Happy almost New Year! People are always asking for book recommendations so we compiled a well-rounded list for you below. Enjoy!
For creating your New Year’s Resolutions:
The Desire Map by Danielle Laporte
Danielle Laporte is a bit “out there” for my liking but she brings up great points and allows you to hone in on your core desires which translate into all aspects of your life. This is the perfect prerequisite for planning out your New Year’s Resolutions. Danielle will take you step by step to guide you to what you truly desire for 2015.
For a splash of inspiration and gratitude:
2) A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
This story is a tough read in certain moments but I literally couldn’t put it down. Like many of us dream to do, Amanda does. She sets out in her mid 20s to travel and find herself. Into her trip she is held hostage for 460 days, Amanda survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. For me, a House in the Sky is the most motivational, inspiring read to date.
For the Pet Lovers
3) You Had Me at Woof by Julie Klam
This New York Times bestselling You Had Me at Woof is the often-hilarious and always charming story of one woman’s discovery of all she really needed to learn about life through her relationships with her canine companions.
For the Foodies
4) Chloe’s Vegan Italian Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli
While I’m not vegan (or even vegetarian at that), this fun chef creates healthy and easy recipes using minimal ingredients. She even was the winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Oh…and don’t let the focus of pastas and pizzas fool you, this is one healthy cookbook!
For Healthy & Romantic Relationships
5) The Five Love Languages by Gary D Chapman
This book breaks down the barriers we have with communication in relationships. Whether you’re married or single, this book provides great insight to how we show and receive love and can be used in all types of relationships (sisterhood, friends, family, romantic partners).
The Life Changer
6) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
When I heard this book was about a shepherd boy I cringed and said no thank you. After hearing everyone and their mother recommend it and learning the author had sold more than 300 billion copies, I decided to take a second look. This story is all about following your dreams and pursuing your passion. It’s relatable and inspiring and truly a life changer.
If you love Chelsea Handler…
7) Yes Please by Amy Poehler
In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book is full of words to live by.
For the Fitness Fanatics
8) The Women’s Health Big Book of 15 Minute Workouts by Selene Yeager
This book takes you through 15 minute workouts based on core areas of the body you want to focus on. You can focus on just 15 minutes or combine them. This is great for anyone who travels, has a crazy schedule, new moms, on a budget, or just can’t get to the gym.
For the Spiritual
9) Trusting God day by day: 365 Daily Devotions by Joyce Meyer
This quick daily devotional is a great way to start your mornings, creating a positive day ahead.
Grab em’ here!
My Favorite Bookstores:
The Book Loft in German Village
Half Priced books (various locations)
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Grandview Heights Library
Have any other must reads? Leave them in the comment section below!
XOXO THE BEAUTY BARRE