February Reading List

 February Reading List
My February reading list includes some great books to cozy up with a good cup of coffee or indulge under the covers.  I hope you find some inspiration for your reading enjoyment. I also recommend using GoodReads to keep track of what you read and see what your friends are reading.

1.   Love Does by Bob Goff 
Love Does is a best-selling book about what it means to live out love everyday. The author shares powerful stories coupled with eye-opening truths and empowers anyone who longs for a better world and a new perspective on life.

2.   Fight Back With Joy by Margaret Feinbeg
For the last year and a half, Margaret Feiberg has been in the fight of her life with cancer. When she received the news of the diagnosis, she chose to fight back with an unexpected weapon.  It’s a beautiful and heart-wrenching story.

3.   The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
This book will help you improve your relationships. You will learn how people express love in different ways. Dr. Gary Chapman identifies these as the five languages of love: quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service and physical touch. If you express love toward others in a way they don’t understand, they will not realize you’ve expressed your love at all. The problem is that you’re speaking different languages. If you are single, I recommend The 5 Love Languages Singles Edition.

4.   The Selection by Kiera Cass
The Selection is the first book in the Selection trilogy. Fans of The Hunger Games and The Bachelor, will enjoy this series.

5.   Home is Where My People Are by Sophie Hudson
Home is Where My People Are
 is a delightful celebration of home, faith, and connection. Sophie Hudson is so funny, and I just adore her stories. If you are a Southerner, I highly recommend her books. I really enjoyed A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon too. I also read her blog, Boo Mama.

6.   It Was Me All Along by Andie Mitchell
It Was Me All Along is the true story of food blogger, Andie Mitchell. Andie was morbidly obese and lost 135 pounds. Her story is about much more than a woman who loves food and abhors her body. It is about someone who made changes when her situation seemed too far gone. Andie still maintains her weight loss without giving up some of her favorite indulgences like her sour cream fudge cake recipe included in the book.  She blogs about her story at Can You Stay for Dinner?, where she shares recipes and inspires other people to change their relationship with food.

7.   The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz
The Sweet Life in Paris is a delicious read all about Paris. David Lebovitz moved to Paris and shares stories about his adventures.  If you’re a fan of Paris, a fan of witty anecdotes, a fan of good writing and most importantly, a fan of food, you will love this book.

8.   Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Fans of the Little House on the Prairie series will love this one.

9.   Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
Redeeming Love is one of my favorite books. The story takes place against the exciting backdrop of the California Gold Rush. The heroine, Angel, is a young woman forced into prostitution as a child.  Over 1 million people have read this book.

10.  The Opposite of Spoiled by Ron Lieber
This is a great book for parents. The author covers all the basics: the best ways to handle the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, savings, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, splurging, clothing, cars, part-time jobs, and college tuition.

11.  Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
This story brings truth to the phrase “opposites attract” as two characters show each other the real meaning of happiness when time is precious. Read this if you loved The Fault in Our Stars.

12.  Eight Twenty Eight by Ian and Larissa Murphy
Eight Twenty Eight is a fantastic, true, love story. 

13.  Living Well, Spending Less by Ruth Soukup
Living Well, Spending Less is a very helpful book for moms. Ruth Soukup shares her personal story of overspending, shopping addiction and depression and the journey to discover what the “Good Life” is really all about. She also shares helpful ideas and advice for moms on a budget. I also recommend reading her blog for more money-saving tips and inspirational stories.

14.  Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist
Shauna Niequist writes short stories about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring loved ones together. At the end of each chapter, Shana shares a recipe. Annette’s Enchiladas was my favorite recipe in the book.

15.  Essentialism by Greg McKeown
This is a very helpful book if you are feeling overwhelmed or unproductive. This book is not a time management strategy. It is about getting the right things done to make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.

16.  My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh
I am looking forward to reading the debut novel by Louisiana native, M.O. Walsh. I love Southern fiction. The story takes place in suburban Baton Rouge, Louisiana, during the sultry summer of 1989.  It is a coming of age story that involves a crime. The mystery of who committed the crime drives most of the novel’s suspense elements. This is a great choice for Book Club readers.

Find out more of my favorite books here.

Let me know if you’ve been reading anything good lately. I always love new recommendations.

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