The kids are headed back to the books, and so should you. It’s imperative (and sanity saving!) that you try to find time in your life to enjoy the simple pleasure of reading again. This list offers a multitude of new and previously released gems that are sure to pique your interest and get you turning pages instead of scrolling through newsfeeds. Whether the topics of these titles get you back to fiction, back to the kitchen, back to the gym or back to yourself, they will most assuredly get you back into the swing of reading.
Infinite Home: A Novel by Kathleen Alcott
A gifted storyteller and plot weaver, Alcott does what she does best in this moving story of how and where we define “home.” You won’t soon forget this expertly crafted and moving story.
China Rich Girlfriend: A Novel by Kevin Kwan
Nobody writes about China’s elite class with more wickedness, hilarity and bite that Kwan. It’s as if a Jane Austen novel meets the Desperate Housewives of Singapore. Book clubs, rejoice: This one will go well with wine and conversation.
The Best of Enemies by Jen Lancaster
Fans of Lancaster won’t disappointed in this fast-paced romp that follows two former college roommates on a cross-country road trip. It’s just plain fun fiction, with plenty of Gen-X nods, and Lancaster knows her audience well and continues to produce cheeky and satisfying reads.
A Window Opens: A Novel by Elisabeth Egan
Egan takes on a theme and story we can all relate to—balancing motherhood and a profession—and she does so with humor, gentleness, honesty and highly relatable characters.
Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner
Yet again, Weiner delivers a funny and romantic tale as she follows a couple from a random meeting in their childhood to their reconnection as adults. Emotionally sharp and engaging, with just the right touch of feel good, Weiner delivers another winner.
Circling the Sun: A Novel by Paula McLain
Historical fiction fans, do not miss this one. McLain manages to transport readers to 1920s Kenya in this rich and complex novel. It’s the story of an unconventional woman and her desire to live freely and adventurously against the backdrop of the beauty of Africa.
Facing down turning 50 as an overweight and out-of-shape smoker, Webb started a journey to better health and energy and chronicles it in this inspiring and informative book. No, 50 is not too late to begin a running program, and Webb motivates and proves that aging can in fact make us stronger, leaner and faster runners.
Tales From Another Mother Runner: Triumphs, Trials, Tips, and Tricks From the Road by Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell
From the curators of the wittiest and fittest tribe of badass mother runners on the planet comes the third installment in the now infamous Another Mother Runner books. This gem is 200 pages of both belly laughing and heart tugging inspiration that will undoubtedly get you to take your first or 10,000th step out the door.
Thug Kitchen Party Grub: For Social Motherf*ckers by Thug Kitchen
Thug Kitchen’s second cookbook, this one’s release is perfectly timed for football season. Excellent tailgate party favorites alongside hilarious thug talk will have you cooking and belly laughing from start to finish.
The Loving Diet: Going Beyond Paleo Into the Heart of What Ails You by Jessica Flanigan
For those battling autoimmune disorders and other chronic inflammatory illness, Flanigan, a nutritionist and creator of the AIP Lifestyle website, shares a revolutionary method for using your diet and love of food to coexist, healing yourself from the inside out.
If you have one chocolate cookbook, make it this one. From the Guiitard family, who has been crafting chocolate in California for five generations, comes a gorgeous book filled with delightful chocolate recipes from simple to over-the-top divine. The photographs are just as delicious.
New England Farm Girl: Recipes & Stories From a Farmer’s Daughter by Jessica Robinson
This one is coffee-table worthy with its large, incredibly photographed dishes, hefty cover and thick pages. Stories of growing up a farm girl, intertwined with fresh and hearty whole food recipes—including almost 10 dishes that start with the word “maple”—make this a must-have cookbook for autumn.
Workman is a busy mom’s saving grace in the kitchen. Her latest is an excellent addition to your dinnertime catalog: nothing fancy, no hard-to-find ingredients. Just simple and satisfying fare that will keep the kids fed and happy.
The Angst of Adolescence: How to Parent Your Teen and Live to Laugh About It by Sara Villanueva
Villanueva, a psychologist and mother of four, has managed to write a non-preachy yet very informative teen parenting book by using a light, conversational tone and plenty of humor.
Full of no nonsense, common sense parenting tips from a pro, Hoefle’s second parenting book does not disappoint. Leave the perfection parenting at the door and learn how to trust your instincts and equip yourself with strategies that will keep both you and the kids from tears.
Now on The New York Times’ Best Sellers list in two categories, Lahey’s bold approach to parenting employs the notion that it’s high time to land the parenting helicopter. With advice on how to take a step back from over-parenting, her wise words and helpful strategies are a must for the thoughtful modern mom and dad.
Memoirs, Spirituality and Self-Help
Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way Through Great Books by Cara Nicoletti
There are so many great-tasting reasons to love this book while you follow Nicolette as she cooks her way through some of our most beloved novels. Brown butter crêpes from Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl? Chocolate cupcakes with peppermint buttercream from Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections? Yes, please.
Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the Unexpected by Tania Luna and LeeAnn Renninger
If you’re like me and surprises and unstructured time scare the heck out of you, take a leap of faith and jump into this book full of the unexpected. Surprises aren’t all bad.
Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways of Meeting God by Lauren F. Winner
Winner has an amazing way with words when it comes to theology and biblical metaphors for real life. You’ll feel like her best friend when she talks to you with her incredible spiritual insight. This is one for anybody who is curiously seeking a stronger foundation of faith.
Rising Strong by Brené Brown
How do some people manage to fall over and over again, only to rise up stronger each time? Brown, a social psychologist, examines the characteristic of vulnerability in this potentially life-changing read. Written in an investigative format style, Rising Strong is for anyone yearning to achieve while being willing to fail.