Believe it or not, I occasionally read impactful books that are for grown-ups, too! This year was a huge growth year for me personally so most of my own reading has been nonfiction. As the Epstein-Barr Virus continues to kick my butt, one blessing of the fatigue is it gives me more time to read and learn about my health. Silver linings!
Here are the books that I think you’ll want to know about — books that have made an impact on my life. And, books that are on my to-read pile . . . and books I’m giving as gifts to my history-buff husband.
Please leave a comment with books you’re enjoying and think we should know about, too.
Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution by Brene Brown
If you thought her other books were life-changing, this one is even better. It’s like the next step for figuring out your sh*t– how to be compassionate with boundaries (working on this with my teenager), how to not get stuck in the mucky middle (cause growth ain’t easy like we want it to be), and how to embrace the challenge of it all. Because it’s hard, damn hard work, to grow and be our best selves. I’ve scribbled in the margins and taken aha notes in my journal. This is life-changing work and I can’t recommend it enough!!
Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind To Yourself by Kristin Neff
Why is it that we treat others better than ourselves? This book helps us prioritize ourselves and more than that, comfort ourselves when we’re down and needing compassion. It gives us a set of steps when we’re down and out to go into the feeling of sadness, shame, fear, whatever, and give ourselves compassion. I loved it so much I’ve already gifted it to several friends.
Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain for Life by David Perlmutter
I read this book after The Autoimmune Solution by Dr. Amy Myers which is equally helpful in it’s research and advice. This book shares fascinating research on how so many of our illnesses are caused by immflamuation. From autism to EBV to MS. Very cutting edge stuff.
Books I Gave My Husband This Year (That I Want To Read, Also)
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough also looks like a winner for my history-buff husband.
Books I’m Reading Over the Winter Break
Lake House by Kate Morton
This is a highly-rated, suspense-filled story set in England. Because sometimes I need a break from deep literature and nonfiction, I can’t wait to read this.
Humans of New York Stories by Brandon Stanton
I LOVE this Facebook page — the stories are thought-provoking, compelling even. I would like to share these stories with my kids. Wouldn’t that be empathy building? Hmmm.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
I’ve had this book and not read it because I didn’t want to read a historical fiction book. (I go through phases.) Now I’m ready. Also, one of my book buddies said it was amazing. It’s time. (“The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France–a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.”)
What Books Are You Reading?
Has anyone read the new Elizabeth Gilbert book, Big Magic, yet? I’d love to know what you think of it!
**I keep my Goodreads list of books updated if you want to connect there. Here’s my profile link. I don’t post reviews there as this is just a way for me to keep track of books I like and don’t like.