Reading Goals for 2019: Cattle & Coffee Book Reviews


Reading is good for the soul. Or, it takes you away from reality at least. I've noticed my reading preferences have changed drastically within the past years and when I have time to pick up a book, I gravitate toward travel; I use Bill Bryson as an example nearly always. Although staying within the genre will help me as a travel writer, it might accidentally limit my creative thinking. Therefore, I'm challenging myself to rotate through four different genres in 2019 and share my book review with you each month.

The four genres will rotate as follows: travel, self-help/non-fiction, classics and fiction.

Here's the deal: I really want to read more than one book a month, but I'm only going to share one review each month. This is where YOU come in - before February, I want your feedback about which books you want me to review this year. (I will be polling the selections on Instagram, but if you comment below, I will make note of it!)

Here's the list of options and books I'd like to read, according to genre.
My "travel shelves" with all my travel books.
Travel: 
1. Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods" (sorry, I've decided it wins for the Bill Bryson selection because I'm reading his books in order)
2. Peter Jenkins' "A Walk Across America" or Bernardo-Henri Levy's "American Vertigo"
3. Paul Theroux's "The Happy Isle of Oceania" or Chuck Thompson's "Smile When You're Lying"
Self-help/non-fiction:
1. Jen Sincero's "You Are a Badass" or Charles Dunigg's "The Power of Habit"
2. Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers" or "Blink"
3. Greg McKeown's "Essentialism" or Rachel Hollis' "Girl, Wash Your Face"
Classics:
1. Mark Twain's "The Innocents Abroad" or "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
2. John Steinbeck's "Travels with Charley" or "The Winter of Our Discontent"
3. Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" or "Pride and Prejudice"
Fiction:
1. John Green's "Turtles All the Way Down" or "An Abundance of Katherines"
2. Ruth Frances Long's "The Treachery of Beautiful Things" or Chaltas' "Displacement"
3. Michael Perry's "Truck: a love story" or Tawni O'Dell's "Back Roads"

It's a lot of pages to conquer in twelve months, but I'm excited to bring this element to the blog! Time to get reading.. head over to @cattleandcoffee on Instagram to vote! The polls will be featured in my "book & planner" highlight section until February.


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