Hey y’all! This post is going to be a little bit outside of the scope of what I usually share with you but I am really trying to get outside of my comfort zone. I want to share my summer reading list. One of my goals at the beginning of this year was to read more books that had meaning, not just my usual “beach reads.” Well somehow, this year snuck right by me, as they usually do and now it’s May and I have read about 2.5 books all year. Oy vey. So, it’s been long overdue that I make good on this resolution and pick up a really good book! Today I joined Reese Witherspoon’s book club Hello Sunshine to help me find books that will help me do just that. I love that her book club chooses books that are “centered around a complex woman and her unique story” because let’s face it, every woman loves a book with a strong female lead. It’s also Reese Witherspoon’s book club and in my world, she can do no wrong, it was an easy choice.
So, below I’ve shared those five books with you. Each of them handpicked by me (and some by Reese) with the hopes that each of them will help me grow as the strong female lead in my own story. Some of them are self-help, some are stories about other women, and some are just meant to provoke your thoughts. I hope that by writing this post and by ordering these books, I am held accountable take the time to stop at the end of each day and settle into the comforting pages of a really good book. I’m not convinced that there is any better self-care than getting lost in a bookstore, in the library or in a really good book. I do my best thinking in a Barnes and Noble… I wish I was kidding, I’m not. Anyway, I’m done rambling on about how much I love books and now I’m just going to share my fab five with you.
- Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley – I’m actually in the middle of reading this right now and I love each and every page of this book. Learning to strive for grace, not perfection is not an easy feat for this Type-A girl. I constantly struggle with comparing myself to others, taking on too many projects and beating myself up when I am not perfect. This book walks you through how to prioritize your commitments, how to simplify your life, and how to give yourself and those around you grace. After feeling overwhelmed by life and all of my commitments, this book was exactly what I needed and I hope that it does the same for each of you.
- The Alice Network by Kate Quinn – This was a Reese Witherspoon book club pick and I am so excited to dig into it! “A female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.”
- Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close – This book keeps showing up on my Pinterest and on Amazon… so I finally gave in because the description is the best description of life in your 20’s… “Isabella, Mary, and Lauren feel like everyone they know is getting married. On Sunday after Sunday, at bridal shower after bridal shower, they coo over toasters, collect ribbons and wrapping paper, eat minuscule sandwiches and cakes. They wear pastel dresses and drink champagne by the case, but amid the celebration these women have their own lives to contend with: Isabella is working a dead-end job, Mary is dating a nice guy with an awful mother, and Lauren is waitressing at a midtown bar and wondering why she’s attracted to the sleazy bartender.”
- I Thought it Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I am enough.” by Brene Brown – This was a no-brainer for me because Brene Brown is the QUEEN of the social work/therapy world. Her other books were phenomenal and I could watch her TEDx talks over and over again. This book talks about guilt and shame and their impact on our lives, feelings, behaviors, and self-esteem. I’m so excited to read this one and share with my clients.
- Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes – This was a last minute find for me but I love everything Shonda Rhimes has done. (I mean you guys, Olivia Pope is life goals.) Shonda explains that she is actually an introvert and struggles with fear and anxiety. To get out of her comfort zone she decided to spend a year saying “YES!” to everything that scared her and to share it with the world… Super excited about this one as well and I’m hoping to have my own “Year of Yes.”
Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!
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