6 Titles I Currently Can’t Wait To Read
If I had to choose between binge watching tv or binge reading a good book, I’d choose the book every time!
& my list of must-reads is always growing. From professional development & personal growth, to biographies & novels worth binging… here’s the list of titles I currently can’t wait to read:
Everything is Figureoutable, by Marie Forleo
I had to take a break from all the professional development & personal growth books in 2019… I started getting panicky & feeling pressured to do more, do more, do more. While I love books that spark new ideas & my entrepreneurial heart loves diving into reads that make me reach for the starts, I was shaming myself into feeling less then.
BUT, it’s a new year – new decade, & I’m currently craving an outlet that’s going to get my creative juices going… so bring it on! Marie Forleo has been my go-to girl for the good stuff, with her B School, the Marie Forleo Podcast, & MarieTV, so I eagerly anticipated the release of this title!
“If you’re having trouble solving a problem or reaching a dream, the problem isn’t you. It’s that you haven’t yet installed the one belief that changes everything.
Whether you want to leave a dead end job, break an addiction, learn to dance, heal a relationship, or grow a business, Everything is Figureoutable will show you how.”
Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow
A girlfriend has been telling me to pick up this book for months, & how gorgeous is this cover?!
“In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, & utterly out of place.
Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, & tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure & danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world & January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own.”
Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
I feel like every book club in America was buzzing about Educated in 2019, & every time I made a post asking for book suggestions, this one always came up. When I saw it pop up on Obama’s favorite books of 2019 list, I decided I needed to (finally!) make this title a top priority.
“Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, & no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans & across continents, to Harvard & to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.”
Madam Secretary: A Memoir, by Madeline Korbel Albright
One of my favorite questions to ask when I meet people I admire is, “What books have you found most influential?” A mentor of mine, who’s one heck of an influential woman, has recommended this one to me time & time again.
“Madam Secretary is a riveting account of the life of America’s first woman Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright. For eight years, during Bill Clinton’s two presidential terms, Albright was a high-level participant in some of the most dramatic events of our time—from the pursuit of peace in the Middle East to NATO’s intervention in the Balkans to America’s troubled relations with Iran & Iraq. In this thoughtful memoir, one of the most admired women in U.S. history reflects on her remarkable personal story, including her upbringing in war-torn Europe & the balancing of career & family responsibilities, & on America’s leading role in a changing world.”
Three Women, by Lisa Taddeo
Another book that’s been on my “must-read” list for awhile now…
“In suburban Indiana we meet Lina, a homemaker & mother of two whose marriage, after a decade, has lost its passion. Starved for affection, Lina battles daily panic attacks &, after reconnecting with an old flame through social media, embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming. In North Dakota we meet Maggie, a seventeen-year-old high school student who allegedly has a clandestine physical relationship with her handsome, married English teacher; the ensuing criminal trial will turn their quiet community upside down. Finally, in an exclusive enclave of the Northeast, we meet Sloane—a gorgeous, successful, & refined restaurant owner—who is happily married to a man who likes to watch her have sex with other men & women.”
Red at the Bone, by Jacqueline Woodson
OK, I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover… but, if I’m being honest, this beautiful colorful cover is what caught my eye first! & when I read the reviews, well I knew I needed to download it asap.
“Moving forward & backward in time, Jacqueline Woodson’s taut & powerful new novel uncovers the role that history & community have played in the experiences, decisions, & relationships of these families, & in the life of the new child.
As the book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody’s coming of age ceremony in her grandparents’ Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives & friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. But the event is not without poignancy. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured & sewn for a different wearer: Melody’s mother, for her own ceremony– a celebration that ultimately never took place.
Unfurling the history of Melody’s parents & grandparents to show how they all arrived at this moment, Woodson considers not just their ambitions & successes but also the costs, the tolls they’ve paid for striving to overcome expectations & escape the pull of history. As it explores sexual desire & identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class & status, & the life-altering facts of parenthood, Red at the Bone most strikingly looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives–even before they have begun to figure out who they are & what they want to be.”