New Year, New Books

I want to say thank you so much to everyone who commented on Wednesday’s post! Everybody had such helpful and thoughtful things to say, and I actually didn’t anticipate how nice it would feel to hear that other people have the same goal/thoughts on their minds. I really appreciate everyone’s comments and suggestions-you guys are awesome 🙂

Anyway, besides saving, another one of my goals for 2014 (well, for always, really) is to watch less mindless TV, and read more! Here are a few that I’m looking forward to diving into in the new year:

The People in the Trees: This one sounds kind of weird, but like it might be good. A scientist discovers a place where people may have achieved immortality, but ethical questions are raised in terms of how this is happening. I like books that raise moral quandaries, so this might be a thought-provoking read (I hope!).

The Interestings: This is about a group of friends who grow up and kind of how their lives turn out. I’ve heard a lot about Meg Wolitzer but this would be my first time reading anything she’s written, so I’m excited to see how I like her writing!

Longbourn: My sister got this for my Mom for Christmas, and she’s raving about it already. It’s a take on Pride and Prejudice, but from the servant’s point of view-very Downton Abbey (which I actually don’t watch, but I think I’m going to like this anyway!).

Mastering the Art of French Eating: Just started this one. I’m pretty much obsessed with books about France and food-I’ve read Elizabeth Bard’s Lunch in Paris, Julia Child’s My Life in France, David Lebovitz’s The Sweet Life in Paris, and Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence, to name a few (oh also French Women Don’t Get Fat – hah) …so I know I’m going to enjoy this! It must be because I have a fantasy of just moving to Paris and trying macarons and cappucino at every charming cafe in the city…I’m sure I’m not the only one harboring this fantasy, right? 😉

By the way, are any of you on Goodreads? If so, let’s be friends! I love to get new suggestions and see what others are reading. 


  1. Betsy says: January 3, 2014

    You should check out Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas. I think you'd like it if you're obsessed with other books about Paris.

  2. Katie says: January 3, 2014

    I'm adding you on Goodreads! I always love to see what other people are reading. Longbourn sounds great; it will be going on my to-read pile.

  3. Tiffany Leigh says: January 3, 2014

    Loving all your picks! My boyfriend and I are currently making our way through a list of '100 best books ever written'. Going to take us awhile I think. xo

  4. Jess Boyd says: January 3, 2014

    I can't wait to add these to my list for 2014 too! This was also one of my goals because I watch A LOT of television and I'd rather find a more constructive and thoughtful relaxing hobby. Mastering the art of French Eating looks right up my alley 🙂

  5. Rachel {Love This Life} says: January 3, 2014

    I have never heard of Goodreads until now, but I'm signing up and adding you! A few of my all time favorite books: The Poisonwood Bible (so sweet and amazing), Special Topics in Calamity Physics (not about physics and a little weird, but the end is crazy), and Gone Girl. I love reading and definitely don't do it enough!

  6. Liz says: January 3, 2014

    I'm on Goodreads but I've never used it to connect with others, just keep track of what I've read/want to read. I'll have to figure that part out! I just finished The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt- AMAZING! Like one of the best books I've ever read amazing. Definitely recommend. The Interestings is on my list!

  7. Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache says: January 3, 2014

    I'm obsessed with mindless TV. I watch HGTV like it's going out of style, which makes house hunting really funny because I'm always like "you can move that wall, punch it out, add a bath and you're done" and my husband looks at me like I'm nutso!

  8. Dana says: January 3, 2014

    I love seeing what others are reading – I definitely need to hop on the Goodreads bandwagon soon! I just finished The Goldfinch, which was amazing!

  9. Bhreagh says: January 3, 2014

    I want to read The People in the Trees so bad! It sounds so interesting.
    Great post 🙂

  10. Holly Kvinge says: January 3, 2014

    Totally on Goodreads! (Just added you) my goal is a book a week this year… We'll see if I can keep it up!

  11. Jackie-York Avenue says: January 5, 2014

    Yes, that has been on my Amazon wish list forever! I can't wait to read it. Thank you for the recommendation!

  12. Jackie-York Avenue says: January 5, 2014

    Thanks Katie!

  13. Jackie-York Avenue says: January 5, 2014

    I always thought that might be fun to do! There are so many classics that I haven't read that I'm sure are on the list, so that's a great idea. Let me know how it goes!

  14. Jackie-York Avenue says: January 5, 2014

    I'm about halfway through it now and it's so good! A very relaxing and easy read. Let me know if you try it out 🙂

  15. Jackie-York Avenue says: January 5, 2014

    Thank you so much for the recommendations-I've had The Poisonwood Bible on my to-read list for a long time, I've heard it's amazing. Barbara Kingsolver is such a great writer. I loved Gone Girl too!

  16. Jackie-York Avenue says: January 5, 2014

    Wow, I need to read The Goldfinch! I was a little intimidated by the massive size of it but people keep saying how great it is. I loved The Secret History so Donna Tartt is obviously a great writer. Adding it to my to-read list, thank you!!

  17. Jackie-York Avenue says: January 5, 2014

    Haha, that's funny. That just reminded me of this, you might like it:

    I just watched Love It or List It for the first time at my parent's house over the break and my Mom and I were cracking up at the crazy family…definitely a new guilty pleasure!

    1. Rebecca Spencer says: January 6, 2014

      lol yes that's exactly how it is! My dad was so irritated by "Property Brothers"; it's the same show over and over he'd keep saying. We're really into Rehab Addicts because our house is turn of the century too and it's fun watching what you can do with old homes.

  18. Jackie-York Avenue says: January 5, 2014

    You're like the fifth person I've heard rave about The Goldfinch! I totally need to read it, thanks!

  19. Jackie-York Avenue says: January 5, 2014

    Thanks Breagh! I'll try to post about it when I get to read it 🙂

  20. Jackie-York Avenue says: January 5, 2014

    Wow a book a week? That is super impressive and a great goal! Glad we are friends on Goodreads now because I'm sure I'll be getting a lot of recommendations from you!

  21. Kellyinthecity says: January 6, 2014

    Just read your New Year's resolution post and LOVED it! Such a good goal. Totally agree that posting about the items often times seem to make you feel better about not actually purchasing them. And makes you consider the purchase before actually making it. Love the idea of one item per month, too!


  22. sandra says: April 23, 2014

    Hi Jackie! I recomend you The ingredients of love by Nicolas Barreau. I love books about romance, food and italy so i usually read all of Nicky Pellegrino, Sveva Casatti Modignani and Anthony Cappella. I've read Kitchen chinese by Ann Mah and i liked it very much because it was romance, food but in a completely different scenario and with completely different ingredients. So I definetely want to read the Mastering the art of french eating. xo Sandra.

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: April 26, 2014

      Thank you so much Sandra! I love to get new recommendations 🙂

  23. Emma says: May 16, 2017

    Amazing outfit! Love the color combo!

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