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I’ve got a problem. I love books. So much that before I can fully finish one book, I’ve found 4 others I want to read and move on. However, there are a few I’ve managed to devour and I thought I would share a few of my favs! (If you want to shop them, just click the title OR I’ve rounded them up at the bottom of this post. Happy reading!)
1) The Five Love Languages- Dr. Gary Chapman
“According to Chapman, the five ways to express and experience love that Chapman calls "love languages" are receiving gifts, quality time, words of affirmation, acts of service (devotion) and physical touch. Examples are given from his counseling practice, as well as questions to help determine one's own love languages.”
I’ve heard lots about the idea of “love languages” but was always curious to learn more. Dr. Chapman lays each one out in detail in a simple, easy-to-understand way. Of course I’m not currently in a relationship, but these are great techniques for friends, family, and to understand how you communicate love.
“Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results.”
We’ve all seen the cult Netflix show, and I admit I use the phrase “spark joy” in every day conversation now. So when I saw Marie Kondo had a BOOK….sign me up! Marie shares her back story on how she got into the organizing industry, and then proceeds to share her tips from the Kon Mari Method.
“Reese’s Southern heritage informs her whole life, and she loves sharing the joys of Southern living with practically everyone she meets. She takes the South wherever she goes with bluegrass, big holiday parties, and plenty of Dorothea’s fried chicken. It’s reflected in how she entertains, decorates her home, and makes holidays special for her kids—not to mention how she talks, dances, and does her hair (in these pages, you will learn Reese’s fail-proof, only slightly insane hot-roller technique). Reese loves sharing Dorothea’s most delicious recipes as well as her favorite Southern traditions, from midnight barn parties to backyard bridal showers, magical Christmas mornings to rollicking honky-tonks. It’s easy to bring a little bit of Reese’s world into your home, no matter where you live. After all, there’s a Southern side to every place in the world, right?”
Y’all. I’ve had a girl crush on Reese since the moment Legally Blonde came into my life. She’s stunning, talented, and an amazing advocate for women. This book has amazing fashion and beauty tips, recipes, home decor inspo, and gorgeous photos. I read it in one sitting and plan on using it as a coffee table book!
“Filled with lush and inspiring original four-color photos and budget friendly tips, Lauren Conrad Celebrate offers advice about the basics to make planning any type of event a breeze, including suggestions for the perfect invitations, food, drinks, decorations, and gifts. Lauren shows how to put it all together for a diverse range of events that span the calendar, from a charming Baby shower to a festive holiday party. And she packs the book with creative full-color photos and stories from her own life, including her housewarming party, and her recent bridal shower and wedding.”
When a girlfriend of mine asked me to help co-host her baby shower, I immediately grabbed this book for inspiration. It has beautiful photos and some of Lauren’s tips for every holiday party. Another great coffee table book.
“After two years of parenthood, falling in love with different flavours, and relearning the healing power of comfort food, this book is like Chrissy's new edible diary: recipes for quick-snap meals; recipes for lighter, brighter healthier-ish living; and recipes that, well, are gonna put you to bed, holding your belly.”
YOU NEED THIS COOKBOOK. I have her orig and the Armadillo Cheesy Bread changed my life. When I saw she was coming out with a second cookbook I got it on pre-order and it did not let me down!!!! If you only try one recipe, try the Twitter Banana Bread. Not only did it originate from an amazingly hilarious story ( seriously, if you haven’t heard about it read HERE) but it is the best. damn. banana. bread. everrrrrrrrrrrr!
“Becoming is the memoir of former United States First Lady Michelle Obama published in 2018. Described by the author as a deeply personal experience, the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother.”
Technicalllllly I haven’t finished this one, but it was on top of the NY Times Best Seller list for like 10000 weeks and it’s Michelle Obama SO….I’m including it. I’m actually going to see her on tour for this book one week from today and cannot even contain my excitement. When they go low, we go high y’all.
“An essential exploration of why and how women's sexuality works--based on groundbreaking research and brain science--that will radically transform your sex life into one filled with confidence and joy.
Researchers have spent the last decade trying to develop a "pink pill" for women to function like Viagra does for men. So where is it? Well, for reasons this book makes crystal clear, that pill will never exist--but as a result of the research that's gone into it, scientists in the last few years have learned more about how women's sexuality works than we ever thought possible, and "Come as You Are" explains it all.”
I realize this is a superrr random one to add to the list. However, I’m so glad I read it. Not to get too personal, but basically after going on/off birth control the past few years, my hormones were all sorts of out of whack. Which as you ladies knows, affects sex drive among many other things. SO, it was refreshing to read about women’s sexuality in both a medical and human way as Emily does.
“As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the twenty lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively, lies we’ve told ourselves so often we don’t even hear them anymore.”
Ok, I really struggled with whether to add this to my list or not. I always want to be genuine and if I’m being superrrrr honest, I felt like often times this book felt ~forced~. In other words, it didn’t always feel authentic. And I know that is a super un-popular opinion because this book broke all sorts of records and Rachel became a smash. With all of that being said, I am HERE for her work ethic, strategies, and overall boss babe vibes, so I’m keeping it on my list. She has a new book out Girl, Stop Apologizing and I’m definitely going to give that one a try too!
“Now, for the first time, these thoughtful gems have been revised, updated, and collected in What I Know For Sure, a beautiful cloth bound book with a ribbon marker, packed with insight and revelation from Oprah Winfrey. Organized by theme—joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power—these essays offer a rare, powerful and intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the world's most extraordinary women—while providing readers a guide to becoming their best selves. Candid, moving, exhilarating, uplifting, and frequently humorous, the words Oprah shares in What I Know For Sure shimmer with the sort of truth that readers will turn to again and again.”
Everyone needs this book. EVERYONE. You, your mom, your grandma, your best friend….everyone. It is now the book I gift to every single person in my life. I just ordered one for my cousin. It’s hard to put into words exactly “what” the book is (other than perfection). Essentially it’s a collection of columns Oprah wrote about things in life she “knows for sure”. It inspired me to do the same on Laura and I’s podcast, and it’s a book I’ve read 3 times because it’s that beautiful. (Plus….it’s OPRAH.)