D.E.A.R. For those of you who may not remember those 4 letters, turned acronym, stand for Drop Everything And Read. D.E.A.R time isn’t just about reading; it’s about getting lost in a really good book. The kind of book you can’t put down and, the kind you look forward to picking up and, definitely the kind you want to curl up with. Moving into December can seem rough with the cold weather and end-of-the-year stress looming over your head but a good book can help. We’ve rounded up a few reads for you to get cozy with this month as we perpetually slide into the end of the year.
Grand Union by Zadie Smith
The first short story collection by Zadie Smith is just as exciting as the beloved author’s novels. If you’ve had the chance to read some of her short fiction elsewhere you don’t want to sleep on this collection. In it, Zadie writes about experiences in the modern world and through each story is it’s own, the book reads cohesively as though they were chapters in a novel.
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
The best way to learn is through experience and that is exactly what you’ll get from this modern take on a how-to book. It is filled with humorous stories that inspire growth and sound advice for how to identify change. Each chapter serves up tips and stories to teach you to accept your gifts and how to create a life you’ll love. Self-sabotage is real and this book is a creative fun way to stay motivated and create change for a better you and ultimately happier life.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
There is a reason this book has sparked a following and been dubbed a literary classic. The story of The Alchemist is enchanting, mysterious and magical. A harrowing tale about a young boy’s travels through the desert in search of treasure and wonder, but what he finds instead is much greater. A true page-turner for the first time or loyal reader.
The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson
An intriguing read about the one thing everyone should know more about, The Body: A Guide for Occupants walks readers through the human body artfully explaining how it functions. Full of facts, this book will give you a deeper understanding of how amazing the human body is and how systems work together and sometimes fail together. This read will amaze you and may just give you the push you need to begin your journey to better wellness and health.
This memoir has all the makings of a good book. It about staying strong and brave in the midst of betrayal. It reminds us that while we go through the fires of life we are meant to be warriors and each page is packed full of painful truths that ultimately bring out the best in the author. This tale of self-discovery is relatable and a good read to see yourself through when you are struggling with the wars of your world.