Is one of your 2017 goals to reduce stress and have more "me time?"
Are you searching for ways to invest in yourself?
If so, try reading. Reading is relaxing. You're reading this blog post, so that's a head start. Look at you go! Let's dive (like you would into a Xorbee) into a few of the books you should be reading in 2017.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
by Elizabeth Gilbert
From the author of Eat, Pray, Love, this book encourages you to find the hidden talent you have inside of you, the talent that's in your soul. How do we know what that talent is? According to Gilbert, it's whatever we can't stop thinking about in our spare time, the healthy thing we're obsessed with doing.
Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits—to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life
by Gretchen Rubin
Here's a great book to start out the new year. The content is inspiring and real about habits. Apple iBooks says: “It’s exciting to find a self-help book that’s not only full of eye-opening insight but also provides practical tips to help you procrastinate and stress less, exercise and eat more healthfully, and spend time on activities that matter."
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins
A New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, and now a major motion picture, you need to read the book before seeing the movie. Rachel (played by Emily Blunt in the film), lives every day the same. She navigates the same 9-5 commute every day and passes the same familiar places and people. But one day she witnesses something shocking. The ensuing story brings the police and dark secrets of a suburban couple into Rachel's life. What was once a simple, perhaps mundane life, is now complicated. This is a psychological thriller that will leave you turning pages as fast a train goes by. From the USA Today review: "Marries movie noir with novelistic trickery ... hang on tight ... You'll be surprised by what horrors lurk around the bend."
Red Sparrow: A Novel
by Jason Matthews
Written by a former CIA insider this spy thriller is set in present day Russia. How's that for topical? Dominika Egorova is drafted against her will to be a trained seductress in the intelligence service. Nathaniel Nash is a CIA officer who handles the most sensitive espionage against the of Russians. The two young intelligence officers forbidden love affair threatens their careers and America's security. The Washington Post calls this a "sublime and sophisticated debut … a first-rate novel as noteworthy for its superior style as for its gripping depiction of a secretive world." The movie starring Jennifer Lawrence is set for release in November of 2017.
The Hogwarts Library Boxed Set Including Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter fans rejoice! Readers will find books cherished by the great library at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. This timeless boxed set collection is the perfect addition to the Harry Potter series which has been treasured by fans for years.
This collection includes Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Quidditch Through the Ages, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. the three volumes expand on the magical world created by Rowling and popularized in the Harry Potter series of books and films.
You can also feel good about yourself: part of the sales are donated to Rowling's charity Lumos; which helps children who are in institutions. For this tome, Rowling also collaborated with Comic Relief Charity to dedicate a portion of sales toward ending poverty. This giant collection is set to be released in March, but most retailers are allowing you to pre-order online.
Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat
by Chrissy Tiegan
Although it may be difficult to trust a cookbook author who happens to be a celebrity and model, this delightful book delivers with taste. Tiegan's cookbook lists sensible and achievable breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes including cheesy, saucy, and spicy favorites. Lets face it, life is about living and delicious food is a wonderful part of the journey. A few of my favorite recipes from Tiegan: Capon's Chrissy Burger, Chipotle Honey Chicken, Roasted Cauliflower, Orzo & Feta Salad, and Lemony Arugula Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe.
The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith
by Champ Thornton
A fun-filled children's book great for ages 8+ who wish to explore the Bible. This book will spark curiosity and also facts about the ancient roots of Christianity. You can start this book anywhere, it's perfect for short reads together. With this book as a resource, kids will learn to trust and stand by Jesus when the universe seems at odds. Young readers are introduced to ancient languages, jewelry making, and fun skills like learning to tell time by the sun. The Radical book for Kids will help create a path of wonder while always seeking God.
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