Great Books to Read

Books to Read

The latest edition of my book recommendations is here to help you cross another great read off of your “to read” list.

Outlive: The Science and Art of Longevity by Peter Attia: This is the ultimate manual for living better and longer. Dr. Atttia hosts the popular podcast The Drive. Check out this set of responses to commonly asked questions about patient responsibility in one’s own health and longevity from Dr. Attia.

The Golden Spoon by Jessa Maxwell. A cozy mystery on the grounds of a baking competition show.

Scalia Rise to Greatness by James Rosen: James Rosen describes and documents the formative decades of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia. It is the most definitive account of Scalia’s life, what shaped his judicial philosophy, and his own personal interactions. I enjoyed the audio version.

The Guest List by Lucy Fole: This book is a wedding mystery on an exclusive remote Irish Island filled with secrets, jealousy, betrayal, and more.

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy: This illustrated book is about friendship, love, and accepting each other.

The Art of Southern Charm by Patricia Altschul: Patricia is my favorite reality star on Bravo’s Southern Charm. Patricia’s book is filled with etiquette rules, dating advice, style tips, and plenty of stories about her fascinating life.

Just Thinking About the State by Darrell Harrison and Virgil Walker: Darrell and Virgil host the popular Just Thinking podcast. In Just Thinking About the State, they reveal a biblical understanding of the role of government in the life of believers.

Taste My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci: Taste My Life Through Food is part memoir, part cookbook, and part manifesto on living well, but above all, it’s a warm, charming look at the different ways we can find nourishment in the world.

Lifespan: Why We Age and Why We Don’t Have To by David Sinclair: is a best-selling book by David Sinclair, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School. In the book, Sinclair explains his theory that aging is actually a disease that is treatable and provides insight into the latest scientific research on aging and longevity.

What Really Makes You Ill: Why Everything You Thought You Knew About Disease is Wrong by Dawn Lester & David Parker: This medical book covers all things related to health and disease. The authors address the root cause of why people get sick.

The Maid: A Novel by Nita Prose: A compelling and quirky mystery about the death of a prominent hotel guest and the maid who finds his body.

Frontier Follies: Adventures in Marriage and Motherhood in the Middle of Nowhere by Ree Drummond: I enjoyed this collection of short stories. I also recommend visiting Pawhuska near Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ree opened The Mercantile in 2016.

Greenwich Park
by Katherine Faulkner: A thrilling mystery with complex characters and gripping writing. What appears to be a budding friendship between two moms-to-be brings more than its fair share of unpleasant surprises in this debut psychological thriller. It’s the perfect book to curl up with this winter.

Nora Goes Off Script by Annabel Monaghan: A charming, hopeful book for a cold winter day, and it will be perfect for the beach, too. It’s a romantic comedy with depth and dignity for its protagonist.

Make Something Good Today by Ben & Erin Napier: If you are a fan of HGTV’s “Home Town,” this is an enjoyable memoir. The book follows Ben and Erin Napier’s lives from childhood to the present.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: In this epic novel full of old Hollywood glamour, a legendary film actress reflects on her relentless rise to the top and the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and great forbidden love.

Attacking Anxiety: From Panicked and Depressed to Alive and Free by Shawn Johnson: Shawn Johnson, lead pastor of Red Rocks Church, gives a searingly honest portrait of anxiety and depression and shows readers how to fight back and live free.

Unmissing by Minka Kent: Merritt Coletto and her husband, Luca, have the life they dreamed of: a coastal home, a promising future, and a growing family. That dream comes to an end with a late-night knock on the door. The story is so intriguing and full of suspense.

Trauma the Invisible Epidemic by Dr. Paul Conti: How trauma works and how we can heal from it. Every single one of us is affected by trauma, though some carry a heavier burden than others. Understanding its insidious effects and far-reaching complications is vital to charting the path to healing. Listen to an interview with Dr. Conti on the Lewis Howes Podcast Ep. 1237.

Looking for more good books, check out all my recommendations here.


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Great Books to Read

Books to Read

My latest edition of my book recommendations are here to help you cross off another great read off of your “to read” list.

Never Finished Unshackle Your Mind and Win the War Within by retired US Navy SEAL David Goggins: It’s not a self-help book but a wake-up call. A great book to kick off the new year.

