When quarantine began, I binged Tiger King (because I'm a red-blooded American). After deciding that Carol Baskin absolutely killed her husband, I decided that letting my brain turn to mush was a lousy plan for lockdown. I needed to read more.
So I started a little reading venture, and I'm happy I did! It's made me feel better in so many ways. It allowed me to travel to Bora Bora, Alaska, and many more places during the lockdown, all from the comfort of my couch.
Benefits of Reading
Did you know that reading reduces stress? Reading also improves vocabulary, which can help you become more articulate. Studies even suggest that reading fiction can increase a person's empathy. It is thought to lower heart rate, decrease blood pressure, and lessen the symptoms of depression. Why wouldn't you pick up a book and read for 20 minutes a day with all those benefits?
Now the big question is, what should you read?? Here is a list of some of my favorite books!
The Great Alone- 4.8/5 I loved this book. It made me ugly cry and happy cry—a beautiful look into remote Alaska. Unfortunately, the elements and animals aren't the only things that are unpredictable and harsh. In the end, your heart will be warmed by the resilience of a young woman's spirit and the strength she has within.
The Mother In Law- 6/5 I couldn't put this book down! I finished this one in 3 days. This is like the game of Clue, but instead of Col. Mustard and Ms. Scarlette, Lucy is trying to figure out if someone under her own roof has offed someone in their own family. I never saw the ending coming!
Something In The Water- 4.7/5 This book kept me hooked. I didn't want to put it down. Something in the Water takes a deep dive into the lies we tell and how far we will go to protect ourselves in those lies. It was a little predictable but kept me thoroughly entertained.
The Dinner List- 4/5 It took me a minute to get into this book. I was a little confused at first, but I couldn't put it down once I started to grasp what was happening. Taking a hard look at the relationships we have and how our actions cause ripples bigger than we will ever know.
Atomic Habits- 4.3/5 I love how this book is full of real-life examples and case studies. Taking an aerial look at other people's lives and how their habits have positively or negatively affected their lives and what we can learn from them.
The Power of Habit- 5/5 This book is nonfiction and incredibly interesting! I read it during Alabama football games, and if you know me, you know that's a big deal! Full of exciting anecdotes and even murder.
The Wife Between Us- 4.8/5 I thought I had this book figured out, and then I started part two, and I was shocked, floored, utterly surprised. I was in it for every twist and every turn. This book had me hooked! If you love this book, another book very similar in a theme is The Last Mrs. Parrish. I personally was annoyed that their storylines were almost identical. But if that type of thing doesn't bother you, read them both!
Let's Pretend This Never Happened- 7/5 This book had me rolling on the floor laughing. I would finish a chapter and call a friend to share it because I thought it was so funny. Still, I'd be laughing so hard I would cry, and no words would come out. This book is hilarious but has real and heartbreaking moments in it too.
An Anonymous Girl- 4.3/5 The main character's dialogue is so interesting and relatable in this book. I have never read a book where the main character questions the why's behind every decision she makes. I felt like I was learning about myself, along with her. It was interesting enough to keep me coming back after I finished the book (but that's because I kept forgetting the ending). Great book, okay end.
The Perfect Couple- 4.5/5 I usually am not that into romance. I generally hate romcoms, but this was a little romance with a bit of mystery, so I decided to give it a shot, and let me tell you, It was worth it!
After finding out all the benefits of reading, don't forget to read to your kids too! Teach them to read from a young age! Check out this list of books for elementary schoolers and this list for your younger kiddos!
Whether you are hitting the road to visit family, or staying home during this season. Grab a book and escape reality for a little while! Enjoy!
What is your all-time favorite book? I need more books to reads, so leave a comment and let me know!