The best way to get to know someone is to ask one simple question. “What are you reading right now?”
I find it intriguing the books that fall into our laps and the stories of how they landed there and also the impact that they have on us. So I thought it would be fun to share what I’m currently reading with all of you. I often read a few books at a time, jumping between them until they are finally done and I rotate in new ones.
June 21, 2016
Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
This is actually the first thing I’ve ever read from Brene Brown. My husband read her book, Daring Greatly, but I never got around to it. Gifts of Imperfection deals with courage, vulnerability, and shame. Brene spent years researching those intangibles and wraps everything up in a nice memoir-type book using research as the paper and ribbon. It’s really quite good. I’m reading it because even though I tend to share a lot through my writing, I want to be a more empathetic, compassionate person and to do that you have to get vulnerable with people–which for me, isn’t always easy. It’s a gem of a book and I highly recommend it.
An Elegant Facade by Kristi Ann Hunter
You did not see this one coming, did you?? I love love love Regency Era historical fiction. Kristi Ann is a new-ish author and this book so far has been so fun! Fiction is such a nice break every once in a while. I interviewed Kristi for my work with FamilyFiction magazine (my day job!) and she gave some fascinating insights about this book. The main character, Georgina is the daughter of a prestigious family and enters into society hoping to snag THE most eligible bachelor in London, but only because she has a huge secret to hide. It’s a charming and effortless read! (This book actually releases next month! So sorry you’ll have to wait a bit!)
April 28, 2016
The Importance of Being Little by Erika Christakis
I bought this book after I read Christakis’ amazing article in The Atlantic. It had answers to all the questions I had been asking. I don’t usually buy physical books. But I bought this one and I’m so glad I did because it is incredibly dense. I’m wading through it slowly since I don’t have a background in education theory. For all of my teacher friends, this is a must-read. For every mom of little kids, this book will open your eyes to the needs of your children. Kids’ minds are amazing and this book has showed me all the ways we can teach our kids without reciting the alphabet or memorizing facts.
Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed
I read Wild back in January after watching the movie. And I can not say enough about my love for Cheryl Strayed. She’s every bit the writer I would like to be. Plus she has stories for days and days. This book is a collection of articles Cheryl wrote as the anonymous advice columnist, Sugar. She offers her thoughts on love, loss, redemption, making amends, and chasing ambition. It is everything you want from a book. You can pick it up and read it for a moment of inspiration or get engrossed in the whole of it right before bed. Shout out to my best friend from first grade for sending this in the mail last Christmas. She has the best taste.
The Good Sleeper by Janet Krone Kennedy PhD
When there’s a new sleep book on the market, I have to buy it. I’m like a fly drawn to the flame. I heard Kennedy speaking on The Mighty Mommy Podcast and she said a few things I had not heard before in all of my searching for answers to get my kid to sleep. I’ve already started implementing some of her tips and let me tell you–baby #2 is a good sleeper! One major takeaway from this book is that babies don’t actually start producing melatonin until they are 6 weeks old, so you really shouldn’t have too many expectations until they reach that milestone.
So that’s it for now. I’d love to hear what you are reading now and how those books landed in your lap (or on your Kindle!).