recommended reading list

Happy Sunday, everyone! Here in North Dakota we’re all hunkering in for an eventful next 30 hours filled with a rain storm followed by a snow storm….right now the rain is pouring down and there is thunder and lightning shaking and lighting up the sky. This weather inspired my post for tonight. A few months back I made a reading list for all of you with some of my favorite books/recent reads at the time (you can check it out here!) and since we have a week of nasty weather ahead I thought I would share another 5 of my favorites with all of you in case you’re looking for something new to cozy up on the couch with 🙂

I am fortunate to be in a monthly book club with a group of women and I have read many books this year that I may not have picked up on my own thanks to them. Below are 5 reads for all of you to check out. I chose some books across categories so hopefully there is a little something for everyone. I included a few words about each book but didn’t want to give anything away!

Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult

This book is very different from other Jodi Picoult books that I’ve read. Even though there are undertones of love this book is mainly focused on humanity and ethics. The book explores a black woman working as a labor and delivery nurse and discusses the ethical dilemma she is encountered with and the aftermath of her choice. This book is told through the eyes of multiple characters and each chapter change brings a change of perspective. I read this book in one weekend and couldn’t put it down.


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The Boys in the Boat – Daniel James Brown

Since we are just coming off of the winter Olympics in South Korea this is a timely story. Boys in the Boat explores the training, relationships, and performance of the 1936 United States men’s Olympic rowing team. It is a great book detailing the perseverance and grit that this group of men endured as they were preparing for the contest of a lifetime: and one where they were in no way favored to win.


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Lean In for Graduates – Sheryl Sandberg

Many of you I’m sure have heard of the wildly popular book Lean In by Facebook female powerhouse Sheryl Sandberg. This version is geared specifically toward college graduates and I was given it as a gift from my parents for my college graduation from NDSU. Any readers who are within their first few years outside of college would find this to be an extremely helpful read. It divulges into some of the challenges found in the college to workplace transition and helps you to identify ways to lean in and make your seat at the table.


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The Girls of Atomic City – Denise Kiernan

This work by Denise Kiernan is fascinating and eye-opening. As you can see by the sub-title on the photo of the book below this is “the untold story of the women who helped win World War II”. As a female, I was completely taken aback by this story and loved learning some of the details behind how women played a HUGE part in the United States victory of World War II by doing their work back here at home. This book explores the “city” that was set up and dedicated to the creation of the most modern weapons and research of WWII and the United States forces. The story carries the plot line of a number of women to keep things personal but shows the historical accurateness of the impact women made back home on US soil.


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A Long Way Gone – Ishmael Beah

This book has such a powerful story; following the life of a young boy who is from the country of Sierra Leone. It follows him through his journey as he is forced to be a “boy soldier” such the civil and political unrest in his country. This is a heartbreaking story but one that is so important to read so that we can even try to begin to understand how the lives of children growing up in war-torn countries look.



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I hope that this list comes at a good time for those of you who may have been looking for some new books or recommendations to check out. Those of you reading in North Dakota I hope that you stay warm and safe during these next couple of days. As always, thanks so much for reading! I hope that a good book, your couch, a quilt, and a cup of hot chocolate are in your near future.


xoxo Jen


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