The 6 Books That Found Me In August (& Why My Reading Life Is A Little Bit Woo)

Do you ever notice how books find their way to you?

I want to think there’s some method, some intentionality to how I choose the books I will read, but when I look back it feels more random than that. It’s as if the Universe knows exactly which book I need to meet next and plans a scavenger hunt to help me discover it.

Ultimately, I can never remember nor trace the path that led me to my favorite books each month.

I keep a running wish list on Audible, download countless samples on my Kindle based on podcasts I listen to, jot down recommendations from friends, and take note of the curated suggestions from Amazon. I tag possible future reads in the Libby library app and always check out the best sellers and five-star rated books.

But ultimately, the books feel like they chose me.

Of course, there are signs that I’m getting close to my match…

  • The title or summary stirs up my emotions
  • I feel an immediate curiosity welling up within me about the storyline
  • I sense a kindred connection with one of the characters

Thus, sharing my favorite books with you has become a sacred, vulnerable act. I’m pulling back the curtain on what topics or themes are speaking to my soul and who’s guiding me on my path, and how Spirit is arresting my attention.

Our reading lives are immensely personal.

Books lure me towards my own becoming. They offer me instant companionship for the quiet, curvy road outstretched before me.

Within this list below, you might find books to add to your future stack, but to me…

every book reveals welcomed steps toward my future self.

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1. After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid:

Your love life should bring you love. If it doesn’t, no matter how hard you try, if you are honest and fair and good, and you decide it’s over and you need to go find love somewhere else, then…what more can the world ask of you?”

To say that marriage is on my mind lately is an understatement. My marriage is shouting at me, inviting us into a fresh start, a holding pattern, a swift end, or perhaps a little of each. This book was exactly what I needed right now.

2. A Perfect Vintage by Chelsea Fagan: I’ll take every opportunity I can to escape to the villages of France and a 40-year-old protagonist caught off guard by the unfamiliar feelings of love. I genuinely looked forward to every page of this one.

3. Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano:

“We’re part of the sky, and the rocks in your mother’s garden, and that old man who sleeps by the train station. We’re all interconnected, and when you see that, you see how beautiful life is.

Little women vibes through and through, captivated from the beginning to the end.

4. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid:

“Flirting is probably just as much about falling in love with yourself as it is with someone else. It’s about seeing yourself through someone’s eyes and realizing there is plenty to like about yourself, plenty of reasons someone might hang on your every word.”

Doesn’t that title intrigue you?! Over the last couple months I’ve received more insight and wisdom from fiction books on relationships and marriage than any non-fiction book I’ve ever read and that’s coming from someone who wants to write a non-fiction book!

5. Meet Me At The Lake by Carley Fortune

It was his idea to meet at the resort. I showed up. He’s nine years late.

What can I say, I’m a sucker for sweet, charming love stories…they remind me how human it is to long for and pursue a life full of romance and the kind of love that makes your eyes sparkle.

6. Song of A Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik

Poetry was the answer I gave to my life. I didn’t search for anything in my poems. I wrote to discover myself to become myself. And I believe in being a poet in all moments because to me being a poet mean being fully human.”

Epilogue

Based on the true story of “the most notorious woman in Iran,” Forough Farrokhzad. She is also credited with the birth of feminism in Iran. This book is an up-close look at the life of a fiery, rebellious, artistic woman who refused to let anything or anyone stop her from following her heart.

She was a woman who, as the author noted, “flung herself freely into life, voice, passion, and protest at a time when many thought women shouldn’t be heard from at all.”

The author continues, “She was simply too creative, too ambitious, too gutsy to be silenced by all the constraints others tried to place on her.”


I hope through scrolling this list you’ve felt a nudge towards a particular book, a whisper to come and bend back its pages and peek into another world filled with sacred treasures you can take along your adventure.

Which book will find its way to you next?

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