Recommended Reading

This year I am working on getting back to basics with some good books! Here are some of the books that I am a HUGE fan of, and what I am currently reading.

Currently Reading:

So, interestingly enough, I missed the boat when this one first came out. I have, though, read her follow up (Committed, which is amazing). I am currently cracking out on this one on audiobook, my new favorite way to read because I can do it literally anywhere (okay, not in the shower, but almost anywhere). This book is so thoughtful, and her language so beautiful, that I want to crawl inside and make a home there. Gilbert is a sensational word weaver, and her observations and ways to relating her experiences are unexpected and eloquent. Also, she is the narrator on the audio version... which I have to say, is just exquisite. What in the world can possibly be better than listening to a book narrated by the person who wrote it? I am in love, and only 1/3 of the way in. 

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I am a HUGE fan of Brene Brown, and all of her work, and I am happy to be reading this book. It came out in 2017, but according to Brown, this is a stand alone and can be read outside of the progression of her other books. Anything I can ever get my hands on that serves as a guide for bravery, authenticity, and knowing the self better, is something I am ready to devour. And this book is no exception. I listened to this one on audiobook and it's narrated by Brown, who is a fantastic narrator.  Just read it. Just read it. Just read it. 

Raising Your Spirited Child is a book that changed my life, and my parenting. Being a parent to a spirited child is wonderful, exhausting, and a great learning experience. If you have a spirited child, the techniques and explanations in this book will certainly help you to better understand your child, their needs and quirks, and probably give you a better understanding of yourself in the process. This book is comprehensive, easy to read, and chocked full of amazing tools to help your family enjoy one another. 

A dystopian look at the future of the United States, this book is timely, and eerie. Well written, mysterious, and full of tension, I was completely taken in. The world created by the author feels close enough to touch. As a woman, I could easily place myself in the character's shoes, which was somewhat unnerving. It is an easy read, and not terribly long, but one of those books that should certainly be on everyone's reading list. 

From the moment I picked this up, I was unable to put it down. Based on a true story of what happened to countless children in the American South during the early 20th century, this book will give you chills. The characters were solid, the story line was well-written and the side by side telling of the modern day tale alongside the mystery of the 1920's left me with a sense of longing, heartbreak, and awe. Do yourself and favor and get lost in this book. 

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