Empower

Mary K’s Fall 2018 Reading List

Every season, I’ll post a new reading list. Not only is it great for sending friends recommendations, but it also keeps me accountable to read the books I want to read.

But first, have you ordered my book yet? Have you written a review? Let me know when you do and I’ll send you a personalized horoscope. Like, I’ll tell you what you should *release* this fall to live your best life. It’ll be worth it — I promise.

Here’s most of what I read this summer, and my favorites were:

The Last Mrs. Parrish // Liv Constantine

This was the best thriller I have read in a long time. From reading this, I may or may not have convinced myself that the guy I was seeing was a sociopath, but I got over it and back to reality in a couple days, so it’s fine. You should definitely read it.

Crazy Rich Asians // Kevin Kwan

I was v late to the game, but it was so incredible that I don’t care. Read it.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation // Ottessa Moshfegh

Oh, this was juicy. Reading fiction about a twenty-something in the early 2000s was incredibly insightful. I would be lying if I said I didn’t consider going into an Ambien-induced coma. Again, I got over that in a few days when I remembered I never sleep anyway. This is why I can’t read too much fiction in a row.

Here’s what you’ll find me reading this fall / already read (it’s the end of October — gimme a break ok?):

Rich People Problems // Kevin Kwan

I have to read the whole series. Duh.

Circe // Madeline Miller

I saw this on a book list for Greek mythology geeks who love female empowerment. Hell yes.

When Life Gives You Lululemons // Lauren Weisberger

Idk, this title alone makes me want to read it. It’s fiction and a bestseller. I trust it will be good. Rich bitch fiction is my guilty pleasure.

The Untethered Soul // Michael A. Singer

My friend Addie aka @chickpeainthecity recommended I read this and WOW it was more powerful than a therapy session. It makes you really, truly, deeply question the walls you’ve built up and why. We all have them, and we’re all trying to protect ourselves from pain. How can we be a little more vulnerable and let your light shine through?

Designing Your Life // Bill Burnett

I’ve done a lot of soul searching this year, and my career counselor bought me this book. She also told me to stop wanting to do what I thought she wanted me to do and just do what I want to do. Gulp. K trying. I read this book while on a weekend trip to New York, and I loved it. I’m still working through the supplementary workbook, but the book alone offers so many good exercises for designing your own best life.

Me, You & 26.2 // Denise Sauriol

MY FRIEND WROTE THIS BOOK AND I’M SO FREAKING PROUD! I was connected with Denise through a mutual friend because she had written a book but felt stuck. She didn’t know how to publish or what next steps she should take. We went for a run, realized we were soul sisters, and she has since run her 100th marathon (!!!!!!), published her book, and been interviewed by everyone famous in Chicago including the mayor. If you liked my book (and my book cover — shoutout to our designer, Alyssa Kleine-Kracht!), then you’ll love Denise’s. Read it right meow.

Not Her Daughter // Rea Frey

I went to Rea’s book launch party earlier this fall and had to purchase a copy. It’s a thriller about when kidnapping can be justified. After conceiving the idea, she wrote it in four weeks. I can’t wait to read it!

What are you reading this fall? Anything I should add to my list? LMK!

xoxo,

++ Mary K

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