What’s on our shelf? Our favorite reads this fall.
Fall is finally here and we cannot be more thrilled! With the cooler weather and a lot of pumpkin spice, it is our favorite time to cuddle up with a good book. We are thrilled to share with you our favorite books of the season and why we can’t put them down!
What’s On My Shelf
The amount of people that told me I needed to read, “Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life” by Henry Cloud proved to me that I had to make the investment.The title immediately got me as I realized I truly did not know how to set boundaries, the personal property lines that define who you are and who you are not, in my life – physically, emotionally and spiritually. This book takes you through all the areas of your life and shows you how to set limits and still be a loving person! I believe this book can tremendously help everyone who reads it as it unpacks the 10 laws of boundaries and truly makes you take a look at yourself and how you live your life. Go grab your copy and let me know how much you love it!
What’s On Heather’s Shelf
My oldest son, Dixon, is consuming poetry at lightning speed these days. He’s discovered Kwame Alexander and it’s as if he’s realized there’s a whole new secret world out there that he’s just found. He’s walking around the house reciting Kwame’s poems like their lyrics to a song. It reminded me how much I love to read poetry so I pulled out my Mary Oliver “Devotions” book and I’ve been reflecting on her cadence and word selection and how each poem is perfectly timed. I discovered Mary later in life when a friend who teaches English shared her with me.
Immediately memories of when I was a student at the University of Georgia and I would sit in the Founders Garden in between classes came to mind. This gorgeous gem on campus is hidden to most, but it’s where I read Wendell Berry and Robert Penn Warren and escaped from the every day those college years. Mary Oliver won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1984 and “Devotions” is a collection of her poems that she hand selected. It’s a treasure.
It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
What’s on Trisha’s Shelf
I am all about efficiency. Maybe it’s the Enneagram three in me, but if I’m walking through a tough season or a trying time in parenting, I immediately look for a book on the topic (read: how can I get out of this hard time as quickly and efficiently as possible?!) I’m learning, however, that God sometimes grows us in the wait and struggle. In this season, I just needed a fun fiction book that was easy, not heavy and sweet. I found what I was looking for in “Love Story.” Listen, my people are all about Karen Kingsbury’s Baxter family series. I am late to hop on the bandwagon and found LOVE STORY to be the perfect introduction to the Baxters, as Karen catches readers up on the backstory and introduces new characters. Like us, the characters in LOVE STORY have experienced hard diagnoses, loss, new beginnings and mess ups, but their experiences weave together to create an amazing love story full of grace and redemption. Light the pumpkin spice candle, pull up a soft blanket and curl up to LOVE STORY this Fall.
What’s On Kerry’s Shelf
At this point, I will basically do anything Reese Witherspoon tells me to do. So when she recommended “The Rules of Magic” by Alice Hoffman last year, I wasted exactly zero seconds before adding the book to my Amazon basket. “Practical Magic” is one of my all-time favorite books and movies so that, too, made this book an easy choice. It was released in September 2017, so this is not a new read, but it is a much-anticipated re-read on my shelf. As the nights cool down and my fall candles make their appearance, I will most certainly by reaching for this quick, mysterious and haunting read. This book serves as a prequel to “Practical Magic,” sharing the story of the curse of Owens women – a curse that enables the men they love to stick around. Grab a cozy blanket, a glass of red wine and your tissues because this is the perfect Halloween read.
What’s On Devin Lee’s Shelf
I’m behind on the audiobook trend but now I can’t stop. When I downloaded my first book, I thought there is no way I’ll finish this TEN HOUR book but boy was I wrong. I got hooked and found myself listening while driving, working, walking my dog, cooking, etc! My recent read was “When Life Gives You Luluemons” and Y’ALL STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND READ THIS BOOK. This sequel to the Devil Wears Prada, follows Marianna Priestly’s aggressive assistant Emily Charlton as she navigates her new career as an image consultant to the Hollywood stars. This book has dirty politicians, babies, suburban moms and the same cube of cheese eating sense of humor we’ve missed.
What’s on Summer’s Shelf
So I am going to go a little different with a poetry collection from Rupi Kaur. Recently I have been big into poetry, although the content is heavy, it is nice to finish a collection in a lunch break! “The Sun and Her Flowers” is the second poetry collection following Kaur’s “Milk and Honey” poetry collection. Back when “Milk and Honey” and then “The Sun and Her Flowers” were published it was all the rave among my friends but I never got around to reading them and I am so glad I finally did! This poetry collection really dives into the journey of growth and healing, I highly recommend!
We would love to hear “what is on YOUR shelf!” What books are you excited to dive into this month and which ones can you not put down? We hope you give yourself time to read and invest in yourself this fall!