Friday Favorites: What’s on my bookshelf (including the ONLY journal I can stick to)

Happy Friday! It’s been a while since I’ve shared some of my favorite books¬†and there have been some really good ones lately. Let’s get to it! And, be sure to share in the comments what you’ve read lately so we can all add to our to-read list (or to-avoid list! ūüėČ ).

5 minute journal review


5 Minute Journal

While this isn’t a novel or book with a lot of words, it’s my new favorite book. Writing in it has become a daily routine that I look forward to and it helps set the tone for my day. Journalling always felt like this big, overwhelming task (even though I know in theory it doesn’t have to be) so I rarely did it. But this is something I’ve stuck with every morning for over a month.

You write a little in the morning and a little at night, and it’s made a huge difference¬†in how I go about my day. It’s helped me identify what actually fulfills me and makes me feel like it was a “good day” — and, news flash, it wasn’t checking the most things off my list. What does make a good day¬†for me are things like savoring time outside and being present. It’s noticing the¬†little moments¬†that bring me happiness, like playing with Maizey or watching Tommy do little things that make my heart swell. And it’s taking time to unplug, like turning off my phone or meditating. (More on that below.)

I get up in the morning, put on my running clothes, grab a cup of coffee, and get back in bed to write in this journal while sipping my coffee. It’s a simple routine, but I love it. And then at night,¬†it’s the first thing I do when I get in bed to start to unwind before switching to a novel to read for about 20 minutes, before lights out. (I highly¬†recommend signing up for their emails¬†with tips to use and personalize the journal.)

Every Day in His Presence

I’ve blogged about this before in my morning routine blog post, but I’m really enjoying¬†a new way that I’ve been integrating it into my life, in conjunction with the 5 Minute Journal. I write in my 5 Minute Journal, then read the daily devotional in this book.¬†And¬†I’ve also started reading the daily devotional again at night just before I journal to help me see how the devotional came to life during my day. I really¬†love the symmetry of starting and finishing my day with both books.

10% Happier

I’ve had this on my bookshelf for years after it was sent to me from the PR company. But…I never read it and honestly didn’t even know what it was about. When I needed a new book to read, I scanned my book shelf and randomly grabbed it. I flew through it and really enjoyed¬†reading it at night to help me unwind. It’s about Dan Harris, a news anchor who had a panic attack on national television. He shares how¬†he eventually was introduced to meditation to calm his mind of chaos. (I think we can all relate to that!) It inspired me to start meditating again and I’ve been using the Headspace app (almost) daily. And given the chaos of my life right now, I need that head space!

All the Missing Girls

If you’re looking for a quick read that will suck you in, go for this. It’s set in rural North Carolina and is about two girls that go missing, 10 years apart. I kept picturing it in Boone (where Tommy is from) and now I’m slightly afraid of the woods there. ūüėČ Tip: don’t read this at night.

The Kennedy Curse

I really love non-fiction and biographies. While in high school, I went through a phase where I read 10 biographies in about 2 months on all sorts of people. I just love peoples’ stories and reading about the life experiences of others. Anyway, my friend Whitney and I saw the movie Jackie together and over dinner afterwards, she recommended this book. ¬†It was fascinating and horrifying and so bizarre. I¬†officially now believe in the Kennedy Curse.


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    Christina Orso

    Of course we both have Every Day in His Presence. My little soul sista.

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    I totally went through a biography phase in hs too! Did you ever read about Audrey Hepburn? Her accent always fascinated me and finding out more about how she didn’t have a “native tongue” because of moving so frequently throughout Europe during the war. I am a polyglot too and love that kind of stuff ūüôā I will definitely check out the Kennedy Curse & other recs!


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    Celia @ Chicago Jogger

    Love these ideas – especially 10% Happier and the Kennedy Curse! Adding both to my list.

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    I’m about halfway through Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. It’s long but I HIGHLY recommend if you like historical fiction!


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    I’ve really been wanting to get back to journaling but I need structure. I tried a bullet journal but oof- too much work! I’m definitely going to check out the 5 minute journal.

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    Courtney Robinson

    I love to see what other people are reading and I love to read, mostly non fiction. I read 10% happier. An awesome book on happiness is The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor. If you have never seen his Ted talk, look it up, it’s hilarious and wonderful. I am currently reading Big Magic, pretty good so far. I am an RD so my reading goes from nutrition books, non-fiction self help, and then something funny like all the female comedy books (Kathy Griffin, Tina Fey, etc. ). Happy Reading!!

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