8 Books to Read This Year

8 Books to Read This Year

By Kate

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

— C.S. Lewis

Books are treasured memories and experiences for me, some I return to over and over. Do you love to read as well?  I’ve been an avid reader throughout my life and I believe one of the best gifts to receive is a new book! As the autumn season deepens and we spend more time at home, sitting down with a new story is the perfect cozy activity.  It gives you rest from a busy world and allows you to replace screen time in an intentional way. 

Books with a pair of reading glasses

In preparation for sharing my top book recommendations, I spent a few moments reading about reading! Did you know the health benefits you gain from spending even just a few minutes reading?  Here is what I discovered.

  1. Reading fiction improves social-cognitive function like increasing your empathy for others.
  2. Switch from screen time to reading for better sleep. Studies show using electronic devices at bedtime is related to increased fatigue and a later rise time. 
  3. As surprising as it sounds, reading is actually a way to give your mind the rest it needs.

Stack of books

Interesting fact from the most recent PEW research study: in this social media era, the majority of Americans have still read a book in the past year! 

If you are looking for a good read, here are some of our favorite books - I gathered ideas from Christen and Leigh as well!

Three book recommendations, tattooist of auschwitz, where the crawdads sing and the new girl
Mark of the lion series by Francine rivers

The Mark of the Lion Series by Francine

Four book recommendations


Educated by Tara Westover

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R.Tolkien

And since I quoted him at the beginning, I can’t forget to mention — anything by C.S.Lewis! Do you have any books you love to re-read? Have you discovered new favorites recently? Comment below and let me know - I’m always looking for new book recommendations to try!


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