five books i'm excited to read

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Happy Monday! For the most part, I keep my book related posts limited to the 'book reports' of what I read at the end of each month. But, reading is such a big part of my daily life and there are so many exciting books on my TBR, that I wanted to do a little post about the books I'm most looking forward to reading in the near future. Let me know in the comments what's at the top of your reading list. 

"the dinner list" by rebecca serle
You know that question that's always on getting-to-know-you surveys---what people, living or dead, would you like to invite to a dinner party? This book plays off of that idea. A woman celebrating her thirtieth birthday finds that she is celebrating with those five people: her best friend, three people from her past, and Audrey Hepburn. 

"the secret to southern charm" by kristy woodson harvey
I just finished reading 'Slightly South of Simple' (which you'll hear about in my August book report), the first of the Peachtree Bluff series. This book is the sequel to that and, without giving too much away, it picks up where the first book left off: with three sisters and their mother living together in a quaint, Southern town dealing with everything life throws their way.

"impossible views of the world" by lucy ives
The art history student in me can't wait to read this novel. Stella is a curator at a prestigious art museum in Manhattan. Lots of strange things are going on in her world, then a mysterious map appears which sends her on a research mission. It isn't getting the best reviews on Goodreads, but I still want to give it a try.

"captivate" by vanessa van edwards
I've been wanting to read this one for awhile, as its pretty beneficial information for my field of work, and finally decided to go out and buy it. It's all about the 'formulas' we can use to hack human emotions and succeed socially. You learn everything from how to work a room (where to stand at the party) and how to make a good impression to reading faces and having engaging conversations with anyone.

"lessons: my path to a meaningful life" by gisele bundchen
You may or may not know, but I adore Gisele Bundchen. She's one of my idols, so I'm excited about her new book coming out this fall. It's all about the lessons she's learned to create the meaningful life she leads now, not just in the fashion industry but with regards to environmentalism, family, and inner peace.