Is there anything better than curling up beside a fire with a warm mug of tea and a good book in hand? I mean, I’m sure I can name a few things (a day at the beach, puppies perhaps…) but in my world reading ranks pretty high up there. Maybe it is just me, but as the temperature drops and fall sets in, the urge to read becomes even greater. By the time I get home from work the sun is already setting, and so often times I find myself in my room or on the sofa getting lost in a story, both old and new.
For those of you looking for a new story to escape to, I offer The Good Read every month. Since finishing up college, reading has become less of a chore and more of a passion. I read nearly a book a week, a habit that has added so much to my life already. Time spent flipping through the pages of a good book is time spent away from our computers, cell phones and televisions. It is time where we can escape from this world and explore another.
This month, I have chosen to feature a few different genres. As always I’ve included a self help book, but October’s edition of The Good Read also includes a cook book! There is also a really beautiful coming of age story titled Wonder, and a gripping debut from new author Flynn Berry. Without further ado, here are my recommendations for this month!
Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett
Designers create worlds and solve problems using design thinking. Look around your office or home–at the tablet or smartphone you may be holding or the chair you are sitting in. Everything in our lives was designed by someone. And every design starts with a problem that a designer or team of designers seeks to solve.
In this book, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise.
A great book for anyone looking for the tools and advice needed to re-vamp and create the life they want to be living.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school―until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is, Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?
R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power. After reading this book you will approach your relationships, first appearances, and people differently. It is a wonderfully written eye opener!
The Skinny Taste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor
Gina Homolka is America’s most trusted home cook when it comes to easy, flavorful recipes that are miraculously low-calorie and made from all-natural, easy-to-find ingredients. Her blog, Skinnytaste is the number one go-to site for slimmed down recipes that you’d swear are anything but. The Skinnytaste Cookbook features 150 amazing recipes: 125 all-new dishes and 25 must-have favorites. As a busy mother of two, Gina started Skinnytaste when she wanted to lose a few pounds herself. She turned to Weight Watchers for help and liked the program but struggled to find enough tempting recipes to help her stay on track. Instead, she started “skinny-fying” her favorite meals so that she could eat happily while losing weight.
With 100 stunning photographs and detailed nutritional information for every recipe, The Skinnytaste Cookbook is an incredible resource of fulfilling, joy-inducing meals that every home cook will love. This is a great cookbook for anyone who has a hard time sticking to those healthy staples and enjoys the occasional treat and indulgence. Skinnytaste offers solutions that taste great but in a healthy way!
Under The Harrow by Flynn Berry
When Nora takes the train from London to visit her sister in the countryside, she expects to find her waiting at the station, or at home cooking dinner. But when she walks into Rachel’s familiar house, what she finds is entirely different: her sister has been the victim of a brutal murder.
Stunned and adrift, Nora finds she can’t return to her former life. An unsolved assault in the past has shaken her faith in the police, and she can’t trust them to find her sister’s killer. Haunted by the murder and the secrets that surround it, Nora is under the harrow: distressed and in danger. As Nora’s fear turns to obsession, she becomes as unrecognizable as the sister her investigation uncovers.
A riveting psychological thriller and a haunting exploration of the fierce love between two sisters, the distortions of grief, and the terrifying power of the past, Under the Harrow marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer and a great read for anyone who loved the suspense of The Girl On The Train or Gone Girl.
Have you read any good books lately? Feel free to share them below in the comments!