While I obviously can’t recommend a book for each and every one of you for the year you were born, I thought it would be fun to look back at the 1990s (the decade I was born in!) and the 80s (just for fun!) to highlight a few books that have stood the test of time!
I compiled this post from a hybrid of Amazon bestsellers, a Goodreads list of most popular books of 2019, New York Times bestsellers, and my own Instagram browsing. It’s not at all an exact science, but more a loose guide to what’s making the rounds, topping the charts, and getting buzz around the bookish world so far this year— hope you find some gems on this list to read and enjoy!
Having a weird diet means that’s inevitable, yeah, but food is just fascinating to me and I absolutely love reading about, learning about it, cooking it, growing it, and eating it (of course). I’ve loved reading more foodie books in recent years, and thought it would be fun to include this category in A RAD Reading Challenge!
I knew it would be fun to get creative with the prompts for A RAD Reading Challenge and include “A book with a cover in your favorite color” as one of them. There are SO MANY beautiful and colorful book covers out there, but I wanted to share a rainbow of ideas to get you started.
Kid’s books are awesome. I know I’m no longer a kid, but I think I appreciate their beauty and whimsy and meaning so much more now than I did when I was younger… and I LOVED books as a kid! It was a blast to compile a bunch of my favorite children’s books and even more that I want to get my hands on soon.
Classics don’t need to be intimidating! Lauren McHugh shares her best classics recs today, and you’re bound to find at least one you’re excited to read.
Memoirs focus on one season or aspect of the author’s life, and they’re fascinating stories! Sharing a TON of memoir recommendations today — from my personal favorites to crowdsourced suggestions— to give you plenty of ideas.
Don’t be intimidated by poetry! I guarantee you can find something here that speaks to you. I’m sharing a bunch of my favorite books of poetry, as well as a list of favorite poets I crowdsourced on Instagram. Let’s start the RAD Reading Challenge strong!
I’ve long been a fan of reading challenges — they’re fun, motivating, inspiring, and great for getting me out of reading ruts and helping me discover books I never would have read otherwise. This year, I decided to whip up my own!