Mary’s Winter 2019 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? I can’t believe this was published A YEAR AGO. Thank you to everyone who has supported me in the last year — I appreciate you more than you know!

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

WomenWho Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

This is my new favorite book. I bought my own copy and have already started to reread it and mark it up. It includes myths that have been passed down over time, but it digs deeper into them and what they mean about femininity. The book is older than me, but I am obsessed.

I Thought It Was Just Me by Brene Brown

My therapist recommended I read Brene Brown, so I read almost every book of hers this fall. I loved all but one, and this one was my personal favorite. Brene Brown’s writing still is so kind and approachable, especially dealing with harsh subjects of shame. I’ve realized more and more how much of my (recovering) perfectionism stems from shame, and these books have really helped to drive away the “shame gremlins.”

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Written by the same chick who wrote Eat Pray Love, my mind now thinks about ideas in a new way. What if ideas were magical pieces of energy that floated around between people. Once they found a host, they were able to manifest themselves in whatever medium is best suited to an artist. If I hadn’t written my book, maybe that magical idea would’ve floated to someone else. Okay, maaaaybe a little *woo woo,* but I’m here for it.

GirlWash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Everyone’s been talking about this book, and honestly, I think the writing style is like mine. Blunt self-help that’s optimistic. However, it’s clearly religious and a tad close-minded. Also, many people don’t mention it focuses a lot on motherhood. Her insight is great, but if you’re like me and wondering how the eff you’ll take care of yourself in the next year let alone another child, keep that in mind.

This winter, I’m reading the following:

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

This non-fiction read looks deeper into the struggles of America’swhite working class. I often say I want to write a book about my family, to which some people have suggested I read this. TBD.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

A fiction read that’s becoming a movie produced by Reese Witherspoon – need I say more? This is what I’ll be reading during the polar vortex to keep my spirit alive.

The Holy Wild by Danielle Dulsky

This “Heathen Bible for the Untamed Woman” sounds like Woman Who Run With the Wolves written in present day, so I am here for it.

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

One of my friends will not stop talking about how good this is, revealing the secrets and lies of the infamous startup, Theranos. I’m on hold at the library, but you better believe I am EXCITED.

Playing with Matches by Hannah Orenstein

A friend of a friend knows the author, so I naturally must read this rom-com about the online dating life.

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Do I really have to explain why I’m reading this?

Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

This is the memoir of Steve Jobs’s daughter. Should be juicy.

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Fowler

F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my all-time favorite authors, so when I saw Therese Fowler came out with a new book, I was more intrigued by her first book about his wife Zelda.

Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Women, and the Way Forward by Gemma Hartley

This book stemmed from a viral Harper’s Bazaar post, and it’s all about the “invisible work” that women do.

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

A juicy drama about the toxic relationships of young millennials??? Absolutely.

From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein

A “fictional” memoir all about a stenographer from Obama’s administration. The love story is beaten to DEATH, and I know there’s absolutely no way that part was fiction. That man DRAGGED that girl’s poor heart.

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


Mary K

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