5 Super Helpful Books for Different Areas of Your Life

I’m not a monogamist when it comes to reading. Right now, I have about 5 books that I’m reading through and I like them all for different reasons. If you’re struggling with a new writing project, managing your time, saving money while cooking, and dealing with LIFE — I recommend these books because these writers are smart and have figured out things that will help you improve your life.

If You’re Struggling With Time Management at Work:

Work Simply by Carson Tate

I recently interviewed Carson for an upcoming article in a national magazine and she is a wealth of information. Her official title is workplace productivity expert, but I prefer to think of her as a time ninja! Her book is all about capitalizing on your natural skill set, which she divides into 4 productivity personalities. Turns out I’m a Planner (As my husband points out, anyone who knows me well can surmise this)! Her book has helped me already in my freelance life streamline processes like CHECKING MY EMAIL FIFTEEN TIMES A DAY. Under her guidance, I’ve blocked out times during the day I’ll check and respond to email. Time saved already.

If You’re Struggling With Writing:

The Plot Whisperer Workbook by Martha Alderson

I’m outlining a new YA book and this book has been super duper helpful with outlining it and answering important questions so that I can figure out my book before writing the first draft. I really like the practicality of her exercises and the way she gives examples of other popular movies and literature, so you can see structure in action. If you struggle with plotting out any writing project, I highly recommend this workbook.

If You Want to Save Money While Cooking:

Mastering the Art of Vegan Cooking by Annie and Dan Shannon

People often think that being vegan means spending $1,000 at Whole Foods. Nope. The Shannons are this cute vegan couple in Brooklyn raising an equally cute vegan baby, and guess what, they don’t spend a million dollars at Whole Foods. Their latest tome is a great guide for saving moolah, learning how to keep things fresh, and cooking kickass meals. Plus, there’s a whole leftovers section, which takes one recipe and turns it into several meals.

If You’re Having a Crappy Day/Month/Year

When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön

I’m not gonna lie, friends, the past few months have been a doozy. I’ve lost Bentley, two pregnancies, and my long-time pup Buddy was recently diagnosed with heart disease. When Things Fall Apart felt very much like my life. Two friends recommended this book, and it’s been so helpful for dealing with grief and loss. I’m sorry if you’re having a terrible time as of late. I hope this book helps you as much as it has helped me.

If You Want Some Smart Pop Culture Commentary

Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

I’m a feminist and when I was flipping through this copy, I noticed that Gay had written about Sweet Valley High and her genuine love for the series (me too!). Her hilarious, on-point remarks about the Sweet Valley  Confidential series was so dead on that I burst out laughing while reading. Her essays tackle all sorts of topics, and I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to be entertained and educated at the same time.

What books are you reading that you think have made your life better? Tell me in the comments!

7 Comments on “5 Super Helpful Books for Different Areas of Your Life

  1. Like your list of books–will certainly check them out! I’m so sorry you have had a rough past few months–I really hope that is all behind you and you are moving upwards and onwards. . Am thinking of you and it’s gotta be tons better now—take care and keep well, Jennifer!

  2. Thank you for including the PW Workbook in your awesome list! I’m honored to be included in the line-up. I am so sorry to read about your loses and sadness over the past few months. So glad you found help. Sending you lots of loving healing energy now and always.

    • Thank you for your kind words and healing energy, Martha. Your book has been so helpful to my writing, which brings me such joy. I’m so glad I discovered your books at the LA Writers Conference!

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