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Book Recommendations In Honor Of World Book Day

Today is World Book Day! One of my goals this year is to read more books, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites. From fiction to non-fiction, self-help to poetry... there’s a little bit of everything!


Love Does, by Bob Goff

This is my FAVORITE book of all time. Bob Goff and his family live a fascinating, whimsical life, and he shares stories from their journey throughout the book. Bob believes “Love Does,” and you’ll see examples of this in each chapter. 


Everybody Always, by Bob Goff

Bob's most recent book is called Everybody Always, and it’s another one I highly recommend reading. It’s a follow-up to his first book, and he writes about how we should love everybody, always, no matter the situation. 


Where The Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens

I haven’t loved a fiction book this much in a long time! This is a coming-of-age story, with a mixture of nature and even possible murder. Throughout the book, you’ll follow the story of Kya, the mysterious “Marsh Girl” of Barkley Cove. This is a book I couldn’t put down once I started reading it. 


Educated, by Tara Westover

This was my number one favorite read from last year, and it’s definitely in my top five favorite books of all time. This is a true story about the author, Tara Westover, and her life growing up in a survivalist family in the mountains of Idaho. It was fascinating and eye-opening to read about her family’s lifestyle. Education is a major topic in this book, and you’ll follow Tara’s journey as she pursues her own education. 


Reading People, by Anne Bogel

If you love personality tests, you will love this book. Anne Bogel explains the Enneagram, Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder and other personality tests that help us define our personal traits. 


Truth Worth Telling, by Scott Pelley

Scott Pelley is a true storyteller, and this book is proof. He pulls the reader into his journalistic world, telling stories of major world events that he has covered throughout his lifetime. There’s one particular chapter dedicated to the events of 9/11, and it truly pulls at your heartstrings. This is also a great book to listen to in audiobook form because Scott gives a captivating narration. 


The Moment Of Lift, by Melinda Gates

This book is filled with women empowerment, and it gives ways that we can positively impact the world. Throughout this book, Melinda Gates shares personal stories and conversations she’s had with women from across the world.


Gmorning, Gnight! Little Pep Talks For Me And You, by Lin-Manuel Miranda 

This book is for my poetry-lovers— Lin-Manuel Miranda shares beautiful, uplifting poems that are sure to boost your spirits. He shares encouraging words for the beginning and the end of each day. This is the kind of book you want to pick up and read after having a tough day. 


Girl, Stop Apologizing, by Rachel Hollis

In this book, Rachel Hollis gives tips on how to live a shame-free life and believe in yourself as you pursue your dreams. This is a great book for anyone who may need a little encouragement. 



The Finnish Way, by Katja Pantzar

I never expected to like this book so much, but it was a game-changer! The author shares her story of moving to Finland and how her lifestyle made a drastic change. She discovered a happier, simpler, healthier way of living, and she shares tips with the reader on how to live like the Finnish people. You will learn what the word “Sisu” means, and how it’s incorporated into the Finnish culture. 


Tuesday’s With Morrie, by Mitch Albom

This is an older book, but I just got around to reading it. I’m so glad I did! This true story is a tear-jerker... Mitch Albom shares about his experience in rekindling a friendship with one of his dear college mentors and professors. That professor, Morrie, teaches him one last time, with lessons about how to live. This book makes you think about the people who have made an impact on your life, and also how you shouldn’t take life for granted. 


Braving The Wilderness, by Brené Brown

I’m a huge fan of Brené Brown, and this book lived up to my expectations. She shares about vulnerability, courage, disconnection and true belonging. “True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.” I highly recommend any of her other books, as I’ve enjoyed reading most of them already.