Laundry Love by Patric Richardson: This book offers tips you may not have heard of before and dispels common myths about washing your clothes. I follow his recommendations, so my clothes last longer.

A Heart That Works by Rob Delaney: Comedian Rob Delaney writes about the death of his young son.

The Queen: Her Life by Andrew Morton: An in-depth look at Britain’s longest reigning monarch, exploring the influence Queen Elizabeth had on both Britain and the rest of the world for much of the last century. Continue reading “Great Books to Read”

10 Awesome Books I’m Reading This Spring

10 Awesome Books to Read this Spring

10 awesome books I’m looking forward to reading this spring.

1.    THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT | Chris Bohjalian: A powerful story about the ways an entire life can change in one night. A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man and no idea what happened.

2.    I’LL BE GONE IN THE DARK | Michelle McNamara: For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed sexual assault and murders of dozens of victims. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website, spent many years trying to solve the case of California serial killer and rapist she’d dubbed ‘The Golden State Killer’. Her investigation is detailed in her book.

3.    THE KREMLIN CONSPIRACY | Joel C. Rosenberg: New York Times best-selling author Joel C. Rosenberg’s latest novel is a political thriller. The plot is about a rising Russian czar hungry for power and plotting military action. It reminds me of the current political narrative in Russia.

4.    LADY RED AN INTIMATE PORTRAIT OF NANCY REAGAN | Sheila Tate: As the First Lady’s press secretary, Tate was at Mrs. Reagan’s side during some of the most tumultuous and controversial moments of President Reagan’s first term in office, including his attempted assassination. Tate, who considered herself a close confidant of Mrs. Reagan up until her passing in 2016, draws on her relationship with Mrs. Reagan as well as interviews with many friends and political figures to reveal stories that have never been told before and showcase a more complete and surprising picture of the former First Lady.

5.    THE LIGHT WITHIN ME | Ainsley Earhardt:  Ainsley Earhardt is the co-host of Fox and Friends. Her new memoir is an uplifting look at her life and her spiritual journey, reflecting on her family, her faith, and her successful career. I wanted to be a news reporter so I’m looking forward to reading about Ainsley’s path to success as well as her spiritual journey.

6.    THE PATH BETWEEN US | Suzanne Stabile: Suzanne Stabile’s new book on the nine Enneagram types and how they behave and experience relationships will guide readers into deeper insight about themselves, their types, and others’ personalities so that they can have healthier, more life-giving relationships.

Most of us have no idea that others don’t see us as we see ourselves nor do they process their experience in the same way we do. Whether with intimate relationships, friends, or co-workers, a person whose go-to stance in life relies on feeling and another whose orientation is toward thinking or acting will respond completely differently to everything from simple request in an email to a life crisis. Understanding the motivations and dynamics of these different personality types can be the key that unlocks sometimes mystifying behavior in others, and in ourselves.

You can take the Enneagram test here.

Suzanne also hosts a podcast about the Enneagram Journey.

7.    BACHELOR NATION | Amy Kaufman: Kaufman is a Los Angeles Times reporter and a fan of The Bachelor. For her book, she interviewed dozens of contestants and producers. If you are a fan of Bachelor nation, it’s a juicy read.

8.    LOVE LIKE YOU’VE NEVER BEEN HURTJentezen Franklin: A helpful book to deal with different situations involving conflict. It’s challenging to get along with people who reject us, cause us pain, attack our views or cause other hurts. This book is about reconciliation and establishing healthy boundaries. It is also not an invitation to not be used as a doormat. I can’t recommend this one enough.

Check out this podcast episode featuring Jentezen Franklin.

9.    THE WIFE BETWEEN US | Greer Hendricks: Vanessa, recently divorced from Richard, learns he is engaged again and envies the new woman, Nellie. Richard is a hedge-fund manager and may be deceiving one or both women. Read this is you like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.

10.  THE GRAVE TENDER | Eliza Maxwell: Haunting, disturbing, yet beautifully written The Grave Tender is a shocking tale of deception and betrayal and one woman’s attempt to reconcile the truth about her family and the secrets that they keep.

Looking for more good books, check out all my recommendations here.


Have you read anything good or memorable lately?

Tell me in the comments!