October 06, 2017

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Having a designated reading list this past summer was SO good for me! I love, LOVE to read. However, I’m often the person who starts reading a book and then just never finishes them. But, I’ve found that having a reading list keeps me going. And, it helps keep me interested because I always know there’s something new and fresh coming up soon! So tackling a Fall Reading List it is!

I changed things up a bit this go around! I tackled 25 books this past summer, which worked well with vacation being thrown in the mix. However, this fall is a bit busier for us so I had to cut it down some! I also like the thrill of not having to read a set number of each genre and adding in some new stuff that’s not usually forte! Anyways, here we go! What I’m reading this fall!! 

PS. If you skip through some of this and don’t make it to the end, I’d love to hear what you’re reading or what you might be picking off this list to read in the comments below!!


Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

This book is on all the “must read” lists for Fall. So, naturally it made it on my list too along with everyone else in Henrico County it seems. I’m currently 39th out of 78 people who have this book on hold at our local library. Crossing my fingers that the 38 other people before me read this thing in lightning speed so that I can read it within this season! 

The plot line reminds me of a Liane Moriarty book. A single mother, Mia, moves to a quaint suburb with her teenage daughter, Pearl and rents a house from a “picture-perfect”, well known family (the Richardsons) within the neighborhood. Their families become super close. But Mia brings with her a mysterious past and tendency to go against the grain within the community. This leaves Mrs. Richardson interested in what she’s hiding.

What Alice Forgot – Liane Moriarty

I love her books and I hate them all at the same time. But here we are again with one on the list, haha! This is by far the most recommended book by her to me so I’m excited to dive in! 

Alice is married and pregnant with her first child. She falls somehow at the gym and wakes up as she’s being whisked away to the hospital. Here she finds out she’s actually getting a divorce, has three kids, and is 39 years old. Now she’s left to pick up the pieces and figure out exactly what happened from then until now.

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

This is another book that my good friend Rachel greatly recommended. I’ve already started it and I’m already intrigued. It’s super relevant to issues that we’re currently facing as a country in relation to race, diversity, and police brutality and why all of that really matters to all of us. And why it’s up to us to truly rewrite the narrative


Shattered: Less in Survival & Strength: One Woman’s Journey Through Accepting Guilt, Surviving Prison, and Finding Strength on the Other Side – Jessica Rasdall

I met Jessica at the Creative at Heart conference in August during one of the breakout sessions. I didn’t know anything about her story before I met her. However, after attending her session, I was super intrigued. She had mentioned that she had a book coming out soon. So I looked it up once I got home and ordered it shortly after it was released. 

I finished her book in one day. I don’t want to give too much of it away before you read it, but seriously. Just read it. Never have I ever read a book and truly believed that bad things happen to good people. And that good people can still make bad choices – but that doesn’t make them a bad person. Read this book. And then pass it along to every high schooler or college student that you know.

Braving the Wilderness – Brene Brown

Brene is my girl. I feel like everything she writes is pure gold and so relevant to me no matter what the topic. She just released this book that challenges you to show up as who you truly are and “brave the wilderness” of uncertainty or criticism rather than just trying to fit in. I already can’t wait to dive in! 


Dot Com Secrets – Russell Brunson

Ty read this book while we were on vacation this summer with our families! And for this man who doesn’t read, he is STILL raving over this one. That’s how I know it’s good, haha! So I promised him I’d read it this fall to see what all his hype is about!

All I know is that this book has a lot of marketing lingo inside it’s covers! 

Real Artists Don’t Starve – Jeff Goins

I’ll be honest, the title of this book is what initially drew me to it! Which I’m sure is all a part of the marketing! Jeff debunks the myth of “starving artist” and shows real strategies to create a thriving business. 


What Happened – Hillary Clinton

I’m not usually interested in politically driven books. However, I do have a very curious spirit. So, when I saw this listed on all the “must read Fall 2017” lists, I added it to mine as well. 

Inside this book, Hillary walks you through her experiences of being the first woman nominated by a major party and everything she went through from the campaign, to the election, and now the aftermath. As a person who really cares about people being “people”, I’m excited to dive more into this one to hear more from Hillary’s side of the story. 

