Tuesday Top 10: Reading Edition

March 5, 2019

You may have noticed I’ve been shifting gears here on the blog: I can’t even identify my niche right now. I’m in a transition, heading in the direction of simply sharing my favorite things and hopefully you guys hang around! Right now, our days are filled with school, homework, sport practices, fishing, cleaning, and cooking, I know it’s not super glamorous or exciting, but it’s where I’m at. I keep finding myself at the end of day thinking, “what a busy day!” without a whole lot of quantifiable results. The ironic part is that I’ve been really pushing to simplify our lives and slow things down. Which has meant I’m now asking myself where else can I cut back to open up more time and space in my life? Sadly, that has meant the blog and my social media channels have been taking a backseat.

This is a season of: time at home, homemade & simple dinners, and the occasional long weekend away. We are shifting towards frugal travel tips for families and wholesome, quality family entertainment suggestions. Book suggestions for the whole family. Practical ways to get out from behind the screen and outside, fully present, more.

With that in mind, today’s Tuesday top 10 is inspired by my desire to share more books here with you guys!

10 books to read in 2019:

1) The Perfect Mother– by Aimee Malloy.

I’m reading this one now, it’s a fun, suspenseful book with beautiful motherhood ties. I love it so far and I’m excited to see how they end it.

2) Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequst.

I have been recommending this book once a day since I read it. It changed my life. My perspective on time and priorities will never be the same.

3) Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens.

I’m only half way through this one, but it’s so beautifully written. I recommend the audiobook, because it’s a fun listen.

4) Becoming by Michelle Obama

This is my favorite book I read in 2018. I was inspired and motivated after reading it. Michelle’s family story is so beautiful and relatable.

5) Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

I loved this movie on Netflix. I couldn’t read the book series fast enough. I loved all the cute Dolly Parton references, but the best part is the girl power story.

6) A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell

This was another one I didn’t realize was a book before a movie. I loved the movie, but the book was somewhat different. So, it wasn’t hard to enjoy the book, even after seeing the movie.

7) Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

I am still on the holds list for this one, but I cannot wait to get my hands on this book. It’s so in line with the vision I have for my year.

8) Seven by Jen Hatmaker

I’m a few years behind on this one, but I’m working my way through it right now. I’m doing a bit of a hybrid version. I really love it, and I feel like it’s been helping make me more and more aware of I’m wasting in the day to day.

9) Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

I just finished this book and it was so fun. She’s one of my favorite authors anyway, but I thought she did such a great job with this one. This would be an awesome book club suggestion!

10) The Year Of Less by Cait Flanders

I shared this one a few few weeks, but I loved it so much I’m sharing it one more time. She gives some super practical steps for living a simpler life, but she also shares how she got there. How she transitioned from someone with a lot of stuff to someone with less stuff! I found it very relatable and honest.

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This Messy Season is a blog serving families through practical tips for nurturing their families, emphasizing quality time and adventure. Helping young families bloom where they're planted, embrace their mess, and thrive through a series of honest, blog posts highlighting realistic travel tips, favorite products that simplify the work load of families, and family entertainment.

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