Five Books I Plan to Read This Year

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One of the New Year's Resolutions I believe everyone should make is to read more books. I believe reading is key to expanding your mind and training yourself to think deeply, and science even suggests that it's is good for your health! Reading may help fight Alzheimer's disease, decrease stress, and help you sleep better at night. With so many benefits, I want to be even more intentional this year about spending a few minutes every day reading and improving my mind. The following are five books I plan to read this year, and I hope it inspires you to put together your own list to help you read more as well!


How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

I started reading this book in college, but something about it at the time rubbed me the wrong way. #justbeingreal I'm ready to give it another shot, though, so it's definitely on my 2018 reading list!


Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Also #justbeingreal - in 2017, I read a lot of free Prime reading books on Kindle that were… mediocre at best. I wasted a lot of time on books that didn't challenge me in any way, and so this year I'm determined to read more fiction that will enrich my life. I read 1984 last month, and it was really refreshing to read a thought provoking classic. And apparently I have a thing for dystopian novels, because I really want to read this one again. I read this book in high school, but I don't remember much about it after all these years, so it's definitely on my re-read list.


The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr

I saw this book advertised somewhere online and immediately put it on my wish list. I’m super interested in this topic, it gets great reviews, and I want to be well informed about how the ways I spend my time is affecting my brain long term.


Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Just because I've followed John Green forever. I know his books are targeted at a younger audience, but they've also become super popular over the past few years and I feel like this is one I need to read to understand what the kids are reading these days. ;) Plus, I think it's an interesting concept and it gets excellent reviews.


Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

I can't believe I've never finished this book. I've read a few chapters, but somewhere along the way I abandon it, even though I absolutely love what I've read so far. Because I need to finish what I start (and because this one is a classic and I'm trying to add more classics to the list!), I'm determined to read this one this year.


What books are on your list this year? Are there any books do you think I should add to my list?
Tell me in the comments below!