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my upcoming book list: powerhouse women

Feb 2, 2019

Hi all!

So you may recall that part of my resolutions this year included reading more, which I have fully intended on following through with. In January, I spent a lot of my free time getting the blog up and going and working on my first month’s content, so I didn’t really dive into reading quite how I wanted to. I decided to start off I would re-read one of my favorites– Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (I picked up a beautiful copy of it while in England). This made the reading easy and light before I went to bed each night.

Obviously, there is nothing wrong with re-reading a fave, but my problem is I have several new books just sitting on my bookshelf STARING at me. Every time I pass them I can’t help but think I’m neglecting them (book mom probs). SO this month, and probably into next month, I have chosen the books that I am going to finally read! In my opinion, this list might only have three books (and an optional fourth), but it’s a powerhouse list of all female authors whom I LOVE. I didn’t choose these titles originally with the female powerhouse theme in mind, but I’m so thrilled that’s how it worked out.

  1. Becoming by Michelle Obama

It’s no secret that Michelle Obama is one seriously inspirational and all-together fierce lady. The fact that Becoming was the #1 bestseller in 2018 is no surprise, at least not to me! She’s one of the most iconic and accomplished women of our era. Not only was she the first African American woman to serve as the First Lady, but she did it in a way that established herself as being one of the most inclusive, hospitable, and poised First Ladies in history. She also used her platform to advocate for girls and woman around the world. I can’t wait to catch a glimpse into the world of Michelle Obama and understand what it took to get here where she is today.

2. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

I have had this book basically since it first came out and have been itching to read it ever since. I think this is one of those self-help books that everyone needs to read. The goal is to let go of what you think, and just be who you’re meant to be! I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t benefit from letting go of some misconception that’s holding them back. What I love most about Rachel Hollis is how REAL she is. She helps guide you through life while always being upfront and open about her own life. She’s passionate, confident, and judge-free, and I think reading this book is going to be just like getting advice from your bff.

3. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald  by J.K Rowling

Having read all of the other books within the Harry Potter world, I feel like I’d find myself reading this whether I planned on it or not. The Crimes of Grindelwald is the sequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them but still a prequel to the Harry Potter series. You can’t help but love J.K. Rowling. She has built herself an immense empire, while never forgetting her humble beginnings. She is an outspoken activist, philanthropist, scholar, and so much more with countless honors and awards, but still seems to be so down-to-earth. It’s definitely on my bucket list to one day meet her. (She also has a daughter named Jessica… so she clearly has good taste, in case that was already obviously apparent.)

Lastly, I want to add a real classic that I was fortunate enough to pick up a copy of while traveling in England last year.

4. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was the second and final work of Anne Brontë, the youngest sister in the accomplished Brontë literary family. I pride myself in having read many of the Brontë sisters’ literary works, but I was severely underread where Anne was concerned. While traveling in England, we spent a majority of our time in a seaside town called Scarborough, and this just happened to be the location where Anne Brontë spent most of her last days and where she was then laid to rest in the graveyard of St. Mary’s Church. I had the privilege of paying my respects at her grave and was able to visit the parsonage where she did a majority of her writing (see my favorites from our England trip for more about that).

18th/19th C. British Literature is without-a-doubt some of my absolute favorites. It was a time when it was a woman’s place was in the home, and not with a pen in hand. It’s because of their defiance and determination that women accomplished so much during that time in the literary world. We have author’s like the Brontë sisters, and my personal favorite Jane Austen, for paving the way for the modern female writer. I’m excited to add this to my list of read classics.

Anne Brontë’s grave at St. Mary’s Church in Scarborough, England.

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