Hello old friends.
It has been a minute since I’ve written, and let me tell you, there is so much to share.
I am beside myself with joy knowing the kids are back in the classroom and I know for a fact I am not the only one who feels this way.
This reinstatement of normalcy has put a little pep back into everyone’s step and for many, it has also allowed for more me-time, which for me, includes things like meditation, pilates, and of course my favorite kind of me-time, more reading!
Alas, I am in a good book phase. (You know. The period of time after your reading drought where you are captivated by every single thing you pick up.)
I swear our end-of-summer trip to Diamond Island always kickstarts this phase, or perhaps it’s just because fall is knocking at all of our doors and the idea of crunchy leaves and football also means more books.
With that, I am sharing our newest book list with you. Actually, WE are sharing because some of these picks came from my sis.
We are across the board in genres but promise these books are so good you will only want to curl up under a cozy blanket by candlelight and read until your heart’s content.
Be sure to tune in to this episode of Cozy Conversations on tips, tricks, and advice on how to actually remember what you read. This is a really good one!
I was perusing the Target bookshelves when I came across Circe. Yes, I judged this book by its cover. I am not one to choose Greek Mythology, but Circe has a backstory with witchcraft and dabbling with mortals. I was hooked and it was so good to the very last word.
Have you ever had a book hangover? The thing that happens after you read a book so good you can’t read anything else after for a bit because you will compare everything to it and NOTHING will compare. This book is so fucked up and suspenseful, I literally could not put it down nor could I close my mouth. At every twist and turn, I was filled with suspense.
P.S. Stay tuned for our Cozy Conversation with author Colleen Hoover coming later this year.
As humans, we all have our own way of thinking but the beauty of thinking is that we can change the way we think. We can nurture our brains, think deeper, become more open-minded. Learn how to see things from another perspective.
This is the type of book you pick up with a highlighter, read a few pages at a time, and think…how can I implement this perspective into my daily thoughts. How can I look at the world and instances in my life a little differently? I highly recommend this book for anyone looking to develop a deeper sense of thought into their everyday.
And remember, you are not your thoughts.
Recommended by Lauren.
As we near the 20th anniversary of the most devasting day in US history, I felt compelled to read this oral history of 9/11. Indeed it is an extremely heavy and hard read but an important one. It’s filled with massive heartbreak, incredible courage, and stories of heroes, both civilians and first responders, that need to be told for all to hear.
It is a true depiction of what humans are capable of when faced with the unimaginable. In 2001, after the attacks, we were so united as a country which is a stark contrast to how our nation is responding to the pandemic. The Only Plane In The Sky will make you never forget what unfolded that day and offers hope to how we can all come together in an effort to get through exceptionally trying times.
Recommended by Lauren.
I read this book after I stopped working full-time. That book was the single first time I felt heard and validated about my own personal feelings about the unfair pressure and standards we women are held to. Every word of this conversation resonated with me. I see more clearly now having read it. This is an anthem for all women.
By far one of the best books I have read all year. A family saga spanning over the course of 100 years and three generations of Greenwoods. The theme throughout is trees. This book left me with a deeper appreciation for every tree I pass as well as a sense of sadness and the realization that our ecosystem and the health of the environment are hanging in the balance. This one will be one you will stay up too late reading and reflecting on for days after.
Two days. That is how long it took me to read this book that I now call my bible. The four agreements are based upon ancient Toltec wisdom. #1. Be Impeccable With Your Word. #2. Don’t Take Anything Personally #3. Don’t Make Assumptions #4. Always Do Your Best.
Click here for an entire Cozy Conversation about this book.
After having read The Four Agreements, I now apply at least one of the agreements written about in this book daily, if not more. It has affected my relationships and perspective on almost everything. A must-read.
Here is a love story that is so imperfect it makes it that much more beautiful. Set in Cannes in the 1950s, this whirlwind romance between a perfume maker, Sophie Duval, and a British photographer, James Henderson, happens simultaneously as Princess Grace Kelly’s love affair and marriage to Monaco’s Prince Rainier.
The story unfolds during the Cannes Film Festival when Grace runs into Sophie’s shop looking to take cover from a pesky paparazzo. Little does anyone know that this fateful day will lead to another extraordinary love affair.
Tears squirted out of my eyes at the end of this one – such a fabulous, romantic read.
Recommended by Lauren.
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And lastly, be sure to tune into our podcast, Cozy Conversations with The Sister Project, for all of our tips, banter, and more!