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See what we have been reading in 2016, plus reviews of our favorites!!

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Lauren's Favorites:

Better Than Before By Gretchen Rubin I started with The Happiness Project and fell in love with her amazing work! Better Than Before was life-changing for me. I identify as a "questioner" within her framework, learning this information about myself was invaluable. I have created mantras for myself from this text. I can't say enough about it. You have to try it. I highly recommend all of her work!!

Better Than Before

By Gretchen Rubin

I started with The Happiness Project and fell in love with her amazing work! Better Than Before was life-changing for me. I identify as a "questioner" within her framework, learning this information about myself was invaluable. I have created mantras for myself from this text. I can't say enough about it. You have to try it.

I highly recommend all of her work!!

Carry On, Warrior By Glennon Doyle Melton Wow. Glennon is a magician with words. These thoughts/stories are raw, rich, honest, beautiful, any everything else great. I got all the feels. Would make a great gift. My favorite essay was "Brave is a Decision". I loved the section about her sister/how to be there for someone who is having pain. Also, LOVED her new book, Love Warrior.

Carry On, Warrior

By Glennon Doyle Melton

Wow. Glennon is a magician with words. These thoughts/stories are raw, rich, honest, beautiful, any everything else great. I got all the feels. Would make a great gift. My favorite essay was "Brave is a Decision". I loved the section about her sister/how to be there for someone who is having pain. Also, LOVED her new book, Love Warrior.

Big Magic By Elizabeth Gilbert This is my bible. No kidding, this resonated with me more than anything ever. If you are in any way creative, which I believe everyone is, this is sooo worth your time. It's inspiring as HELL. I loved every word, have re-read this, in pieces, over and over again, and have shared it with a billion people. Ugh, it's delicious!

Big Magic

By Elizabeth Gilbert

This is my bible. No kidding, this resonated with me more than anything ever. If you are in any way creative, which I believe everyone is, this is sooo worth your time. It's inspiring as HELL.

I loved every word, have re-read this, in pieces, over and over again, and have shared it with a billion people. Ugh, it's delicious!

10% Happier By: Dan Harris I picked this up at the library in hardcover, tried to get through the first 30 pages and struggled; the first few chapters are background with heavy shop talk about his career in network T.V. I decided to return the hardcover and rented the audio instead. I LOVED to hear him tell his story and the science woven through really made this a winner. It inspired me to try something new, meditation. I loved his perspective as a prior skeptic. I don't meditate on a very regular basis or in a very strict manner but I really value the time I do spend trying to improve this skill.

10% Happier

By: Dan Harris

I picked this up at the library in hardcover, tried to get through the first 30 pages and struggled; the first few chapters are background with heavy shop talk about his career in network T.V. I decided to return the hardcover and rented the audio instead. I LOVED to hear him tell his story and the science woven through really made this a winner. It inspired me to try something new, meditation. I loved his perspective as a prior skeptic. I don't meditate on a very regular basis or in a very strict manner but I really value the time I do spend trying to improve this skill.

Tiny Beautiful Things By Cheryl Strayed This book is a collection of Cheryl responses from the archives of Dear Sugar. Her story is fascinating to me; she recall an experience from her life, reflect on what she learned from it, and then translate it into beautiful advice for another person. So much of this advice can be applied to anyone's situations. This book would also make a great gift, I enjoyed it all the way through.

Tiny Beautiful Things

By Cheryl Strayed

This book is a collection of Cheryl responses from the archives of Dear Sugar. Her story is fascinating to me; she recall an experience from her life, reflect on what she learned from it, and then translate it into beautiful advice for another person. So much of this advice can be applied to anyone's situations. This book would also make a great gift, I enjoyed it all the way through.

Essentialism By Greg McKeown Talk about life-changing. None of the information is "rocket science" but it is organized and stated so simply that it helps you use the information more practically. This helped me narrow in on the bulls-eyes of what things are important to me and what I want to focus my energy on. It is excellent and I am not alone in this recommendation; I have heard so many people mention their love for his work.

Essentialism

By Greg McKeown

Talk about life-changing. None of the information is "rocket science" but it is organized and stated so simply that it helps you use the information more practically. This helped me narrow in on the bulls-eyes of what things are important to me and what I want to focus my energy on. It is excellent and I am not alone in this recommendation; I have heard so many people mention their love for his work.

Chi Chi's Favorites:

Books I have read in 2017, so far...

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*see full review in favorites, above

  • Help Thanks Wow by Anne Lamott
  • Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling

2016 list

Some other children's books we have been really enjoying this year:

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