What Made Maddy Run – Kate Fagan

I have a feeling that this book is going to be hard for me to get through. In my early 20s, I mentored a girl who struggled with suicide ideation and suicidal tendencies. Ever since that experience, I’ve always tried to learn as much as I can about mental illness to be more equipped, educated, and simply experienced to help if the opportunity ever presents itself again. 

This book is about Maddy Holleran, a 19-year-old college freshman at an Ivy league school. She was recruited onto the track team. It tells Maddy’s story. Her struggle with depression, the difficulties and pressure faced by young people (specifically college athletes) and the effects of social media in ones life. 

Christian Life

Unseen: The Gift of Being Hidden in a World that Loves to be Noticed – Sara Hagerty

I feel like this is the most talked about Christian book of the summer. So many of my friends read it, are reading it, or are talking about reading it. After reading a blog post written by my sweet friend Meg, I knew I had to put this one on my list as well! 

A big question that Hagerty poses in this book is “When no one else applauds you, when it makes no sense, when you see no results—will you waste your love on Me?” This just might be the book I’m most excited about reading.

Of Mess and Moxie – Jen Hatmaker

I heard the most about this book from all of my mom friends but I’m equally excited to dig in as a kidless woman!

Jen is one of my favorite authors because she writes just like she talks – with lots of humor, whit, and vulnerability wrapped within the pages of all of her books! In this book in particular, she encourages women to find joy in the mess that sometimes is life. I’m rocking the audio book on this on and already loving it!

She’s Still There: Rescuing the Girl in You – Chrystal Evans Hurst

This book was never recommended to me. I didn’t find it on a “must read” list. And truth be told, I’ve never even heard anyone talk about it. But, I stumbled upon it in the “customers also bought” section on Amazon and was intrigued by this paragraph –

“What’s a woman to do if her life is not taking shape the way that she thought that it would? What happens when she looks at herself in the mirror, lingering just a little longer than usual and realizes that she no longer recognizes the person staring back at her? What does she do when she sees that, somehow, her life has drifted away from all her original hopes, dreams, or plans?”

Excited to read this one!

Mystery – A few weeks ago I posted a question on Facebook asking for some mystery/suspense recommendations. I usually would steer clear of these types of books, but it’s fall and such, so why not? Here we go with the top 3 recommended to me!

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

When the movie for this book came out last year I 100% was like NOPE. Never seeing that, nope, nope, nope. Well, books feel a little differently to me because it’s not like “images” are forever ingrained in my mind like a movie is. So, I’m giving this one a go.

Plot line – Rachel catches a glimpse of a couple on her commute on the train every day. One day she witnesses something strange happen in the couple’s backyard and immediately tells the police – specifically because she thinks the girl is missing or has died. 

No One Knows – JT Ellison

I’ve started this one. So far, I don’t know how I feel about it. Lots of cliffhangers, lots of descriptive scenes that I’m not crazy to know about as a reader. BUT, alas, I’m still going to give it a shot.

Essentially, a woman’s husband never shows up to a bachelor party that he was supposed to attend and no one knows why. He’s officially declared deceased by the state of Tennessee after five years of the case being open with no leads. And his wife is devastated. At the same time, she’s seeing a mysterious yet familiar figure appearing in her life, and she questions – is it him?

The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware

Literally, the most UNLIKELY book to ever grace reading list because I love cruises. And I’m mostly just hoping this book doesn’t taint that for me.

Lo Blacklock is a journalist for a travel magazine and has been given an assignment onboard a luxury cruise ship. She witnesses a woman being thrown overboard…except, everyone remains accounted for on the ship as if nothing ever happened. …literally already feel like I’m having nightmares about this one. BUT, everyone swears it’s not “scary” just “thrilling. We’ll see how this goes!

And there you have it! So friends, what are you reading? Snagging any off this list?

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A true sweetheart from Southwestern VA, Ash spent many Sundays after church sitting around the table with her grandparents, listening to stories about the “good ‘ole days”. A talented visionary with a true heart for people, she’s likely to be found reading, writing, and planning away.

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