Whatcha Reading?

As a reader and English teacher, I'm often asked what I'm reading. I am famous for ALWAYS having a stack of books next to my bed, in the living room, and even in the kitchen. And let's not even talk about what I've got going on with iBooks, Kindle, and Nook apps. I am almost never reading nothing.


So I decided it was time to just go ahead and compile a list of my FAVES so that I can give THIS out when someone asks me what I'm reading. It was either this or make a sign that I can just point to, and I'm not ready to be THAT snarky. Yet.  So without further ado, here is a list of my very favorite books TODAY.


For You:

The Kitchen House. This is a story about a young girl who is sold into indentured slavery after she makes the journey from Ireland to America in the late 1700s. What happens to her, the Captain's family, and the family of slaves who take her in keeps you turning the pages NONSTOP. Probably shouldn't read this one before bed, because you won't want to put it down.

Glory Over Everything. The follow up to Kitchen. Not quite AS GOOD, but once you get over the initial shock of the characters who join us once more in this story, the action will pick up and you won't believe what these people have to go through (or that people ever went through situations like these at all!).

Columbine. If you are of my generation, then you remember the Columbine shooting like it was yesterday. In this novel, a journalist who was there for all of it produces the stories of all of the people affected by this tragedy in narrative format, debunking some commonly held beliefs about the shooters, the victims, and the time surrounding the events that occurred. It's amazing.

The Shack. If you have ever wondered what it might be like to have a conversation with God about all of the WHYS, this book is perfect. In beautiful prose, we are transported into the lives of a family struck by tragedy, and the father's struggle to understand how his God could have let this happen.

Eat, Pray, Love. Have you ever laid on the floor of your {kitchen, bathroom, living room} and wondered how your life has become what it is? Elizabeth Gilbert did, but she picked herself up and went and traveled the world. Her experiences in Italy, India, and Indonesia will have you calling the airlines to book your trip. You'll want to eat pizza in Italy, pray with the monks in India, and ride a bike through Indonesia. You're right there with her as she figures out who she is and what this life is meant to be.

Gone Girl.  If you haven't read this book yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR. That's all I have to say about that.

For Your Soul:

Carry On, Warrior.  Embrace the messiness of life. Admit when you're wrong. Navigate motherhood. If you have ever felt like a total failure and that life is a shit show, you have to read this book. I found myself laughing until I cried and crying until I laughed at myself throughout this book. You will love it, too.

Food Rules. This is a QUICK read, and will help you to reestablish a healthy relationship with food. Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. I can do that!

Daring Greatly. Teaching. Parenting. Womanhood. Brene Brown is an amazing life coach and researcher, and her words cut across so many different paths of life. We all need to learn how to dare greatly, or else what are we doing in this world?

Live Your Truth. In this time of imitation (imitation foods, imitation music, an endless barrage of TV programming that all looks the same and stars the same personalities), we CRAVE authenticity. In this book, you can learn how to find YOUR truth, and how to live it without abandon. I can't tell you how freeing it was to realize who I am, and to talk about it openly after reading this book. I no longer have to hide in the shadows, pretend, OR apologize. Imagine that.

The 5 Second Rule. How many times have you thought of something, and then four hours later kicked yourself because you couldn't remember what the HELL it was that you wanted to do? And it was a GREAT idea, too! Dang it! Mel Robbins teaches you how to take action immediately so that you never have that feeling again. I've been using the 5 second rule for a few months now, and it has been a revelation. You can do it, too! 

These are just a FEW of the books that I suggest every single time someone asks me for a book recommendation. If you're ever looking for your next favorite read, don't hesitate to reach out to me! When it comes to reading, I've got your back

Happy Sunday!

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