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7 Books You Should Read Right Now
You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy books and that’s kind of the same thing.
I love to read. Despite 4 kids 5 and under, a busy house, and classes to teach, I find time most everyday to read. After my kids are in bed, I enter my relaxing nightly self care routine that includes reading. It feeds my soul. In the last year, I read dozens of books ranging from science to fiction, history to self help.
Of those books, here are my absolute favorite books that I’ve read from the last year.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
If you pick this up, prepare to not do anything until you’re done reading. You aren’t going to want to out it down.
Tired of all the non-fiction books I’d been reading, I picked this up one evening and figured I’d read if for a few minutes to relax and unwind. About an hour into it, I figured I’d just read to the halfway point (about 225 pages) and call it a night since I couldn’t put it down. Once I surpassed page 300, I knew I was in it for the long haul and finished the book before I finally slipped into bed at 4:00am. I cried. I laughed. It was a quick and absorbing read. I loved it.
Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowlings
Never read the books? Just do it. You don’t get a special counter-culture prize because you held out reading Harry Potter. And as great as the films are, they really are nothing to the books. If you have read them, they’re even better in multiple readings. As I was nursing a newborn, I devoured the series in just a few weeks. Even reading it the 3rd time through didn’t diminish what a fantastic book series this is. Oh man, I love Harry Potter.
Grit by Angela Duckworth
If you’ve never heard of her, Angela Duckworth is definitely someone you want to check out. This book is a fascinating look at grit, the power to succeed and overcome obstacles. She delves into fascinating (and motivating) examples of resiliency and perseverance and unlocks the keys to obtain those qualities. To begin, there is a quiz to evaluate your current grit levell. THen, in the course of the book, she gives solid steps to increase your grit. This is one I will read and re-read. Not only did it inspire me to be more gritty and resilient, it’s helped me focus on how I can help my children develop the trait. I’ll definitely need several more reads!
Want to change your mornings? Then check out this extremely motivating book. This book literally changed my life. Though it’s not without its flaws (he really needs to cite his sources and use footnotes), it motivated me to start waking up and exercising at 4:00am. This book was a major paradigm shift for me not only in completely changing my mornings, but it was very instrumental in helping me get the courage and determination to start this blog. Definitely a super motivating book.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Gretchen Rubin has made it to 2 places on my list. I adore her–and her podcast “Happier” is amazing too. Former Supreme Court clerk turned researcher and writer, Rubin is obsessed with happiness. She researches it extensively. This book is her exploration into her year-long “happiness project” where she, using research as her guide, actively set out to increase her happiness. It’s so inspiring and will surely leave you with many ideas about how you can be happier.
The 4 Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
If you like personality profile quizzes, you are going to love this book. And if you don’t hang with me here. After exhaustive research, Rubin created a personality framework based on how people respond to both inner and outer expectations.
People fall into 4 categories: Upholders (that’s me), Questioners, Obligers, and Rebels (take the quiz and tell me what you are). It is sooooo interesting. And it’s extremely helpful for understand ourselves and people around us.
As I read I felt like a light bulb went off. I understood myself better and I understood why I can get frustrated with people who respond to expectations differently than me. It has helped me look at people with more compassion and understanding.
If part of your day-to-day includes trying to get people to do things for their own good (uh, like every mom) then this book is fabulous. Also amazing for teachers and doctors. I’m making my book club read it right now.
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, & Jack Thorne
I found this quick read to be downright delightful. While some die-hard Potter fans find fault with various parts of this, I loved it. It’s a playscript and not a novel, so it reads differently. But once you get into it and can envision it on the stage, it is transporting and very engaging.
It picks up the story when Harry Potter’s own children are at Hogwarts. I loved every second of it and hope to see it on stage one day. I thought it was a perfect addition to the Harry Potter series.
Have you read any of these books? What are the best books that you’ve read recently?