Unfuck your Habit by Rachel Hoffman – I loved this for the kick in the pants to get off the couch and get stuff done. Sometimes I just need someone else to tell me that I’m an adult, I’m responsible, and if I don’t take care of my shit, it won’t get done. I also really appreciate Rachel’s acknowledgment that things like mental health and chronic illness are not easy and pose difficulties to the idea of “just get off your butt.” She offers gentle encouragement with a whole lot of grace for our imperfections.
The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker – This book is great for beginners to minimalism looking for practical steps and a logical direction to the process. I skimmed some of this since it’s not where I’m at anymore. I did appreciate Joshua’s thoughts on “what next” – how to we spend our newfound time and money now that we aren’t constantly acquiring and organizing stuff, especially as we look for opportunities to live generously.
New Minimalism by Cary Fortin and Kyle Quilici – While this is again written for the beginning minimalist it’s direct ties with zero-waste elevated it to my #1 in this category. Minimalism and Zero-Waste are so intertwined in my personal story and appreciate having it reflected in text. The pictures throughout the book are beautiful as well. I returned it three weeks ago, but put it on hold again so I can do a reread in a couple months.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – I’m late to the party here, but I still loved this book. Racism and inequality is always a heavy topic, but this is written in an accessible way, even for teenagers. Though fiction, it conveys a reality for many Americans and is a story that people need to really hear and understand. I can’t wait to read Angie’s next novel coming in February!
The Opposite of Spoiled by Ron Lieber – This is one of the best parenting books I have read and feels especially timely as Rhys turns five this month. He understands the basic concept of earning, giving, saving, and spending, but now feel equipped to move forward and teach him more. I want to be intentional in how we teach finances so that he doesn’t have to learn everything haphazardly as we have.
The Zero-Waste Lifestyle by Amy Korst – Zero-waste can be an overwhelming topic to research and even more difficult to implement. I appreciated reading Amy’s experience of living garbage free for a year and the range of steps readers can take to create less waste. It also gave me some ideas as we’re pushing further into zero-waste this year, like petitioning our municipality to start curb-side compost pick-up.
Becoming by Michelle Obama – It’s probably too early to say this is the best book I read in 2019, but it will be the bench everything else is measured against. I love reading about Michelle’s childhood and the background that goes into politics, the campaigning and especially living in the White House.
The Financial Diet by Chelsea Fagan – Despite being a millennial, I am not the target audience for this book. I do think it is valuable for many women though. Its easy to read and offers practical, simple financial advice. I would have appreciated reading it in my early twenties when we were just starting out and had no clue about finances besides a healthy fear of debt.