It has been a long time since I’ve even been able to fathom reading a book for fun, but being on spring break has really given me time to think about things other than work or school. In fact, I even stepped foot into a library yesterday (and it wasn’t to study)! So, with the hope that April will be a little bit easier on me – minus school projects and midterms, I’ve created a reading list for myself!

Books to Read - We Were Liars

4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – I first heard about this book through the blogosphere, and I’ve been hearing about it ever since. Apparently it’s wonderful? After a little research, I found that it has won quite a few awards as well. Has anyone read this book? What do you think? Does it live up to the hype? It doesn’t seem like the type of book that I would normally read, but not knowing much about it, and hearing so many good things, it has definitely peaked my interest.

Books to Read - A Complaint Free World

3. A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted by Will Bowen – On the flight home from my Florida vacation, I sat next to a girl who was reading this book, and I immediately asked about it. This book has been in the back of my mind ever since. Complaining really is a bad habit to get into, and it brings so much negativity. Will Bowen navigates what really constitutes as complaining, why it’s bad, and how to stop.

Books to Read - The Happiness Project

2. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin – I stumbled upon this book while looking through the book aisles at Target, and I was immediately drawn in by the cover and title. I’m always looking for ways to improve my life no matter how full and happy it already seems. This book gave the impression that it would help do that in a fun and entertaining way. I was unfortunately later disappointed when I read the 1 star reviews on Amazon. Even with the bad reviews,  a lot of people read it, loved it, and had their friends read it.  I guess that just means I’ll be getting it from the library and not paying for it. I’ll keep you updated on how this one goes.

Books to Read - The Longest Ride

1. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks – I can’t help being hopelessly in love with romance novels, so when I saw the preview for The Longest Ride (the movie) while in theaters for Insurgent, I knew I wanted to find time to read this book. The movie comes out April 10th, so it better be quick! That’s why this one is number one on my list.

What books do you want to read? / Have you read any good books lately? I’ve missed so many. I need all of the recommendations that I can get!


  • I’m also hoping to read We Were Liars soon. I’v heard only great things about it! I’ve read The Happiness Project, well about 3/4 of it/ I did find it a bit frustrating because from my perspective it feels as if she is/was very nitpicky about her life and I got annoyed. Also, I realized halfway through reading that my obsession with being happy was hindering my ability to let myself feel other emotions. There are definitely some good concepts though, so give it a try!

  • Coffee Beans High Heels

    they all look amazing! i might try the happiness project!

  • Ali Lowery

    Olivia, great! I’d love to hear what you think of We Were Liars if you end up reading it. I definitely want to give The Happiness Project a try… even if I do end up quitting halfway through. I think it will be worth it to settle my curiosity and see what everyone is talking about.

  • Ali Lowery

    Orly, let me know what you think if you give it a try!

  • I am reading the happiness project right now and I love it. It is so good! :)

  • Ali Lowery

    Yay! I’m so glad to hear another good review of it :)