May Reading List

Part of the beauty of traveling is that you get to relax and read! There’s no better time to disconnect from the world and pick up a book than on a long flight. Since I’m a book nerd and reading is part of my traveling I want to share some good books with y’all so you’re prepped for your next flight. I’ve read all of these in the last month and I highly recommend them.

I usually go for non-fiction, biographies, or Christian inspired books. Occasionally I pick up a fiction book, but only if it’s Harry Potter or vampire related. It pleases my inner 7-year-old, don’t judge me.

The Vacationers by Emma Straub (Fiction, Romance, Travel): This is the first fiction book I’ve read in a long, long time. Truth be hold I was stranded at LAX last week and got a little desperate for a new book as I was preparing to sit at the airport all day. This is the perfect quick, beach read with a little more substance and backstory. Basically a family goes on a two-week vacation to Spain to bond and reconnect as their daughter prepares for college. Add in a few drama-filled secrets and voila, a great summer read.

The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor (Psychology, Success, Business): The CEO at theCHIVE gave everyone in the office a copy of this book and while most people stashed it in their desk drawer never to be found again, I actually read it. I’m a huge fan of motivational and success books like The Secret and now this. Shawn dives into how your mindset generates personal happiness in the workplace, despite your position or income. Most people think they will only be happy once they accomplish “X” or make a certain amount of money. He totally crushes that way of thinking and shows how the most successful people are happy no matter the situation using studies and facts. I’ve already started implementing some of his principles!

The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines (Biography, Christian): If y’all don’t know this I am obsessed with Fixer Upper and the Gaines family. Their book was a quick and easy read (less than 200 pages), but a total feel-good story. They really dive into how they make their marriage work, how they started a business, and surviving the unpredictable times. Their faith shines through in every chapter and even though I don’t know them in real life, I feel like they have to be good people.

Settle for More by Megyn Kelly (Biography, Politics, Career): I was really excited to read this book because I’m fascinated with everything surrounding the media and broadcasting. I’ve read several books from the Fox News women and they are all great. Megyn’s book was the most interesting because she talks in great detail about her relationship with Donald Trump and how certain events played out during the election. She is a great career role model for me and I’m sure you’ll get a sense of her work ethic after reading her book. She started off as a lawyer and didn’t even dive into television until 30, which is considered “old” in on-camera years. Her career exploded and she takes you on that journey and all the things that come with being in the media.

That wraps up my book recommendations for May, but I’ll be back in June for more! My best friend Danielle and I tried to start a book club, but we are the worst because one of us is always way ahead of the other. If you have any recommendations please leave a comment!

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