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5 Non-Fiction Books On My List for 2021

Going into 2021, I really want to put more time into myself. This past year has been such an amazing journey into becoming a mother and cultivating a home for all 3 of us, but with the year coming to an end its hard to put into words what I’m excited for going into 2021. Well, Savannah will be 1 years old and we might be able to finally travel as a family if COVID starts to lift, but for me exacatly? In all honesty, I can’t name a single thing I want for myself going into 2021. I know that sounds unbelievably sad, but please don’t see it that way! While there have been some heartbreaking moments this year, predominantly because of this pandemic, I have also had some truly special and heart warming moments growing my little family. I just realized that I can be proud of the mother I have become this year and also be excited to plan for the woman I want to be next year. You know? To start that off, I really want to get back into reading! Reading was once my lifeline – I cherished my reading time and would often times stay up into the late night turning page after page of a latest novel I found. Well, college unfortunately *ruined* my love for reading in my spare time, but I am going to try and change that. This time around, I want to read more Non- Fiction and yes I’m gonna say it, self-help books! There are so many good ones out there right now that how can I not give some of them a try?! So, here are the top 5 that I want to start 2021 off reading! Hope your enjoy!

  1. Untamed By Glennon Doyle

The first time I saw this book was actually for an ad on instagram – I mean why am I surpised…this app knows what I want before I even know what I want😰- but it was a clip of Glennon reading aloud one of her passages and I was immediately hooked! The book talks about how we as women strive so hard to be good wives, daughters, mothers, friends, employees, and citizens that we often lose sight of ourselves and look at our lives with an almost lackluster stare. She takes us through how this happened to her – and how she got out of it. While I don’t look at my life with sadness, really in any way, I also am at the stage in my life where I welcome all of the insight , especially from women who have conquered some of their own demons. How inspiring is that?

2. Women Who Run with Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype By Clarissa Pinkola Estes 

This book I found on from an influencers instagram account  and I think it just looks so fascinating! Clarissa Pinkola Estes is a Ph. D Jungian analyst and cantadora storyteller (meaning she hands down myths and stories by word of mouth) who believes that within every woman there is a wild and natural creature called Wild Woman that is is filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, ageless knowing, and simply put – is a powerful force. Color me intrigued! She believes that she can restore the ruins of female unconscious with “psychic archeological digs” using multicultural myths, fairy tales, folk tales, and other stories. Through this, she hopes to reconnect women with the healthy, instinctual, visionary attributes of the Wild Woman archetype. WELL. I know that was a mouthful because I absolutely wrote that down almost verbatim from goodreads.com, but I think it sounds so so fascinating and I cannot wait to read it!

3. The Third Door by Alex Banayan

So Trevor actually just finished this book and thought it was so interesting and really educational! I’ve never been one to want to read business educational reads outside of a classroom, but I’ve sat there while Trev has talked in depth about this book and it really does sound pretty dang cool! So, Alex Banayan goes on a journey as an 18 year old freshmen in college, to interview Bill Gates and some of the worlds most successful people to try to uncover how they broke through their fields and launched their careers. He manages to interview people Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Larry King, Jessica Alba, Pitbull, Quincy Jones, and Bill Gates. Along the way, he learns what appears to be little tips, but are actually game changers for getting ahead – which I am so so intrigued by! If I want to really invest some of my time in this field of blogging, I would love to read a fun and interesting way to do that, you know? Anyways, I already told Trev I would read it so you know he peakin around every corner to see if I’m actually doing it 👀

4. Born to Shine: Practical Tools to Help You SHINE, Even in Life’s Darkest Moments By Ashley LeMieux

I have followed along Ashley LeMieux’s journey for literal years. She is honestly such an amazing and inspiring person, who has been through more grief and tragedy then I can even fathom. Most recently almost dying from sepsis and then losing her unborn child only hours later. My heart absolutely breaks for this woman, but she truly is remarkable. Her book, Born to Shine, takes us through her journey and shares stories, lessons, and practically applications in between. Above all, it shows how to keep going when met with loss. Love this!

5. Rage Against The Minivan by Kristen Howerton

OK this last one was recommended to me by my sister, Sarai! I haven’t heard much about Kristen Howerton but as an author, podcaster, and mother, I have heard that she has an amazing sense of humor! This book is her personal manifesto that challenges this idea of the “right way” to raise kids. From infertility to adoption to divorce, Kristen’s journey is packed with some hard earned knowledge from raising 4 kids in 4 years (amen, love to hear it!) and facing issues near and dear to her heart such as social justice, foster care reform, and helping fellow parents to step up to hard conversations about race with their kids. Parents deal with complete unpredictability in their lives and in their children’s lives, so reminding us all sometimes that 1) we are not alone, and 2) you are allowed to be a “good-enough” parent, can be incredibly influential at times. And you know what – I really really love the sound of that.

What are some Non-Ficton books that you recommend? I haven’t read too many in my lifetime (I’m very much a fiction woman) but I’m very excited to start getting into them! I would love to hear your recommendations in the comments below or on one of our social media pages! 💛