It’s November already, which means the holiday season is officially upon us! This season is one of the most wonderful times of the year, but it can also be stressful. To help you relax a bit, consider reading one of these books on our list this month.
- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport: If the title doesn’t get you, then you and I probably don’t have the same issues. But as someone who works from home, I suffer from various distractions on a daily basis that hinder my ability to get much of any work done sometimes. When I came across this book, I definitely thought it was a sign. If you suffer from a similar situation, then this book is worth every single penny!
- The Joy of Missing Out: Live More by Doing Less by Tonya Dalton: InkWELL Press Productivity Co. is one of my favorite companies, and Tonya Dalton has always been a woman that I admired. So, when she came out with a book focused on the constant feeling of overwhelm that plagues women today, I knew I needed to read it. And I wasn’t disappointed. Yes, we can do it all, just not all at once, and we also have to stay focused on what is actually necessary.
- Olive, Again: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout: Olive Kitteridge is back. This story takes place two years after Olive’s husband’s death. She is now seeing Jack Kennison, another widower who of course has a twisted past as well. All this while Olive takes the time to reflect on her own past. I enjoyed how Strout was able to take us through various real difficulties in people’s lives. It’s definitely a book to curl up with by the fire.
- The Institute: A Novel by Stephen King: October might be over, but I still need a good scare here and there. Hence, The Institute, a tale that is strange and uncomfortable from the start. After his parents are brutally murdered, Luke Ellis is kidnapped and taken to the Institute where we’re introduced to various other children of unnatural abilities. The questions pile up, and you’re constantly at the edge of your seat until the very end.
- Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over by Alison Roman: I love eating, but I hate cooking. Even worse, I enjoy having a home feast with friends, but often find myself overthinking the menu. Thanks to Alison Roman, the bad times are over, and now you just need to decide on the unfussy food selection that you’ll be serving to friends who will swear you must have slaved in the kitchen all day.
- Get a Life, Chloe Brown: A Novel (The Brown Sisters) by Talia Hibbert: You may recognize Talia Hibbert from various low-key romance novels, but this time she’s giving us romantic comedy gold that we can hold with our own hands. Think of this as a deep, funny and charming Hallmark special that you actually won’t get into ironically. Dubbed a “chronically ill computer geek,” Chloe Brown was left with a metaphorical hole in the heart after a near-death experience. Now, she’s actually ready to “get a life.”
- Well Met by Jen DeLuca: You’ll laugh and cry, and they’ll fall in love, but I promise you won’t be bored by the story that happens in between. Described as “two sworn enemies who indulged in harmless flirtation,” I was immediately intrigued by main character’s Emily immediate wit, and the various laughs I dropped in just the first handful of chapters. You won’t be able to put this one down.
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