I LOVE to read. Love it. The only problem is I don’t have as much time to do it as I would like. I can’t read at night because I fall asleep. Immediately. During the day is almost unheard of, you know because I’m a mom and apparently I can’t completely neglect my kids (although when I’m reading something really good, I’m known to do this). So I usually take an hour in the morning before the rest of my house gets up. I make my coffee, grab my book, and pick my favorite seat in the sunroom (under a blanket my great-grandmother made me many many moons ago) and I engross myself in what I’m reading.
Even though there are a bazillion amazing books out there, I’ve narrowed down my picks for this year.
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have definitely heard of this book. Rachel Hollis has become a household name. After reading this book, I was inspired to set bigger goals than I thought possible. It taught me how to connect with myself and others in ways I didn’t know were possible. And it allowed to me to believe that “someone else’s opinion of me is none of my business” and to DREAM BIG (without a timeline).
SaltFatAcidHeat by Samin Nosrat. I know, you probably didn’t expect a cookbook to be on this list. But come on, I LOVE to cook. So really it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Samin Nosrat describes the process of cooking in ways I’ve never heard. She breaks it all down into 4 components. You guessed it: Salt, Fat, Acid, and Heat. Simply put - it’s about the flavor of food. Seriously, it’s that simple. SaltFatAcidHeat has also become a documentary on Netflix. So if you don’t have a membership already, this is reason alone to subscribe.
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I truly believe that all books don’t have to educate. Sometimes it’s perfectly fine to just be entertained by them. This is one of those books. Actually it’s a series of three books, and quite possibly my favorite series I’ve read to date. Sorry Twilight. “An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut”. Come on, doesn’t that sound like a page-turner?! The reason I love this style of writing is because it’s such an escape from reality. And not in a Real Housewives way. But in an evil is defeated, the heroine is kick ass, love conquers all, fantasy kind of way.
My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag…And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha by Jolie Kerr. Guys. This book is ah-mazing. It is so well-written, informative, and entertaining. Jolie Kerr nails the approach of cleaning, making it fun and affective at the same time. She gives incredible tips throughout the entire book. From using foodstuffs for cleaning (sliced bread to pick up broken glass) to reminding us that we need to clean our cleaning products (i.e. the toilet brush needs cleaned as well). It’s a smart and funny read that everyone should own. Also, it makes for a really awesome housewarming gift.
What are some of your favorites?