📚 Recommended Reads 📚

Are you looking for that next can’t-put-it-down book? Look no further–a few V.I.P.andas gave us some great suggestions for these titles, some of which are available as audiobooks too.

Krista Kate Goodwin

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo  “It helped me to understand just how much my daily home environment affects my overall happiness and sense of well-being. It gave really great tips for tidying and categorizing my home. It helped motivate me to take pride in all spaces in the home.”

Dana Johnson

Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden  “I love it because it lays out each major reproductive hormone. What their job is in our bodies, what a period should be like, and natural ways to get back on track.” Dana also mentioned that the book is peer-reviewed and heavily researched. The information is sound, if not yet decisively proven.

Devin Didier

A Patriot’s History of the United States by Larry Schweikart and Michael Patrick Allen  “I like it because I love learning about our history as a country!”

Tiffany Leslie

Little Soldiers by Lenora Chu   “It’s about a little American boy inside the Chinese educational system. It gives insight into what they go through. It compares and contrasts the pros and cons of our system in the West with the Chinese system.”

Margaret Brumbaugh

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling  “I was completely surprised at how much I loved reading this book.  It is a series of essays that had me laughing out loud!  It was unexpectedly uplifting, relatable, and empowering.  The title is perfect because while I was reading this book I felt like Mindy and I were BFFs hanging.  Fans of The Office, her essay “All About The Office” was so good!  As a busy working Mom, I love the essay format.  It was a light easy read and with the hours we work who wouldn’t appreciate that?”

Lauren Snider

Bossypants by Tina Fey   “I just finished reading Bossypants by Tina Fey and it was awesome!!! I laughed so much and really felt like I was right there with her living “in a man’s world”. The most exciting thing for me is that she talked a LOT about her time in The Second City and then SURPRISE!!! They (The Second City) are going to be the keynote at Journey-CHICAGO!!! I can’t wait!!!”

Janice Cook

Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo  “Hands down! Because it reminds you to never forget what it is like to be a beginner and that you begin with a white belt. Work hard and learn more as the belt becomes black, but keep learning as the belt frays to become white again. Lifelong learner message–easy beach read…one I revisit time and time again.”

Heather Bentley

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis  “I liked it because it is so motivating and inspiring! It has pushed me to follow my dreams and not allow excuses for my life.” 
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