Turning a new book page can help you open up new ideas, improve your health, transform careers, expand relationships and more. In our new series, Nice print We ask our editors and the women we admire to share topics that have changed their lives and why. Ready to embark on a new chapter? The best books to read right now will get you there.
I am here to share the best books To read now, but before starting, let’s play the game of expectation versus reality.
Expected: The weather was warming up and I was outside in a hammock, suspended in the grass like a breeze moving me back and forth. Beneath the tree, I open a new book, and time stretches ahead for a long time that I want to read. Before I knew it, hours had passed and I spent my time hiding myself in the blinding, dim 70 degree sun. There was only one flower behind my ear.
Reality: It’s past bedtime and I’m reading 5 pages of a new book with all my lights, squeezing part of a chapter at the doctor’s office, or dropping a book because I’m bored.
Whether or not we all share the fantasy of youth reading, I’m sure many of you share my desire to read more. Honestly, I always struggle to maintain a consistent reading habit and it often gets me into contact every spring when I review the goals I put in the beginning of the year. However, I’ve learned that you don’t need to hammock or long hours in a day to be a great reader. In fact, even a few minutes of reading a day will take you far and you might be surprised that just one book can expand your perception and imagination in ways you never would. foreseeable.
There is nothing like the book that put you in present moment and shows you things about yourself that you didn’t know before.
So, with warmer weather and horizon travel, it’s the season to spend tireless time getting lost in a good book. Our team has been pondering over their recent favorites, so scroll into our list of best books to read right now. Is there any title to add? Drop them in the comments below!
Lily Young’s honesty and humor fascinated me from the beginning of this book. It tells the story of Casey Peabody, a writer who faces an emotional turmoil and her creativity stalled after her mother’s death and a bad breakup, as she tries to start a fresh start. . Casey’s story gives a real glimpse into the life of a “starving artist” as she struggles to make ends meet while her peers seem to be doing well in her career and their life. Casey grapples with the blocks we all face in any creative endeavor, whether mentally, financially or conditionally. Her everyday is alluring in the style of a money diary, and I feel drawn to her vulnerability and of course, her sense of humor as she reveals her risks and the reward of a creative life. – Michelle Nash, Senior Producer
I love a fascinating medical memoir, and this amazing story by Suleika Jaouad is just that, and so much more. She shares her journey through cancer and what happens in life after illness with vulnerability and honesty. There’s no silver lining for what she’s been through but somehow, it never feels discouraged, and her story illuminates the beauty of life even amid incredible pain. amazed. I can’t put it down until the last page. – Camille Styles, Editor-in-Chief
One of my best friends gave me this book for my 30th birthday. It is a transformative, spiritual work that will help you reflect on life in new ways. I like Solnit’s use of analogy. She breaks this gorgeous idea of blue and has lots of single-layer liners that can sweep you away. One of my favorite reminders: How would you go looking for that thing, its nature completely unknown? – Riley Blanks, Editorial Contribution
Sadiya Hartman is one of my favorite writers of all time. She explain white man’s sovereignty scholarly, insightful and easy to digest (though I urge you to take your time). There was something precious in her words. Actually, I have a note on my phone called “My favorite line “ and most of what I write has excerpts from her literature. This book makes no difference. I must have reread the introduction five times. Although Hartman paints devastating realities, she does it subtly.
Good life, beautiful tests is absolutely breathtaking. It explores the black intimate life revolution that broke out in the early 20th century in Philadelphia and New York. There is a manifestation of black female adventure and sensuality and claims of sexual emancipation, single motherhood and even serial mates. Joy is outstanding. Love was everywhere. These are lives that we don’t see in the news. Not wrapped in a lovely bow but drawn as a work of art, daring and dashing. Read this book. – Riley Blanks, Editor Contributions
Recently, I have kicked YA (see more Summer I become beautiful series by Jenny Han and A matchstick made of Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai) and delighted when this book comes out in February. The story revolves around two rival noodle business families and the two main characters Bao and Linh, who have been avoiding each other for most of their lives, suspecting that their family’s feud comes from something deep. far more than friendly competition.
This story is all I want and more: from identity navigation, family and culture, to thinking about the future and the sweet romance that comes with young love. I like that it’s not full of typical romantic comedies that can sometimes feel cheesy and the story that has navigated the history of the family fleeing the Vietnam War and to the US extremely well. Come on. All the characters are great and you are really rooted in them. This is a must read for sure. Suruchi Avasthi, Editor of Cuisine
I absolutely love Saumya’s first book, Indian women are well behavedSo when I know she has a second book coming out this year, you bet I pre-ordered it too quickly. What a happy family follows Joshi, an elite Indian-American family living outside of Atlanta. The summary states that after a family scandal, “Joshi’s family must rely on each other more than ever. But sometimes, families have to break down to come back stronger ”. I am very excited about this reading. Saumya has a real gift for bringing the characters and their stories to life in a way that feels real and easy to understand, and I can’t wait to read this story. Suruchi Avasthi, Editor of Cuisine
Jay Shetty’s self-help book is so more and more. His inspirational work teaches readers how to dig deep to find their own centered calm and happiness. Shetty draws on her first knowledge from her work as a monk in India and encourages her followers to “think like a monk” through humility, breathing. , intention, let go, show, present and be grateful. – Anne Campbell, Editor of Contribution
The iconic Joan Didion’s latest book is a collection of previously published essays on topics ranging from writing, politics and personal insecurities. If you are a fan of her previous work then these 12 essays will be a fascinating glimpse into her world. I swallow it down in just one weekend and will happily read dozens more essays. The book is an easy to understand and understandable glimpse of how her career has unfolded and the ways in which it colorizes her personal life. (Though I have to admit that I was genuinely thrilled to discover that I wouldn’t last a weekend visiting Howard Hughes at Hearst Castle because it turns out, “no one was expelled from court. this sentence unless he drank too much or mentioned death. ”I’ll leave it to you to decide what fake behavior I will commit most.) – Lourdes Avila Uribe, Contribution Editor
“I really like Half gone and I tried to read more books by Black authors and new voices and I tend to be attracted to strong female leads. It started with a secret that immediately caught my attention. Mothers is a debut novel by Brit Bennett. The book follows Nadia, a young woman who left her Southern California homeland years ago after her mother’s death and is called back to rescue her family. – Brandy Joy Smith, Parenting Partner
Playing team sports shaped me and taught me many life lessons. The most beautiful thing tells the story of a black guy’s decision to join the rowing team and how the team created a life-changing experience for him and his teammates. Touching true-to-life story about a group of young people who grew up in western Chicago who formed the nation’s first all-black high school rowing team, and in doing so didn’t just transform a sport but also their life. – Brandy Joy Smith, Parenting Partner
While I often turn to writing fiction or non-fiction consulting books exploring parenting, personality styles, etc., I started following Alexandra Elle on Instagram in the fall and loved the quiet presence. Her vase and wisdom. After looking at her book at a friend’s house, I was fascinated by the authenticity and beauty that emerged from just a few pages. After the rain is the soul guide part of the memoir that will help you embrace all the beauty, love and opportunities that life offers. Readers follow her journey as she goes through challenging experiences and use them to create purpose and express with courage and clarity (you can pair it with a full diary her beautiful reminders, writing exercises, and mantras). – Hannah Zahner, Beauty and Wellness Editor