One of the ways I nourish my own heart and soul is with a good book. Be it fiction or nonfiction, I’m a reader. In fact, I was born a reader but my mother cultivated a love of books in me as I was growing up. It’s the reason I studied English in college, and it’s a rare day that I’m not reading, especially as I now teach it.
I even have a manifesto as a reader, teacher, human being, and sometimes podcaster.
I believe in the power of story.
Stories have the power to heal.
Stories have the power to change us.
Stories make us laugh, cry, yearn, and offer us escape.
Stories find us when we need them the most.
We all have stories in and around us. It’s just up to us to live them.
But anyway, to keep this post short and sweet like most favorites lists are, I thought I’d start sharing some of the books I’m reading with you because part of believing in the power of story is sharing good reads with others so they can experience the power of story! (Plus, I admit, I really like all the “things I’m loving lately” and “links around the web” posts that bloggers often post. I LOVE lists just about as much as I love reading!)
Fair warning, you’ll be seeing lots of middle grade and young adult fiction in my recommendations though because that’s really just about the majority of what I read (i.e I’m a Jr. High English teacher and aspiring children’s novelist) but you’ll also find some nonfiction as well. And, I’m always on the lookout for a good fiction story!
This weekend I’m jumping back into:
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
My husband bought this for me a few months ago and I’m just now getting ready to read it! He’s slowly turning me into a sci-fi nerd!
A young adult, science-fiction novel set in the year 2575. The story starts with Kady breaking up with her boyfriend Ezra and you think it might be a normal teenage story. But then, her planet gets invaded and the two are forced to evacuate. Like any good sci-fi, there’s more problems: plagues, AI gone wrong, AND the whole book is told through a series of files, images, emails, and text conversations.
The Changlings by Christina Soontornvat
I LOVE anything about Faeries, especially traditional Fae lore.
A middle-grade fantasy set mostly in the land of Faerie. Izzy and Hen just moved into a small and boring town. That is until they keep hearing they live next door to a witch. One day, Hen disappears in the woods and Izzy watches her neighbor follow after–right through a door into Faerie. She discovers Hen has been kidnapped due to the right of the Changelings, only no one was given up in her place. Izzy bands together with a bunch of rogue Changelings and they set-out on a rescue mission to save Hen.
The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook by
Mickey Trescott & Angie Alt
Thankfully, I don’t have an autoimmune disorder, but I’m so curious about how to treat different illness with food and lifestyle. I picked this up for more knowledge and self-study.
From the website: “a comprehensive guide to living healthfully with autoimmune disease.” While conventional medicine is limited to medication or even surgical fixes, Trescott and Alt introduce a complementary solution that focuses on seven key steps to recovery: inform, collaborate, nourish, rest, breathe, move, and connect.”
That’s it for my weekend what about yours?
I’d love to know what’s on your bookshelf these days! Let me know in the comments!