All the girls on my team love reading! Today we are all sharing the best 3 books we’ve read recently. Need a good book recommendation? Check out these titles.
Need some book recommendations? Today my team and I are all sharing our favorite books that we’ve been reading recently. These are all fantastic if you’re looking for a new read!
Merrick’s Book Recommendations
- Thank You For Listening (Julia Whelan). This book is by Julia Whelan, who is one of my all time favorite narrators, so when my sister in law told me she had written a book, I couldn’t reserve it fast enough. Her voice is so amazing, and this one had me laughing and swooning through the whole thing. She is the queen of witty banter, and there is no shortage of that in this book.
- The Flatshare (Beth O’Leary . I think my sister recommended this one, and I think it’s such a fun and clever premise. The main male character, Leon, works nights at the hospital, so he rents out his flat during the night while he’s away to make a few extra bucks. Tiffy becomes his flat mate, sleeping in his bed at night and working during the day, and while they write notes to each other about food in the fridge or a call from a family member, they never meet in person despite their parallel lives. It’s a very clever premise and I just smiled my way through the whole thing.
- Shoe Dog (Phil Knight). This was one of my first reads of the year and I’ve thought about it dozens of times since. It’s an incredible story of how Phil Knight dreamed up and built the brand Nike. As a business owner myself, it was inspiring and honestly depressing, as he tells his story of defeat and triumph. Definitely worth a read!
Laura’s Book Recommendations
- The Hotel Nantucket (Elin Hilderbrand): I LOVED this book! It had a few storylines intertwining and it felt a little overwhelming at first, but it all came together so nicely. This book had me ready for summer and craving a trip to Nantucket! Highly recommend.
- Good Inside (Dr. Becky Kennedy): Have I been living under a rock? Dr. Becky is AMAZING and so many of my friends follow her – I had never heard of her before. This book enlightened me and helped me so much as a mom. A lot of parenting books I read are geared toward older children, but this was great for my phase of life with a young kindergartener, a toddler, and a newborn!
- Carrie Soto is Back (Taylor Jenkins Reid): The whole team is a big fan of Taylor Jenkins Reid. This book was so fun and had me going through a roller coaster of emotions! The character development is great (spoiler: you will NOT like Carrie in the beginning) and the tennis matches had me on the edge of my seat.
Kristy’s Book Recommendations
- Find Your People (Jennie Allen) I was recommended this book by a friend and I loved it! She has written several books and this one is my favorite. Being a mom can be so lonely sometimes. This book reminded me that we don’t have to do it alone. Even though we all have different families, different life experiences, different religious views, we can all come together as friends. We have to work at it and make it happen, but creating and keeping friendships and relationships is so important, even more important as we get older.
- Hold on to your Kids (Gordon Neufeld, PhD and Gabor Mate, MD) I have four kids ranging in ages from 3-14. Sometimes just raising two teenagers, a preteen and a toddler becomes so consuming that it would be so easy to just let them hang with friends and build relationships outside of our home. This book teaches with science and facts the importance of raising children within the family unit. It reminds us of the importance of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and close family friends and adults that we have in our kids lives are so important to teach them. If we let other kids raise our kids they will be missing out on generations of knowledge and in the process never truly learn who they are and who they want and can be. This book is a book that I will definitely read again.
- I was Anastasia (Ariel Lawhon) I love history! If you have watched the Disney movie Anastasia or know anything about the mystery surrounding the Romanovs, you will love this book! It is the story of Anastasia, and is told from a woman who has lived in hiding but is thought to be the missing Duchess. She tells the story of her life and it is left for the reader to decide if its really her or if she is an imposter.
Shelby’s Book Recommendations
- A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder Series (Holly Jackson): I just finished this series and it was a great read! I’m a total wimp when it comes to true crime type stories, but this was the perfect mix of suspense and mystery. The first book was my favorite, but I enjoyed keeping up with the characters and seeing how the author took the story in the next two. It was so different from the books I usually read and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time!
- All Thirteen (Christina Soontornvat): This nonfiction book tells the true story of the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue. The author includes photos and diagrams and writes in such an engaging style- I couldn’t put it down! It was such an inspiring story of people from all over the world coming together for a common cause.
- The Bodyguard (Katherine Center): This book was just so much fun! As the back of the book explains, Hannah looks like she could be a kindergarten teacher, but she’s really a bodyguard who has just been assigned to protect Jack, a superstar actor. It’s a classic movie star rom com story, but there are a couple twists thrown in, some fun dialogue, and all in all just a fun, feel-good, enjoyable read.