5 Books I want to Read Now and You Should Too!

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I have an immense love of books – I love story.  I love to get lost in someone’s story, and because of that I almost always have a running list of books that I want to read.  I don’t always have a ton of time to read, but one of my goals this year is to complete my 100 books read challenge, and because of that I have made it a priority. 

It is amazing what you can accomplish when you make something a priority (this works for all things, not just reading!).  I am spending less time scrolling through Facebook, and more time pulling up a book on my kindle

I try to utilize the library app for my local library on my iPhone for a lot of reading, as well as a subscription to kindle unlimited.  But, when there is a book that I really want to read, I most often buy it – I am a little impatient when it comes to reading new books.  The convenience of it being delivered to my phone and kindle on the day it is released is something I love.

5 Books I Want to Read Now and You Should Too!




Here are a few books that I am really looking forward to reading in the next several months – as well as a book that I have already read before, but love to revisit every spring when the weather starts to be a bit nicer in Maine.

At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider – I have followed Tsh and her blog since about the time she started her first blog Simple Mom way back when.  I have loved all of the books that she has written, but have definitely been looking forward to this one.  It is a memoir of her family’s trip around the world.  The reason I am most excited about it?  The family travel part.  

She traveled with her three young children (I believe the youngest was 4 at the time).  This is something that I dream of doing with my own family, but have yet to pull the trigger for various reasons.  This book releases tomorrow – so very very excited to sit down and read it.  I also highly recommend her book Notes from a Blue Bike a book about living intentionally in a chaotic world – awesome book!

Cultivate by Lara Casey – In 201 I read an amazing book called Make it Happen by a new author I had never heard of.  It was life changing – showing me I could definitely follow my passions.  When I heard that Lara would be releasing a new book this June, I immediately pre-ordered it without really knowing what it was about.  But, after I read the description, I knew this would be a book for me. 

Women often feel like they have to have it all together in order to live a meaningful life. Instead they feel inadequate, overwhelmed, and exhausted as they to figure out how to do it all. Author, business owner, and mom to three Lara Casey offers sound and grace-filled advice: “We can’t do it all, and do it well. But, we can choose to cultivate what matters.”

This book will be released on June 27th.

Business Boutique by Christy Wright – I recently heard Christy Wright on the Dave Ramsey podcast (getting out of debt, yes please).  Christy’s mission is to equip women the tools they need to do the things they love when it comes to turning a hobby into a business.  I majored in Business and Economics in college, so I love any type of business book – especially as a blogger.  There are a lot of “blogger” resources available, but I find sometimes that they don’t speak to me the way classic business books do.  This book came out TODAY!  So while my kiddos are having their rest time this afternoon, I will be digging into this book. 

Mess in the Moxie by Jen Hatmaker – I have read several of Jen Hatmakers books in the past couple of years.  My favorites have been Interrupted and 7:An Experimental Mutiny Against ExcessI love her stories, they definitely bring me back to my own youth, and some of the pop culture references she uses have had me laughing out loud while I am trying to read quietly next to a sleeping babe.

…somehow women have gotten the message that pain and failure mean they must be doing things wrong, that they messed up the rules or tricks for a seamless life. As it turns out, every last woman faces confusion and loss, missteps and catastrophic malfunctions, no matter how much she is doing “right.” Struggle doesn’t mean they’re weak; it means they’re alive.

This book will be released August 8th.

My last book is a book that I have read before, but I believe that the message is so important that I continue to refer back to it when I need some parental motivation during the year.

Simplicity Parenting by Kim Jon Payne and Lisa M. Ross.  The title really does give it away, it is a book about less in order to raise happier, and healthier kids.  It talks a lot about the importance of nature and unstructured play.  I think it is a perfect book to read right as the school year winds down for most kids, and to give myself permission to not fill summer with a bunch of activities.  Instead, I can take a step back and watch my kids play in mud all day, and know that they are making the same types of memories that I did so many years ago.


Are you looking forward to any books that have yet to be released?  Do you have a favorite book you revisit year after year?


26 comments:

  1. I'm not much of a reader myself but I do like self-help books. I will check into some of these books especially the Dave Ramsey one I've been very curious about that

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    1. Yes! I can't wait to read that one! She has a podcast as well - if you are interested in podcasts - called Business Boutique on itunes.

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  2. I am always looking for new books to add to my summer reading list. I will check some (or all) of these out.

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  3. I read a lot during the summer so I will definitely add these to my reading list!

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  4. Business boutiques sound great as I am always looking for new ways to earn money from my blog. I will have to put it on my reading list x

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    1. I think any book that shows you how to treat your blog as a business - and not *just a blog* is a good thing. Blogging is a business, albeit a newish realm, still needs a business plan and a path for growing! Let me know if you decide to pick it up and what you think!

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  5. There are a couple here I'd enjoy checking out. Especially business boutique. Love seeing how others approach business. The other would be cultivate. I know I often feel overwhelmingly unbalanced trying to juggle life/career/family!

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  6. The last book I read was Girl on the Train, but only because I was dying to see the movie. I love to ready, but literally have to squeeze time in.

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  7. I am so overloaded with work right now that I barely have time to squeeze in Words with Friends. But - I am hopeful for some down time soon. And I will keep your book suggestions in mind! Thanks!

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  8. Love reading! These all look like great books to read. Especially the parenting book. Less is better when raising kids so they appreciate things more!

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  9. These look like great books to read. The Simplicity Parenting sounds good and helpful for us parents this day and age to have our kids appreciate more and do better.

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  10. Wow these list of books sounds awesome. Good to hear that you are really eager to read a lot of books this year. Good luck to you and thanks for sharing this.

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  11. I should really check these out. I've been trying to read more this year especially books that will help expand my knowledge.

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  12. I used to read so much more than I do now. I would just read a book a day for the same reason as you -- the story! I need to check out these books!

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  13. I haven't read a good book in ages, It used to be one of my favorite things to do but I just can't find the time at the moment!

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  14. I'm one of those people who never re-reads a book. Not sure why but I think it might have something to do with the fact that there is always something new to read.

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  15. Goodness I can't remember that last time I really sat and read a book, which makes me think maybe I need to start with 'Simplicity Parenting'!

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  16. These books sound so great! the business boutique sounds like something I should definitely pick up

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  17. I haven't read a book for ages. I think I should give my time and commitment more to read a book. Mess in the Moxie sounds like an interesting book.

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  18. These titles sound really engaging. I definitely plan on making more time to read for enjoyment this summer.

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  19. I would love to read these. I feel like I only get to read kids book these day, lol. I need to find more time for self reading!

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  20. I need to get into reading again. I have stopped and I now realize that I miss it so much!

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  21. I guess if I were to pick a favorite book, it would be Bridge To Terrabithia. I have loved that one since I was a kid. But, I also like just about anything by John Grisham, too. I could reread some of his that I have already read and that would be great.

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  22. Those titles have all caught my eye. I think I will start with Jen Hatmaker's book.

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  23. The moxie book sounds good. I think I've read some of her books too. I like the idea behind the simplicity in parenting book but wonder if I need a whole book on it.

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  24. Love a good read and these all look great! I just read Love Warrior and was so inspired!

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