Since the start of quarantine I’ve been really hitting the books (in a more relaxed sense of the phrase). Up until recently I didn’t particularly enjoy reading (“for fun”) – I enjoyed buying books, holding books, hoarding books, and staring at the aesthetics a shelf full of books provides. Honestly, it wasn’t until reading (recently) Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, that I was like ‘Oh holy crap! Books are actually quite amazing’… This is the point where you, as a reader, are thinking obviously!… but I guess I’m just late to the party.
15 Books to Add to Your Reading List
- Educated by Tara Westover (Memoir)
- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (Memoir)
- The Southern-book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (Horror Fiction)
- Lot by Bryan Washington (Fiction)
- The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper (Memoir)
- Three Women by Lisa Taddeo (Nonfiction, Sexuality)
- The Most Fun We’ve Ever Had by Claire Lombardo (Fiction)
- Where To Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change in Our Crazy World by Cleo Wade (from the author: “Where to Begin is a collection of ideas, mantras, and poems…”)
- Revolution of the Soul: Awaken to Love Through Raw Truth, Radical Healing, and Conscious Action by Seane Corn (Self Help, Spirituality)
- In Five Years by Rebecca Serle (Romance, Fiction)
- Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (Nonfiction, History)
- Little Weirds by Jenny Slate (Humour, Autobiography)
- The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben (Nonfiction, Science)
- We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter by Celeste Headlee (Nonfiction, Self Help)
- Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss by Margaret Renkl (Memoir)
Audio Book Recommendations – What I’m Listening To:
- Fail Until You Don’t by Bobby Bones
- Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong
- The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
Other Reading Motivators
In addition to that satisfaction that comes with finishing a book I get an extra boost of gratification from checking a book off of a “reading list”. If you’re anything like me, I recommend the website Goodreads.
Goodreads helps to connect you with other book lovers, track reading goals, and save books for future purchasing. They also have resources to connect you with book clubs and gives you the ability to rate or review your favorite reads (or save others from the books you hated).
I’ve also found joining a book club can be an extra motivator. I am apart of the Now&Gen book club run by Genevieve Padelecki. A few of the reads on my list were recommended through this club – phenomenal reads!
Don’t forget to support your local book stores!