2015 Essential Reads for your Health, Happiness, Career & Beautiful Life


Happy almost New Year! People are always asking for book recommendations so we compiled a well-rounded list for you below. Enjoy!

For creating your New Year’s Resolutions:

1) The Desire Map by Danielle Laporte

Danielle Laporte is a bit “out there” for my liking but she brings up great points and allows you to hone in on your core desires which translate into all aspects of your life. This is the perfect prerequisite for planning out your New Year’s Resolutions.  Danielle will take you step by step to guide you to what you truly desire for 2015.

Link: http://amzn.to/1A9r02M

For a splash of inspiration and gratitude:

2) A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

This story is a tough read in certain moments but I literally couldn’t put it down. Like many of us dream to do, Amanda does. She sets out in her mid 20s to travel and find herself. Into her trip she is held hostage for 460 days, Amanda survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. For me, a House in the Sky is the most motivational, inspiring read to date.

Link: http://amzn.to/1zrHalI

For the Pet Lovers

3) You Had Me at Woof by Julie Klam

This New York Times bestselling You Had Me at Woof is the often-hilarious and always charming story of one woman's discovery of all she really needed to learn about life through her relationships with her canine companions.

Link: http://amzn.to/1HH3jiA

For the Foodies

4) Chloe's Vegan Italian Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli

While I’m not vegan (or even vegetarian at that), this fun chef creates healthy and easy recipes using minimal ingredients. She even was the winner of the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Oh…and don’t let the focus of pastas and pizzas fool you, this is one healthy cookbook!

Link: http://bit.ly/1zktO99

For Healthy & Romantic Relationships

5) The Five Love Languages by Gary D Chapman

This book breaks down the barriers we have with communication in relationships. Whether you’re married or single, this book provides great insight to how we show and receive love and can be used in all types of relationships (sisterhood, friends, family, romantic partners)

.Link: http://amzn.to/1zBuZ9d

The Life Changer

6) The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

When I heard this book was about a shepherd boy I cringed and said no thank you. After hearing everyone and their mother recommend it and learning the author had sold more than 300 billion copies, I decided to take a second look. This story is all about following your dreams and pursuing your passion. It’s relatable and inspiring and truly a life changer.

Link: http://bit.ly/141zywE

If you love Chelsea Handler…

7) Yes Please by Amy Poehler

In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book is full of words to live by.

Link: http://amzn.to/1FQv5Lu

For the Fitness Fanatics

8) The Women’s Health Big Book of 15 Minute Workouts by Selene Yeager

This book takes you through 15 minute workouts based on core areas of the body you want to focus on. You can focus on just 15 minutes or combine them. This is great for anyone who travels, has a crazy schedule, new moms, on a budget, or just can’t get to the gym.

Link: http://amzn.to/1B95qtb

For the Spiritual

9) Trusting God day by day: 365 Daily Devotions by Joyce Meyer

This quick daily devotional is a great way to start your mornings, creating a positive day ahead.

Link: http://amzn.to/1A9wZ7H 

Grab em’ here!

My Favorite Bookstores:

The Book Loft in German Village

Half Priced books (various locations)

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Grandview Heights Library

Have any other must reads? Leave them in the comment section below!