Favorite Books

I love books. Truly though, that’s an understatement. Ever since I was a small child, I have devoured books. My earliest memories are of sitting on my grandfather’s lap in his rocking chair while he read aloud to me when I was only two years old. We read “The Little Engine That Could” hundreds of times, and eventually, I had memorized it. I think it’s safe to say that that book had a profound impact on my life and development in many, many ways!

I still read dozens of books every year. Granted, many of those are of the scholarly variety these days because of my academic goals, but I try to fit in a purely pleasurable read every now and then as well.

What follows is a list of some of my favorites organized by genre. This list will continue to grow whenever I recall a favorite read that I want to share, and you can always find what’s currently on my nightstand over in the right-hand sidebar.

I hope you find something new to read from this list and something to add to your own list of favorites. And, if you have a recommendation, I’d love to hear it!

Scroll through the entire list that follows, or choose one of these specific genres to jump forward to that section:
            Home & DIY
            Recipes & Cooking
            Health & Wellness
            Travel & World

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by Julie Murphy
Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston
Prodigal Summer
by Barbara Kingsolver

Non-Fiction: Home & DIY

Homebody: A Guide to Creating
Spaces You Never Want
to Leave

by Joanna Gaines
Cozy Minimalist Home: More
Style, Less Stuff

by Myquillyn Smith
A Touch of Farmhouse Charm: Easy
DIY Projects to Add a
Warm and Rustic Feel to Any Room

by Liz Fourez
Cozy White Cottage: 100 Ways to
Love the Feeling of Being Home

by Liz Marie Galvan
Little Farmstead Living: Creating a
Country Life Just Past the City Limits

by Julie Thomas
Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms
by Erin Benzakein

Non-Fiction: Recipes & Cooking

The Gluten-Free Vegan: 150
Delicious Gluten-Free,
Animal-Free Recipes

by Susan O’Brien
Magnolia Table: A Collection of
Recipes for Gathering

by Joanna Gaines
Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats
by Allyson Kramer

Non-Fiction: Health & Wellness

The Telomere Effect: A
Revolutionary Approach
to Living Younger, Healthier,

by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn
& Dr. Elissa Epel
Why We Sleep: Unlocking
the Power of Sleep
and Dreams

by Matthew Walker
Perfect Health: The Complete
Mind/Body Guide

by Deepak Chopra
The Incomplete Book of Running
by Peter Sagal

Non-Fiction: Autobiographical

by Michelle Obama
The Magnolia Story
by Chip & Joanna Gaines
Capital Gaines: Smart Things I
Learned Doing Stupid Stuff

by Chip Gaines
Handcrafted: A Woodworker’s

by Clint Harp
No Biking in the House
Without a Helmet:
9 Kids, 3 Continents,
2 Parents, 1 Family

by Melissa Fay Greene

Non-Fiction: Travel & World

Kissing Kilimanjaro: Leaving
It All on Top of Africa

by Daniel Dorr
Little Princes: One Man’s
Promise to Bring Home the
Lost Children of Nepal

by Conor Grennan