I know, I know, we hardly have time to read a magazine article, let alone read a book. But here’s the thing. We need to start making time for things that we just simply love and for many of us, reading is one of them.
One of my tricks is to either read the first ten minutes of the day (along with my coffee in bed) or the last ten minutes of the day (with chamomile tea or just plain H2O) so I can ease in and out of the day doing something that I love. Yes, that means that I set an alarm every morning so I can have some quiet time before my kids wake up, but it is so incredibly worth it.
So without any further ado, here are some of my top picks for books to lose yourself in.
Nobody’s Cuter Than You: A Memoir About the Beauty of Friendship—Melanie Shankle
A laugh out loud book that celebrates REAL friendship: unfiltered, unedited, messy, smelly, and PHENOMENAL friendship.
Girl on the Train–Paula Hawkins
From the minute you begin reading, you get swept up in what you can readily identify with: a ride on a train. But after witnessing a shocking event, this thriller takes twists and turns, keeping you riveted on the emotional storyline.
Everything I Never Told You—Celeste Ng
A thought provoking and intriguing debut novel about the complex relationships in a Chinese American family dealing with the death of their beloved daughter.
This is Where I leave You–Jonathan Tropper
The Foxman clan comes together, with their odd personalities and complicated relationships, to sit shiva after their father dies. Reading about this hilariously dysfunctional family will remind you that your family isn’t that bad after all.
A candid and hilarious account of true friendship, as told by Klam. It truly is a guide to the people you love, hate, and can’t live without.
Defending Jacob—William Landay
In this page turning thriller, a father is stuck in an incomprehensible situation, leading you to wonder how far you would go to protect your child. Such a quick and mind blowing read.
The Sharper Your Knife the Less You Cry—Kathleen Flinn
Flinn’s escape from the rat race in American to a prestigious spot at Le Cordon Bleu will not only have you salivating over the dishes she creates, but also cheering her on and she cooks fearlessly in the City of Lights.
The Happiness Project—Gretchen Rubin
Every time I read Rubin’s book about her year long Happiness Project, including learning a new skill, adopting new housekeeping practices and so on, I learn something new that inspires me to become the best woman possible and work on myself—the most important project I will ever have.
My Paris Dream—Kate Betts
Betts’ empowering memoir about her post-college move to Paris and how she not only devoured delicious pastries, but also how she climbed the ranks of the fashion industry. A beautiful and inspirational read.