I want to start off the year (every year) with books that give me new insight into my own self and new ways of seeing the world around me. Perspective shifting, creativity boosting, and wholeness seeking are my jam, especially as we fire up a new calendar.
Here’s what I’m reading to kick off the year.
Fresh Start, Fresh Books
Tell Me More
Kelly Corrigan’s Tell Me More, because these might really be the 12 hardest things we all have to say. I cried through the last two chapters, is all I’m saying.
How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t
Andrea Owen’s How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t, because it reminds me of Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass and You Are a Badass at Making Money, both of which I read and found to be eye-opening last year.
The Memoir Project
Marion Roach Smith’s Memoir Project, my creativity booster for the new year.
The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, because I want to see things from another perspective and I’ve heard this one should be required reading for humans. (It’s a Young Adult novel.)
Theft By Finding: Diaries
David Sedaris’s Theft By Finding: Diaries because it’s David Sedaris, come on. But also because journals and diaries are a fascinating way to peek into someone’s life and see what they choose to remember. (I have Joan Didion’s South and West on hold at the library for the same reason.)
Rereading & Reimagining
P.S. – What I’m planning to reread right away this year:
Dani Shapiro’s Hourglass, because I want to reflect again (and again) on memory, marriage, and time.
Amanda Palmer’s The Art of Asking, because there’s hope and power in Amanda’s perspective on community and connection.
And Brené Brown’s Rising Strong, because I think it’s my very favorite of Brené’s books. Or maybe it’s just the one I need the most. (I am good at the falling before the rising, is what I am saying.)