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5 books to start the reading habit again

I read a lot of books.

It’s my sanity. It’s my way of decompressing. It’s my way of exploring the world, both past and present. (All those who can relate, say hey!)

It’s how I never stop learning. It’s how I want to model time management to my girls.

I’ve had several conversations with friends over the summer about what books to read and how to find the time to read again. To me, it’s a matter of having books on hand and having good books that you want to read.

We’ll talk about finding the time on another day, for now, let’s talk about the books!

getting into the reading habit again

Here are five of my picks for starting the reading habit again.

For a page-turning novel, good beach read and one that may have you staying up a little later, start with Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

It’s a love story but not the kind you think and not the ending you expect. She had all the time in the world but no real passion for life. He had lost all desire to live and couldn’t understand why someone wouldn’t want to travel and dream big, if they could.  Inspiring, hilarious and tear-jerking.

Other good reads by Jojo Moyes: The Girl You Left Behind and Honeymoon in Paris: A Novella 

For historical fiction, set in England and compelling word pictures, start with The Secret Keeper: A Novel by Kate Morton.

Her mother has dementia and she realizes that she has just a brief window to find the answers to the mysteries that have been part of their family history. The story goes back and forth between present-day and the 1940s in a fascinating tale of life and love and all things not as they seem.

Other good reads by Kate Morton:The Forgotten Garden and The House at Riverton: A Novel

For a great young adult read that is captivating for all ages (and has great cover art), read the The Mysterious Benedict Society Collection

This reminded me in part of a Roald Dahl story, part Harry Potter and mostly fantastic. I loved the quick witted story-telling, the engaging writing and the power of a story to captivate.

getting into the habit of reading again

the stack of books we acquired on a month’s visit to Alberta- we all love books and bookstores!

For an inspiring read to put wind back in your sails of being mom, start with The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart of Eternity by Sally Clarkson

I read this book this summer and it was just what I needed to give me inspiration and vision in this busy season of mothering. It’s easy to lose sight of the big goals when some days all I can do is wait for bedtime. This book is encouraging, practical and speaks to the heart of mothering in a gentle and realistic way.

For a book that will challenge your thinking and inspire you to live more, start with Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown

review from Amazon (because I don’t know how to sum this book up either then to tell you to just.go.read it!)

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” —Theodore Roosevelt

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.

In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.”

What books would you add to this list?



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{ 12 comments… add one }
  • Leanne September 18, 2014, 1:18 pm

    Oh, this is awesome! I’m in desperate need of a few good reads and discovered that I’m more of a “light reader”. I just want a great and captivating story and don’t particularly want to fight my way through a deep, tragic, word book (even if it is very well written). For a long time I was kind of ashamed of it – thinking I should be drawn to deeper, “heavier” books. But, now, I’m just happy with a good, light-hearted romance/historical fiction novel. They make me happy and the world needs happier people!

    • thisvintagemoment September 18, 2014, 3:33 pm

      Oh, I’m glad to hear that, Leanne! You should enjoy some of these then, esp Jojo Moyes. The perfect novel to get lost in. =)

  • Melissa @ Bless this Mess September 19, 2014, 12:56 am

    In love with Kate Morton! But I haven’t read either of the two in your picture! Yay for new finds. I’m in love with Carry On Warrior by Glennon Melton Doyle right now. Highly recommended.

    • thisvintagemoment September 19, 2014, 6:30 pm

      Kate Morton is one of my favourites, glad I could introduce some new titles to you. =)

      I also enjoyed Carry on, Warrior. Very good.

  • Allie@DaysLikeThese September 19, 2014, 5:24 pm

    Love this post! All great recs. I recommend Jojo moyes for sure, and usually What Alice Forgot. I did that a lot this summer when friends were looking for “beach reads” 🙂

    • thisvintagemoment September 19, 2014, 6:23 pm

      Oh, yes, I loved What Alice Forgot! Great book.


  • Rachel September 20, 2014, 9:45 pm

    I’d add a good cracking mystery or seven. I’m a big fan of Jane Haddam and Gail Bowen – both are easy to read, write great characters, and leave you with lots to think about.

    • thisvintagemoment September 21, 2014, 8:09 pm

      Oh yes, how could I forget about a good mystery?! Thanks for those ideas, and for those authors- I’ve not heard of either of them. =)

  • Laura Stiller September 23, 2014, 9:55 pm

    I LOVE Sally Clarkson (I just finished Desperate – have you read that one yet, ohmyword – so good!), but I haven’t read any of the other books you list. So, I’m off to put some books on hold on the library. Can’t wait to check them out!

    • thisvintagemoment September 24, 2014, 11:15 am

      Yes! I loved Desperate!!! It was exactly what I needed this summer.

      And yay for new titles! Enjoy.

  • judy jbrittain August 19, 2016, 9:22 am

    Hey, great share…..

    I am also an avid reader and likes to read different sorts of books based on different subjects and issues. I agree that inculcating reading habits definitely has loads of advantages.
    No matter how much stress you have at work, in your personal relationships, or countless other issues faced in daily life, it all just slips away when you lose yourself in a great story.

    Thanks for sharing this post. Keep sharing more….

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