Happy Wednesday, friends!
Hope the New Year has been treating you well! While our excitement about 2017 is likely to wane over the next few days, it’s my goal to keep a growth-oriented mindset throughout the year. One of the best ways to do this is through reading! It’s always exciting to spend an hour or two in the lives and thoughts of somebody else. In a world where all of us (myself included) spend a little too much time mindlessly scrolling through Instagram, a good read is a welcome break. Pull out your Kindle or, better yet, get one of these books in ~paper~ form and get reading!
Books I’m Reading Again…
- Rising Strong by Brené Brown. My last year in Nashville I had the privilege of reading through this book with some pretty fantastic ladies from my church. Not only did we explore Brené’s witty yet wise insights into vulnerability, shame, and overcoming challenges, we got to practice honesty and acceptance with each other. Even though I (sadly!) won’t be sharing this read with them, Rising Strong is a thoughtful combination of research-backed psychology and true-to-life storytelling.
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I watched one of the Harry Potter movies with my family over the holidays, and it brought back memories of middle-school me who would get up AT MIDNIGHT for the Harry Potter book releases. A midnight release for a book is a sure sign of a legacy, and I want to revisit the magic once again.
- How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. This book was on my summer reading list, and it’s one that you can (and should!) revisit time and time again. This is one of those books that you immediately see the value in, yet need a little reminding of every once in awhile.
New Books (Nonfiction)
- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. I was gifted this book by a great friend and mentor, and with good reason: I am always trying to add another hour or task to my day. Looking forward to learning a little more about the art of doing a little less.
- Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. I read The Magical Art of Tidying Up a few weeks ago, and was immediately intrigued by professional organizer Marie Kondo’s insight into our relationship with things. Read one of her books and you’ll immediately be tempted to re-examine everything you own—and this guide shows exactly how.
- The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan. I’m a foodie at heart (hello, I read food blogs in my spare time!) and so exploring our history with food sounds like a fascinating read to me. Pollan has made a name for himself in the wellness world, so I’m interested to get his take on what goes on our plate (while trying to clean up my eating a little bit, too).
New Books (Fiction & Poetry)
- Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur. People who know me will be SHOCKED that I haven’t read this yet (bada$$ women-empowered poetry? Heck yeah!) Super super excited to read this—I’ve been stalking her Instagram to hold me over.
- Snow Country by Kristin Neva. When you have friends who write books, you’ve definitely got to read them! Excited to cozy up with this read and a good cup of tea—stay tuned for a review and Q&A with the author herself!
- Ulysses by James Joyce. I’ve been working my way through some classics, and this book has been deemed one of the hardest to read by literary critics. Naturally, this means I’ve got to read it.
These are the books that made my short list! Give one of them a try, or let me know one that I’ve got to add to this list in the comments.
Happy Reading and Happy 2017!