I must say the reading damage was accomplished in Hawaii … My nose was planted in a book for a decent percentage of the vacation. Give me a mojito in one hand, a novel in the other, the sound of waves rolling, and I am content for the entire day.
The best medicine or cure for the winter blues is to discover something wonderful to read. It is a way to learn something new or to escape without leaving the comforts of your bed. If you are still trying to figure out this whole “growing-up” thing or just feel a little out of sorts, then some of these titles will be perfect for your future reading list. Curl up with your warm drink and scroll through my current book list. Much Love! See you next Wednesday at the same time and same place. It’s a date!
My 2019 Reading List:
What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey
Gene Siskel asked Oprah the question “What do you know for sure?” and that sparked the book I’m reading. She said it was a question that left her stuttering and one that she didn’t have an answer for. This book is full of insights of her life and lessons she has learned. It is a question Oprah still asks herself daily. The book is divided into chapters. Here are the chapter titles: Joy, Resilience, Connection, Gratitude, Possibility, Awe, Clarity, and Power. Each chapter is a little life story, so it it best to read it almost like a devotional. If this isn’t a great way to start the new year, then I don’t know what is. I’ll leave you with the quote on the back of the book — “I know for sure: Your journey begins with a choice to get up, step out, and live fully.” — Oprah Winfrey
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
This book was a gift from my Mom. It was #1 on the New York Times Bestseller’s list. In small text under the title are powerful words that say, “Stop Believing the lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be.”
If that one line doesn’t put a fire under you! The author, Rachel Hollis, is a mentor to women and an inspirational coach. You learn lessons from her honesty and her humor. She gives you strategies to deal with tough situations. Chapter 15 is titled “The Lie: I Will Need to Get Past This.” She goes into detail about that one thing in her life that she can’t get over. The chapter ends by her stating things that helped her. It is raw and enlightening at the same time.
Whiskey In A Teacup by Reese Witherspoon
Let me start by saying I have always really liked Reese Witherspoon. “Legally Blonde” forever changed me. Bryce’s Mom gave me this wonderful book for Christmas. The photography in the book is breathtaking but it is way more than just a pretty coffee table book. Reese shares recipes, decorating ideas, how to set a table, book clubs, road trips, and so much more. She connects you to her strong southern roots and how her grandmother, Dorothea, voice guided and influenced her decisions on how to live her life. Inside the cover of the book is the dedication page, and I love what she wrote to her grandparents. She said, “Thanks to you, I’m a good friend and a good cook, and I never wear sweatpants on airplanes.”
Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi with Tahl Raz
The saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” is the premise of this book. “ Never Eat Alone and Other Secrets to Success One Relationship at a Time” is a guide to networking and not in the typical form of handshakes and business cards. The author believes the value of relationships is a direct correlation with your own success in and out of your career. He said, “Who you know determines who you are — how you feel, how you act, and what you achieve.” This isn’t a guide to outdo each other or throw people under the bus to get ahead. It is based on generosity, helping friends connect with other friends. It is about getting what you want while the people around you get what they are seeking too. Would you believe my Grandma gave me this book and she bought the hard cover book for 99 cents? Wish me luck tackling this life changing goal of mine with the guidance of a book.
Insta Style by Tezza
Tezza is one of my all time favorite influencers. Her stunning photos have graced my Instagram feed for many years. She believes in curating the life you live and helping others follow their dreams. This is a guide to the ins and outs of Instagram. It has everything from photography pointers to sponsored posts. She says, “Create, connect with others, and share the way you see the world!” Tezza shares with her readers the essential elements of Instagram and her own success. She wants you to ask questions, be curious, be embarrassed, and be remembered. That’s how she feels we grow in our art. If your don’t pick up her book, then follow her on Instagram. You will love her eye for photography and how she styles her feed. This was another Christmas gift from my Grandma. I love books and can’t have too many.
The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann
Such a short read (127 pages) but delivers such a big impact on how we serve others. Great things come in small packages. I found this little gem in my mom’s nightstand, and I’m almost finished with it. This book is about an ambitious man named Joe who wants success more than anything in life. Joe is introduced to a series of “go-givers” and how his connections with them open himself up to the power of giving. By changing his focus to others, in return he receives unexpected returns. It is an inspiring story based on the old proverb, “Give and You Shall Receive.”
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
As you all know I love the podcast “What the Eff.” Taylor and Sydney speak about this book daily, and my Mom said she saw it on Oprah many years ago. The book is about personal growth and self-improvement. Taylor and Sydney breakdown Eckhart Tolle’s thoughts and relate them to their own lives.
After this list, I’m reading When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger.
It is currently on my Mom’s nightstand. It will be mine when she is finished reading it. Let me know what you guys are reading! I love keeping a list of future must reads in my white notebook I carry in my purse.
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