Hello, loves! This month is the perfect time for reading at home. Grab a blanket, head outdoors to enjoy the scenic view of your back or front yard, and relax with your favorite story. If outdoor reading is not your forte, cuddle up on the couch, light a candle, turn on your diffuser, and enjoy a good book. I want to share some of my favorite “go-to” books, but before I do, let’s discuss how you can find and share your love of books with your friends.

My favorite spot for reading!

Libraries across the nation have temporarily closed their doors (we all know why.) Not every moment in our lives will be as productive as we’d hope. Sometimes you’re just going to want to get away from it all…the news, the kids fighting, etc. We as moms can put aside time just for us. We can stop making the excuse that we don’t have time, because well, now we have more than we did just a month ago.

Let’s begin with electronic books. EBooks are a wonderful alternative to reading a physical copy of a book. Some places to find your favorite books are Overdrive, Hoopla, Libby, and TexShare. Audible is also a wonderful resource for audiobooks.

Austin Public Library is currently offering ECards. If you are an Austin resident, the card is free and for non-residents, there is a fee. Check with your local library as there may be options for you to check out books virtually for free as well.

Reading is the perfect escape when you are unable to travel or leave your home. Want to add a bit more fun to your reading adventure? Create a virtual book club with your girlfriends. Listed below are some simple tips for creating an easy Girl’s Virtual Book Club.

  • Create a Facebook group
  • Add a Poll and vote-let everyone choose a book to add to the pol
  • Establish a date to meet via Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, etc.
  • Read the book
  • Visit the author’s website for reading guides before the meeting (helps with discussion)
  • Grab your favorite drink, snacks, your favorite quotes from the book, and a blanket
  • Discuss the book
  • Take a picture and tag the author on social media

Below are some of my favorites that I enjoy cuddling up to and reading.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Literary Fiction

Owens shares the intriguing story of Kya, a young child who is abandoned by her family in the marshlands of North Carolina. Read Kya’s experiences growing up without the love and affection that a child desires. You’ll find yourself immersed in this coming of age story. 

Becoming by Michelle Obama
Autobiography 

The life of our first African American First Lady of the United States is an inspiring story. She shares about her life growing up in the South Side of Chicago to the installation of her husband, former President Barack Obama into his role of the presidency.

 

The Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning
Historical Fiction 

Travel to Shanghai and experience the story of two families and their sacrifices during World War II. Kirsty shares the beautiful story of friendship, love, family, and the history of a Jewish family in Shanghai. Join Alexandra as her family’s history is revealed.

 

The Inn at Eagle Point by Sherryl Woods
Contemporary Romance 

Meet the O’Brien clan. An intriguing family filled with love, challenges, and second chances. This is the first book in the Chesapeake Shores series. In this introductory story, you’ll meet Abby and Trace but also gain a little insight into the O’Brien family structure and learn about why family is so important. As you read book one, you will find yourself wanting to discover more about the family.

More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth
Autobiography

Elaine’s personality shines bright in her book. Read about her encounters as she learned to find her voice in life and in an industry that can be challenging to navigate. Elaine doesn’t hold back on her truth!

Honorable Mentions

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Fantasy 

Yes, I know…it’s a “kids” book. Immerse yourself in the magical land and see why many people all over the world enjoy this series. Harry Potter is filled with plot twists that you will enjoy. Share this book with your family. Once you’ve completed the book, I recommend watching the movie with the family and compare both. J.K Rowling has so graciously offered this first book for free via audio. So why not take a peek!

Christmastime, it’s not here but…

Christmas books are my favorite to read year-round. I love the Hallmark feel of stories with happy endings. I know it’s not Christmas but I think we all need a good pick-me-up to read. These four authors have a cure for you. Choose any of their Christmas stories for a feel-good read.

Debbie Macomber

Susan Wiggs

Elin Hilderbrand 

Nancy Thayer

Do you have a favorite author or book? Please share in the comments below!

Au revoir!

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Patrice was born and raised a Georgia Peach, and thanks to her military service in the U.S. Air Force, she has lived in several states. Patrice is a Grantham University graduate student, holding her Bachelor’s in Business and her M.B.A. She is the wife of Daniel and mom to Dana and Alana. Passionate about her family and running the family business with Daniel, she is always looking to learn something new. Writing, traveling, and dancing is just a shortlist of her hobbies. You'll often catch her with her head in a book, enjoying all of the local Tex-Mex restaurants and exploring Austin’s most beautiful hiking spots.

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