One of my favorite things to do on a Sunday afternoon is leisurely peruse bookstores. You’d find me in favorite section, Personal Growth, searching through books on how to better my life. On my latest bookstore adventure, I found myself wandering, aisle by aisle, making a list of what I wanted to read, most new books and some older, for the upcoming months.
It’s very unlikely that I’ll get to all of these in the fall, especially because I’m also diving into the Harry Potter series for the first time. (I know, what in the world, right? I’m so behind the times.) But regardless of when I get through them all, I thought it would be fun to share with you what’s on my reading list for the fall season, in case you need some reading inspiration.
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Why are we pretending we can be happy all the time? Mark Manson talks about cutting the crap in this book, and I’m here for it. We could all use some real talk every once in awhile. My friend Mia Goros and I started a book club with some lovely girls who are also interested in personal development and this is our next book choice. So, I’ll be diving into this bad boy first. According to reviews, this book is actually full of actionable advice, even though it’s written with a tongue-in-cheek style.
If you’re not already familiar with Brené Brown, you need to know that she’s the vulnerability guru. I’ve read, and listened to, some of Brené Brown’s work and I’m a big fan of the way she openly and honestly talks about tough topics in ways that are so relatable and approachable. I’m still in need of reading her Rising Strong as well, but I’m looking forward to tackling Braving the Wilderness this season. It’s about finding true belonging in our communities. Also, while looking into this book on Amazon, I stumbled across this amazing review on Amazon called “A clumsy review, from someone who didn’t expect this book to matter…” and I would high recommend reading it. So many feels.
I feel as though Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur’s first collection, made poetry more mainstream and feel more accessible. This one covers her “journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming.” I poured through Milk and Honey within one sitting, so I’m sure I’ll immediately do the same with this one when I get my hands on it.
This book is definitely not new, but I recently decided to add it to my list after seeing it in the resource section in Jen Sincero’s amazing book, You are a Badass. I’ve been wanting to read something from Deepak Chopra for a long time now, and I think this will be a good place to begin. It’s about fulfilling your dreams through seven principles. There’s a brief rundown on the Chopra blog about what the laws are and how you can use the laws throughout each day of your week.
A couple months back, I watched a video with my favorite personal development guru, Byron Katie, and Martha Beck. Martha Beck is a successful life coach, who even runs her own life coaching school. I’m instantly a fan of anyone who practices or follows Byron Katie’s teachings. I read some blog posts from Martha, and knew that I needed to read some more from her. So, hence the reason that Finding Your North Star has made it onto the list. I believe this was also included in You are a Badass and reminded me to make this reading a little more urgent.
Body image is an issue that is important to talk about as it’s a problem for most women, including myself. We’re living in the age of social media, where it’s almost impossible not to compare yourself to everyone else. I’m glad that Roxane Gay is tackling it in her book, Hunger and opening up about her journey on learning to love herself. I enjoyed most of the essays in Bad Feminist, so I think I’ll enjoy reading this one as well.
I’ve been waiting for a new John Green book for at least half a decade, and it’s finally happened. Turtles All The Way Down seemed like a really strange title to me at first, but apparently it’s an old philosophical joke: read about it here if you’re curious. People describes the book as “a tender story about learning how to cope when the world feels out of control.” I feel like we could all use a story about that in this current climate. With politics, natural disasters, and all the violence, I for one could really use some wisdom on how to cope.
Your turn. What are you planning to read this fall?