With each new year we all make resolutions to do things that will improve our overall well-being. If you’re like us, those resolutions usually include reading more.
But, alas, life gets busy and resolutions get put on the back burner... Enter Summer. Summer is almost like a New Year’s of sorts. It seems like anything is possible when the sun is shining bright and makes us want to pick up where we left off on our resolutions. While exercising more and eating healthier are usually the first goals people work towards, often times, intellectual goals can be forgotten about. So our #1 goal here at The House is to squeeze in as much reading as we can this summer. Here’s what on our list
This book focuses on the life and adventures of a young girl named Kya in the swamps of North Carolina. “It’s a painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature…Owens here surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child. And in her isolation that child makes us open our own eyes to the secret wonders—and dangers—of her private world.”
Here at The House, we try to squeeze in at least one book a month. Part of being a Woman of the House means that each month you are gifted a book that is our designated book of the month. It just so happens that this month, Life Will Be The Death of Me by Chelsea Handler is our book of the month. In this book, Handler gives us all a look into her inner thoughts and ramblings, anything from what it would be like to have a woman in the White House, to realizing that she needs to become more politically active. Throughout the book Handler makes self realizations and discovers that it’s time to make some changes in both her personal life and the world.
“This book is a coming of age story centering around Daisy, a girl living in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ’n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.” This book has been praised by authors and magazines alike, and is being turned into a mini-series. It is truly a must read, and at the top of our list.
As women, every now and then we need someone to come along and give us a push, a nudge or a sign that tells us we were made for more. If you are in need of a push, Rachel Hollis is just the person to give you one. Throughout her book, Hollis reinforces that women must stop apologizing for who they are and instead must become who they were meant to be. This book is for anyone who has decided that enough is enough and is ready to take control of their own life.
This story is told through an older woman's perspective, looking back on her younger days and discovers through her journey that one doesn't need to be a good girl to be a good human being. Set in the1940s New York City theatre world,Gilbert's City of Girls is a story about one's desire, happiness and living life to the fullest. This story empowers women as you see the main character work to find courage, love and happiness alike.
Eleanor Oliphant is an introvert. She likes to stay at home eating pizza and drinking vodka over going out to bars. Her life is completely average until she meets Raymond. Raymond helps Eleanor see the value of friendship and human connection. This book is sure to draw any reader in with it’s humor, plot and sweet romance.
Educated is a memoir of Tara Westover’s life. She was seventeen the first time she stepped foot in a classroom. She was born to survivalists and grew up eating canned peaches and preparing for the end of the world. Her father forbade hospitals, and any injuries sustained were treated with herbalism. Despite lacking a formal education, she decided to educate herself and has since traveled around the world and attended multiple Ivy league institutions. Westover’s story shows that with hard work and determination anything is possible. This book is truly a must read.
Bernadette Fox seems to have it all. A lovely home, a supportive husband, and a brilliant daughter, so when she disappears out of the blue, everyone is shocked. Her family then embarks on a journey to figure out where the heck Bernadette went. This book showcases the important role a mother holds and the power of a daughter’s love.
This book is a perfect read for any fans of Greek mythology. It centers around Circe, the goddess of magic and sorcery. The daughter of Helios, Circe is a strong woman who answers to no one. She finds herself attracted to mortals rather than entertaining herself with the gods, which often gets her into trouble. Circe draws the wrath of gods and men and must decide once and for all whether she belongs with the gods she was born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
This is a read for anyone who is struggling to find confidence within themselves. You are a badass and you deserve to know it. This book vows to help you identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that can get in the way of you taking risks, facing your fears, and loving yourself. This book will help you realize your dreams and motivate you to go after them. It will identify goal setting strategies and set you up with the skills you need to follow through on your goals and dreams.
Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think? Leave your book review in the comments below! Any titles you think we should add to our list? We’re always looking for suggestions!
P.S. We’ve linked all titles in this post for your online shopping convenience… however, we do want to remind you to shop small & support your locally owned bookstores! Being a small business owner is h-a-r-d, & we want to encourage you to show them some serious love!