5 Books to Read this Winter


The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

The Opposite of Loneliness compiles essays written by a bright Yale student who tragically died in a car accident shortly after her college graduation. Marina Keegan writes of hope and the human desire to clarify what we are meant to do. Compelling and valuable, Keegan’s words lend relatable and hopeful insight into finding our place in the world.


The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

Elizabeth Kolbert’s evaluation of natural history presents fascinating details about the devastating human impact on our planet. Although dense and rich in research, The Sixth Extinction is an engaging account of the planet’s history, and investigates extinction itself and what it means for our species.


The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

Perhaps one of the most perplexing questions for people is that which asks what is expected of us versus what we actually want to do with our lives. In her engaging four-part book, Elle Luna explores the difference between duty and expectation and passion and calling. Inspired by her own experiences, Luna highlights the difference between what we “should” do and what we “must” do, and encourages readers to discover exactly what they want to do.


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

I have heard wonderful things about this guide to decluttering your home, and I cannot wait to read it. Author Marie Kondo is a cleaning consultant who has developed a method that inspires life-long change to maintain a tidy household. Unwanted things tend to collect in my home and it is difficult to stay on top of papers piling up before they begin to drive me crazy. Many people struggle with clutter, and this is a great manual for anyone who wants manageable ways to sustain a neat home.


Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt has helped countless people discover their calling in life, and his writing and insight come highly recommended to me by my dear friend Stacey Hammarberg. Hyatt’s new book introduces wisdom for setting and achieving realistic goals and intentionally crafting our lives to be more fulfilling and satisfying. His methods can apply to so many different areas, this book is a great selection for anyone who wants to accomplish her/his dreams, rather than leaving them forgotten.


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