My Favorite Books from the Past Year

In my last post I wrote out some of my summer goals and one of those was to read more.  I had a ton of friends tell me that they’ve also been wanting to get back into reading but got stuck when it came to actually discovering good books to read.  Let me tell you, the process of finding a good book that draws you in takes time but once you find that book, there’s nothing better.

Hopefully to help you guys out a little bit, I complied a list of my favorite books I’ve read this past year.  They definitely come from a (bizarrely) wide range of genres but I truly believe there’s a book for everyone on this list!


Quiet by Susan Cain

To all my fellow introverts out there, this book is an absolute must-read.  I have struggled with accepting and being happy with my introverted personality all my life but this book played a huge role in changing my perception of being introverted.  This book is shaped around the notion that today’s society dramatically undervalues introverts.  From cultural analysis to stories of real life introverted leaders, this book will change your entire perspective on the value of introverts.


The Symbolic Uses of Politics by Murray Edelman

I know seeing the word “politics” makes a lot of people squirm but trust me, this book is sooooo good.  I read this book in one of my political science classes last quarter and it changed the way I view the entire political sphere.  Diving into culture, symbolism, community, human identity, and forms of communication, this book is not the traditional political textbook. Even if you’re not into politics, this book will give you a new perspective on the meaning of politics that every individual should understand.



The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey

Anything Oprah writes is amazing and this is no exception.  Now that I’m half way done with college, the reality of the “real world” looms closer and I’ve been struggling with finding the path that I’m meant to be on for my future.  I went searching for books that could help me work through the process of finding my purpose and this book was such a huge comfort for me.  The words, advice, and lessons shared in this book truly changed my outlook on my future and I recommend it to anyone grappling with the search for your purpose.  Tip: I’m not a huge fan of audiobooks but I bought this book with the free one-month trial on Audible and it was nice to have the book read in Oprah’s voice with inserted interviews of people she included in the book itself.


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

When I first read Jane Eyre in high school, the pressure of deadlines and analysis took away from my enjoyment of the book (which I feel like a lot of people can relate to).  Once I reread it, that completely changed.  It’s a lengthy read but being able to fully immerse myself into the plot allowed me to connect with the characters and the story itself.  This is a book that I consider to be one of my favorites and that I find myself rereading over and over again.


The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

I’m usually the person who always tries to read the book before seeing the movie or watching the show but in this case it was actually the opposite.  I absolutely love the Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu so I figured it was time that I read the actual book and I’m so happy I did.  Not only does the plot hook you in but the writing is so detailed it makes you feel as if you’re in the story.  I would put it in the category of dystopian fiction but it’s eerie in the sense that the events that take place are not so far off from what we can imagine in today’s society.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. zaralouki says:

    As an introverted, I found the first book very interesting. Thank you for sharing ❤


    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      I’m so glad to hear you found it interesting! I definitely recommend 🙂


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