Magical Thinking (Joan Didion)
  77. The Immortal Life of Henriette Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)
  78. Dear Martin (Nic Stone)
  79. Behold the Dreamers (Imbolo Mbue)
  80. Little Fires Everywhere (Celeste Ng)
  81. We Are Okay (Nina LaCour)
  82. Homegoing (Yah Gyasi)
  83. My Not So Perfect Life (Sophie Kinsella)
  84. The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body (Cameron Diaz)
  85. The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time (Cameron Diaz)
  86. 32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line (Eric Ripert)
  87. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (Anthony Bourdain)
  88. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die (Chip Heath)
  89. Dataclysm:Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking) (Christian Rudder)
  90. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Truman Capote)
  91. Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen)
  92. Cinder (Marissa Meyer)
  93. Scarlet (Marissa Meyer)
  94. Cress (Marissa Meyer)
  95. Fairest (Marissa Meyer)
  96. Winter (Marissa Meyer)
  97. Stars Above (Marissa Meyer)
  98. Heartless (Marissa Meyer)
  99. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar (Cheryl Strayed)
  100. Torch (Cheryl Strayed)
  101. The Great American Whatever (Tim Federle)
  102. Blood, Bones & Butter (Gabrielle Hamilton)
  103. When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)
  104. The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying (Nina Riggs)
  105. Everless (Sara Holland)
  106. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World (Adam Grant)
  107. Good in Bed (Jennifer Weiner)
  108. In Her Shoes (Jennifer Weiner)
  109. This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude & More. For Young and Old Alike (Augusten Borroughs)
  110. What I Told My Daughter (Edited by Nina Tassler)
  111. My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind (Scott Stossel)
  112. Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety (Daniel Smith) 
  113. Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us (Michael Moss)
  114. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration (Ed Catmull)
  115. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (Anne Rice)
  116. Beauty’s Punishment (Anne Rice)
  117. Beauty’s Release (Anne Rice)
  118. Moody Bitches: The Truth About The Drugs You’re Taking, The Sex You’re Not Having, The Sleep You’re Missing and What’s Really Making You Feel (Judy Holland)
  119. Undress Me in the Temple of Heaven (Susan Jane Gilman) 
  120. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (Taylor Jenkins Reid)
  121. Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy (Carlos Eire)
  122. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (Ashlee Vance)
  123. Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine (Mike Michalowicz)
  124. Get Your Sh*T Together: How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need to Do and Start Doing What You Need to Do (Sarah Knight)
  125. The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee (Sarah Silverman)
  126. Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting (Pamela Druckerman)
  127. This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage (Ann Patchett)
  128. Word by Word (Anne Lamott)
  129. Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir (Amy Tan)
  130. Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence (Rick Hanson, PhD)
  131. I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Malala Yousafzai)
  132. Educated: A Memoir (Tara Westover)
  133. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life (Mark Manson)
  134. Friendfluence: The Surprising Ways Friends Make Us Who We Are (Carlin Flora)
  135. The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living (Meik Wiking)

* Already purchased, pre-ordered, or reserved at my library. The rest are probably on my Wish List through the library’s app, Overdrive.