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10 Books to Read This Year

There’s nothing that I love more than getting lost inside a good book!

Here’s a short list of some of my favorites!

Of Mess and Moxie | Jen Hatmaker

This is a great book for moms, whether you’re dealing with depression, mom guilt, or forgiveness. There’s also one chapter in particular that really resonated with me- “Makers and Dreamers,” which is all about being a creative person and embracing your calling to do whatever it is that you do. This book is also filled with some funny “how-to’s” and some great recipes!

Year of Yes | Shonda Rhimes

Yes, girl, yes.

To all of this.

To this entire book.

Yes, Yes Yes!

In case you missed it, Shonda Rhimes is behind pretty much every hit TV show these days (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to get Away With Murder), so it makes sense that she can also pen a great book! I love this book because it tackles the issues that women face as working moms, and it gives us permission to feel good about that! Shonda looks the mom-shamers dead in the eyes and perfectly explains why we should not be guilty about pursuing our calling.

Girl Wash Your Face | Rachel Hollis

This is the kind of book that just needs to be gifted. Whether it’s a friend or a daughter who may be going through some stuff, this book would make a great, gentle, kick in the butt! Rachel gets personal in this book, sharing her experiences and history, and doesn’t hold back from sharing embarrassing details or insecurities.

Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty

If you haven’t watched this show, yet, or read this book, you’re missing out, because both are awesome! The show’s cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and more! The book holds your attention and is a rather unusual story. This is not your typical storyline, which I appreciate.

The Glass Castle | Jeannette Walls

This is a touching memoir about poverty, dysfunction and how to break away from that cycle.

Ironically, Jeannette is still able to demonstrate unconditional love for her family.

The Secret Life of Bees | Sue Monk Kidd

Read the book. Watch the movie.

Both are so great!

I love a good story about sisterhood, especially when it crosses some “controversial” lines.

Water for Elephants | Sara Gruen

This is one of my favorite books and movies of all time. It encompasses a love story, a little mystery and embraces the nostalgic time period of the 1930’s.

Read the book.

Watch the movie (Reese Witherspoon, y’all)!

The Help | Kathryn Stockett

Love, love, love this book (and movie)!

Again, this is a book that’s all about sisterhood, crossing lines and thinking outside of the box!

My Sister’s Keeper | Jodi Picoult

Gah.

This is a tear jerker, and it’s a book that makes you feel for every single character in the story! This isn’t your classic, good-guys/bad-guys story. It’s a book full of grey matter, and it raises some ethical questions and controversial topics.

Again, both the book and the movie are great.

Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn

I feel like all of us have experienced Amy Dunn emotions at some point or another. This is a great story about revenge, combined with some mystery and lots of drama. Personally, I loved the book more than the movie, but both are great!

Are you a fan of any of these books? Comment below!

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