I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai— if you chose to read one book on this list, pick this one. Seriously. The story of the teenager who won the Nobel Peace Prize. It is a striking memoir told by her about her family, the rise of the Taliban, and her life in Pakistan. Read this. To have a better understanding of the conflict in the world and the beauty of people’s stories. Wow.
Speak by Nish Weiseth— Ooh I loved this book!! It’s beautifully written about the power of our story and listening to other people’s stories. She was struck by the quote “give me your story, not your sermon” to change her life, her interactions with others, and the importance of everyone’s life story. Highly recommend.
Organized Simplicity by Tsh Oxenreider— FAbulous. homemade recipes for cleaning supplies to a detailed 10 day clean/purge of your home. How to make budgets that encourage simplicity as well as defining your family “purpose” or the purpose of your home/rooms. This was key to our “may spring cleaning” we did this year!
The opposite of spoiled by Ron Leiber — Fascinating read! Good overarching theme of how to talk to our kids (and others) about money. Addresses everything from how it has changed (all online statements, credit vs cash spending, cost of college, cost of sports) to practical ideas (allowance, chores, gifts, tooth fairy). It was a great conversation starter for us!
Women are Scary by Melanie Dale — the subtitle of this book is “the totally awkward adventure of finding mom friends”. This book is absolutely hilarious. Written for moms, it goes through the different “stages” of finding new friends and maneuvering first outings and impressions and playdates and….well all of it. It’s written in humor form as well so I loved sitting down and smiling through the whole thing! Totally recommend it to moms.
Savor by Shauna Niequist — I love anything by this author, and her new devotional book is beautiful. Excerpts from previous books as well as new writings, it’s really good.
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young — with almost 10k reviews on amazon and still FIVE STARS, I finally was able to read this last month. It’s a daily devotional, but written as the perspective of God via quoting modern-worded scripture in first person. It’s beautiful. I read it like a book because I couldn’t put it down. A fresh look at my life through God’s word.
Divergent by Veronica Roth— I’m a bit behind with the times, but I finally checked out this book. It was the only fiction book I read and I was surprised how quickly I devoured it! Well written.