Happy November, everyone! I know I’m a little bit late in getting this month’s edition of “The Good Read” up but I have 4 great books to share with you all this time around. My October absolutely flew by, and truth be told I am still clinging onto the sunshine and warm weather even though I’ve had to defrost my car for the past 2 weeks. But just like many of you, the Holiday Season makes the cold a little easier to accept. I am so excited for Thanksgiving, baking, decorating my house, spending time with family and friends, and then of course celebrating Christmas and New Years.
I always think that I have more time between now and Christmas than I do, so I’ve started to put together a list of presents I need to pick up for my family and friends already because before you know it Black Friday will be here! I have linked where to buy all of these books below if any of them sound like a good stalking stuffer for someone in your life. Without further ado, here are my favorite books this month!
Emily Griffin “The One & Only”
I have read nearly all of Emily Giffin’s novels now, and I swear they keep getting better. This story takes place in the small town of Walker, Texas, where everyone lives and breathes all things football (major Friday Night Lights vibes, which is a bonus). The main character Shea has spent her entire life there, even taking a job in the athletic department after graduating from the local college. When an unexpected death throws their small town for a loop, Shea begins to wonder if staying in Walker is the future meant for her.
Ultimately Shea decides to venture out of Walker. In search of what she’s not sure, but on her new journey she discovers that there is more to learn about herself and those she loves than she once thought. The reason I enjoyed this story so much is because I could draw parallels between Shea’s post graduate life and my own. I think that everyone experiences that feeling of hesitation when deciding to leave your safety net. This book is definitely a feel good story, perfect for anyone who is recently embarking on a new path. You can find it here.
Lauren Collins “When In French”
When I first read the plot of this book I knew I had to buy it. When Lauren Collins’ moves abroad and falls in love with a Frenchman, she has no idea just how difficult the cultural change will be. While her boyfriend does speak [broken] English, Lauren realizes rather quickly that her words do not always translate directly into French, particularly the word love. In an effort to better communicate she decides to learn French for herself, which is when her eyes are opened to just how many misinterpretations and roadblocks are presented with a language barrier.
This book goes beyond that sentiment to discuss how linguistic misunderstandings can shape our relationships on a global scale as well. Without spoiling too much, this book goes far more than a love story and will leave you with a new appreciation and understanding for language. You can find this book at Amazon here.
Chip & Joanna Gaines “The Magnolia Story”
I think this goes without saying, but Chip and Jo are basically my favorite couple in existence. I often say that I wish they would adopt me and bring me back to Waco Texas where I would live blissfully happy on their family farm. When the two of them announced that they were writing a book about their life and journey to create Magnolia Homes I was sold, mainly because anything the two of them get their hands on is beautiful. As an interior designer I love their approach to renovations and design, but what I love even more is their zest for life and desire to improve the lives of others through their work.
In this book they discuss everything from their first date to their first renovation, and by the end of it you somehow find yourself more in love with them than before. They are very real people with amazing values, and their life’s work is a reminder that if you work hard and stay humble, good things are bound to happen. You can find their book in any Barnes & Noble store, or on Amazon here.
Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu & Douglas Abrams “The Book Of Joy”
Douglas Abrams has the rare opportunity to sit in with the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, who spent a week in India together looking back on each of their unique experiences to answer the age old question of how we find joy in the face of suffering. The two discuss their personal experiences and struggles with exile, violence and oppression through short stories and recollections, as well as through some teasing and humor. There is lots to be learned by these two men, especially when you consider that they are widely identified as two of the most joyous men on the planet. There so much to take away from this book, and this book has helped me to keep a positive attitude regardless of any hardships I may face. I always include a self help book and this one would be a perfect gift as well! You can find it on Amazon here.
Have a favorite book? Whether it’s old or new I am always looking for great books to read. Feel free to share yours in the comments below!