Not only do I love to read, but I believe books are meant to be shared.
I always seem to be reading multiple books at once, and my stack of reads on my nightstand never seems to go down because once I finish one book I add another one to the queue. If you’re curious, here are some of my recent reads:
- Like a Mother: A refreshing look at pregnancy, Like a Mother unpacks not only the science behind pregnancy (The placenta is AMAZING! How your body produces breast milk to provide exactly what your baby needs is fascinating!) but also leaves the reader with the author’s honest perspective on the challenges, realities and intricacies of pregnancy and motherhood.
- Great with Child: This book was recommended to me by a sweet friend, who is also a mama-to-be (and mama to a sweet toddler boy). This book connects with mamas and mamas-to-be by poetically penning common hopes, fears, wants and wishes. It’s a beautiful meditation on motherhood, and in my experience, best enjoyed slowly with a cup of coffee or tea.
- Gift from the Sea: I found this book on my bookshelf and wondered how long it had been sitting there unread and who gave it to me. And after reading it, I wondered why I had never picked it up before. This small book is a quick read that offers reflections on love, solitude, marriage and contentment – common themes that are just as relevant today as they were were in 1955 when this sweet read was originally published.
- Work Rules: This book was dense, and took me a while to read. In between some of the more instructional chapters on how to lead an effective organization, I took away some great nuggets that inspired me to be a better leader, manager and employee. Something that resonated with me the most? The reminder to always be a founder, no matter your role. “One of my hopes in writing this book is that anyone reading it starts thinking of themselves as a founder. Maybe not of an entire company, but the founder of a team, a family, a culture. The fundamental lesson from Google’s experience is that you must first choose whether you are a founder or an employee. It’s not a question of literal ownership. It’s a question of attitude.” BOOM.
- The Pearl: Recently reread this Steinbeck classic, complete with the rips and tears and folds from first reading it during my junior year of high school. I remember writing an essay then about the female power in the book and how Kino’s wife knew all along what evil the pearl held. I have reread it a few different times over the years and I think more than anything I like Steinbeck’s storytelling and how the story serves as a good reminder of what is important in life.
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: I’ve been jonesing for a good new fiction read lately this one and this one definitely met my literary needs. It’s a story of a quirky young lady, Eleanor, and despite her social awkwardness and her often inept ability to have an adult conversation, she becomes very likable to the reader (and hilarious without meaning to be). Her sad and heartbreaking past and lonely life will leave you examining how you can better help someone in your life who may be lonely or need or someone who cares.
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