On Our Bookshelves: Winter (+ Long Weekend) Edition

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Image Credit: Veda House

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January is the one winter month where hibernation is socially acceptable. Most colder months are often pegged with obligations – November has Thanksgiving, December is for the holidays, and come February, well there’s Valentine’s Day (we admittedly take this one or leave it, depending on the year).

Rather than spending your beloved downtime rewatching “Making A Murderer”, turn your eyes – and your mind– to some of the pages we are currently coveting. To help you choose what to read first, we’ve put together a list of our five can’t-miss favorites. So on the last day of this long weekend, pour a cup of tea, curl up, and get ready to start your next book. 

For all who seek to wander:

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“My Life on the Road” by Gloria Steinem

A memoir, travelogue, and a look back at one woman’s incredible life – “My Life on the Road” chronicles the life of the founder of Ms. Magazine and face of the feminist movement, Gloria Steinem. This is a book for all who seek personal growth, travel, and to add a little more wander into their 2016.

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For those who love a good family story:

“The Nest” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Though it won’t be released until March, we’re already excited for this debut read from author Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney. There’s been a lot of buzz about this book, which follows the story of four adult siblings on the cusp of receiving a large, shared inheritance. Dysfunction ensues.

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For all who wish to practice more gratitude:

“When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalinthi

At age 36, neurosurgeon Dr. Paul Kalinthi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. This book chronicles his final months living with his wife, Lucy, and their new baby.

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For anyone seeking encouragement:

“Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes

Producer of successful T.V. shows, mother of three, business owner. Who wouldn’t want to take advice from this woman? “Year of Yes” follows Shonda in a year spent facing her fears and saying yes to life.

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For all who seek a to simplify their lives and decorate with intention:

“Simple Matters: Living with Less and Ending Up with More” by Erin Boyle

Readers of simple living blog Reading My Tea Leaves will recognize the author and her classic, minimal approach to living. Aside from being a helpful read for all who wish to pare down in the new year, “Simple Matters” is also a beautiful book that will look gorgeous on your coffee table – should you choose to keep one.