Winter Books Galore Reading List

In the last month, I have been on a reading kick because reading out on the water, in the hammock, or just laying on the bow is one of my favorite places to be. Reading is cozy and gets you in that homey winter mood. There is nothing like watching those crisp winter clouds come in over the water and getting lost in a story!

I wanted to share a few of the books I have read and what I thought in case you are looking for some new reads!

Becoming by Michelle Obamamichelle-obama-1129160_1920.jpg

This was one of my favorite books that I have ever read. Take out politics or parties, she is an amazing woman with a powerful voice. She breaks it down into three sections: Becoming me, Becoming Us, and Becoming more. She looks over her upbringing in the South side of Chicago, meeting Barack, and building up the legacy that her and her family have. She is honest about being a working mother and working to find her passion and her purpose in life. I love her honesty and her realness. This is not a political book and she doesn’t say much about Trump. This is just a great book about a powerhouse woman.

A day in December by Josie Silver

A Day in December

If you are looking for more of a cheesy romantic sort of easy read, then this is your book. This book covers the idea of fate, friendship, loyalty, and being honest with what you want and who you are. I enjoyed it, but definitely not a lot of depth. Easy read!

Waiting at Hayden’s by Riley Costello

Waiting at Hayden's by Riley Costello

This book was a lot of fun to me! This is another love story type of book where fate leaves them having to hope for the best and where we seeing that sometimes, timing is everything. What is cool is Riley, the author, created videos that you can watch on her website throughout the book to give a visual to the story along the way. You can also shop all of the clothes if you would like. Great, easy to read story that makes you smile.

All we Ever Wanted by Emily Griffin

All We Ever Wanted

This book was really interesting to me. It discusses something that I think about often, which is how our social media presences will be held for or against us in the future. We have seen many people get in trouble in the public eye due to something that they said as a kid or years ago. I often wonder how that will effect what we say and do and how we process that what we do on the internet matters. This book is about a young girl who is stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time. Photos are taken and of course others share it. You are taken along on a ride of the consequences of this. I loved following along in the father’s passion to protect his daughter.

Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

Dare to Lead

Oh Brene Brown, you have done it again. You can’t read one of her books without reflecting deeply on how you see yourself, the world, and your own vulnerability. This book replay shook me up. I loved thinking through everywhere I am a leader as I read this and worked to apply her thoughts. I am leader at home, at work, to my students, to my friends, and in so many places. If you’re looking for a reflective book, I recommend starting here. I read this in one sitting!

This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel

This is How it Always Is

I started reading this book because I saw it on Reese Witherspoon’s book club list. I did not know what it was about at all and thought the cover looked interesting. It ends up being about a family who has a child that doesn’t identify with his sex. Instead he loves wearing skirts and dresses and slowly asks to be called she. As the story progresses, you begin to feel for her, the parents, the siblings, the community as you understand their hearts and their experience. I don’t have this experience at all, but it gave me grace, compassion, and an understanding of the complexities of this. I really enjoyed the book and it pushed me.

Gap Creek by Robert Morgan

Gap Creek

I did not feel like this book would be very good looking at the cover. (I know I know, don’t judge a book by a cover). I was actually impressed. This book was about a marriage in the old pioneer days. It talked about the complexities of this life, of childbirth at home, of being alone, of poverty and so much more. I felt like it just showed love in a new life and I enjoyed being taken along for the ups and downs of this story.

Larger then Life by Jodi Picoult

Larger Than Life

This is a very quick read and it is a lot deeper then it sounds if you are looking for it. It talks about a girl researcher who studies Elephants in the wild and their connection to the mother in the elephant herd. It parallels back and forth to the complexities of her relationship with her own mother. Great read and great author. I read Small Great Things last year by her!

It’s Not Supposed to be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst

It's Not Supposed to Be This Way

This was a really good book. She walks the complexities of when life just feels hard. What makes this book so good is she is in the thick of it as she is writing. She has just found out that her husband had an affair on her and she is writing this as she processes. It is so good and powerful and just makes you take a deep breath and stop worrying.

Let me know if you have any new books! I thought I would share some goodies

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