Fall Reading List
There is something about fall that just makes me want to cozy up in my jammies, with coffee and a good book. Taking time to read is so important to me. After staring at a computer screen all day it’s nice to just pick up a book and give my eyes a bit of a break. I wanted to share a few of the books I’ve finished recently as well as what is on my reading list for the fall!
When I am l looking for a book to read, I try to find something that has practical takeaways or makes me think outside of my own little world. I am not one that goes for fiction very often, and I usually end up getting some version of a self help book. I am also super into autobiographies or memoirs, especially of people that I admire. That being said, I finished the following books this past year and highly recommend all three!
Becoming by Michelle Obama
I am a HUGE Michelle Obama fan. Politics aside, I think it is super interesting to get a peak into the life of someone who has full access to living in the White House and being married to a President. Not to mention that she is a full blown boss babe in her own right. This book takes you through the former first lady’s life growing up in Chicago, challenges she faced both as a woman and as a person of color, dating Barack and ultimately what it meant to be the First Lady of the United States. It is both insightful and inspiring. I also had the chance to see her speak (with Conan O’Brien) when she was here in Milwaukee and it was literally the most amazing thing I have ever witnessed.
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
This isn’t a new book, but I feel like social media gave it a major comeback in the last few years. Jen Sincero is a life coach who has some pretty “out there” ideas about how to examine and improve your outlook on life. While the book isn’t super long, I definitely wouldn’t call it an easy read. You are tasked with looking at your thought process in an extremely honest way but it ultimately leads you to embracing your inner badass, stop accepting anything less than the best, and affirming that you are capable of amazing things (if you buy into and believe everything she says…) My biggest takeaway from this book through, were the nuggets of wisdom that got me thinking. Notable quotes such as, “Comparison is the fastest way to take all the fun out of life.” and “Never apologize for who you are. It lets the whole world down.” are nice little pick-me-ups to keep tucked away when you need some inspiration.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
If you’ve talked to me at all in the last few months, I probably have mentioned this book to you. It is amazing. While I really enjoyed Jen Sincero’s book, this book has a similar theme but with much less fluff. I think affirmations and all that jazz are great if that’s what works for you, but this book just gives it to you straight. Mark Manson basically narrates a counterintuitive approach to getting out of ruts life puts us in. His honesty about taking responsibility for your problems is refreshing. “If you want to change how you see your problems, you have to change what you value and/or how you measure failure/success.” YES. After finishing this book, I immediately purchased his second book “Everything is F*cked” and can’t wait to dive into it.
I recently got a few new books that I am pumped crack open. If you like buying books, like me, I definitely suggest checking out the second hand section in Boswell Books. I’ve gotten a few great reads at super discounted prices there. Anyways, here is what is on my fall reading list….
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
When we were in St. Louis I noticed this book at the airport and thought about buying it. On our flight home I saw that Kara was reading it and decided I definitely needed to check it out afterall. The book is based on a true story of boys that were sent to reform school during the Jim Crow-era in Florida. I am anticipating this to be an extremely eye opening book that gives a take on history that is generally not spoken about.
Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
My coworker had mentioned that she was reading this book and thought I might be interested in it as well. The book is a memoir of Lockwood’s life growing up with a Catholic priest for a father. I am always interested in hearing about other people’s experiences with religion and family and I think this book will totally fit the bill.
Know My Name by Chanel Miller
You’ve probably heard of Chanel Miller but didn’t realize it. She is the survivor of the Brock Turner case. I followed this case closely as it became the poster child of what white privilege looked like in this country. For a long time, Miller’s identity was concealed but she recently came forward with who she is and ready to tell her story. I am super interested to hear her talk about what happened to her and how she is moving forward in life.
What books are you guys reading this fall? I would love to hear any recommendations or thoughts on the books I’ve shared!