I’m way behind on cataloguing my 52 book venture, mostly because my eyes are so freakin tired from reading SO MANY BOOKS. So many books, guys. So many. I have stayed on track with my goal, though, so I guess my eyes can rest in January.
Despite having tired eyes, I read some amazing books this Summer. A few of them have become of my favorites of all time. Keep reading to see what I read, including a murder mystery that kept me up at night…
20. Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton
Glennon’s second memoir stopped me in my tracks. I became enthralled by her experience and storytelling. After she discovered her husband’s infidelity, she attempts to reconcile her own truth and identity amongst the turmoil. There were so many truth bombs dropped in this book, I could hardly keep up. So, so, so good.
21. You’ll Grow Out Of It by Jessi Klein
Don’t read this book unless you want to pee your pants laughing. Klein is a writer for Inside Amy Schumer (so don’t say you weren’t warned about the language and content). It is so crude and inappropriate and absolutely hilarious.
22. Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
I have followed Shauna’s career since college and her early books were large influencers of my early twenties. Shauna wrote her latest book, which has been sitting comfortably on the NYT Best Sellers List, when she wanted to simplify her life. I’ve noticed a movement toward simplicity and slowness, particularly in families, and I’m digging it.
23. The Girls by Emma Cline
A gripping novel loosely based on the Manson murders. I couldn’t put this one down. It’s freaky, but really good. Read with all the lights on.
24. Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel
This book will be on my bedside for at least a decade. It has completely changed the way I view parenting and given me so much confidence as Marlow grows. Siegel explains how a child’s brain works and explains key strategies that aid healthy brain development. Healthy brain development = emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy and happy children.
25. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
A series of letters written by a man to his son, attempting to answer some of the most complex questions surrounding race in our country. I found it poignant and deeply moving, and gained a greater understanding of what it means to be black in America.
26. In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney
As an avid reader of Design Sponge, I always get excited to see Grace’s next move. Her newest book, though, is next level. This would be a perfect gift to any woman you know who has dreams of a creative career. It’s full of wisdom and advice from women who have forged their own path and created beautiful things to share with the world.
Have you read anything good lately? I need some great books to read this winter!
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