Originally published in the Chillicothe Gazette, December 21, 2019
by Sheena Brown and Kelsey Holmes
Being a human is hard, but you’re not alone. Sometimes – especially around the holidays – life gets downright ugly and no amount of twinkling lights or tinseled trees can change it. In those times, it’s important to take care of ourselves.
For those looking to recharge their inner light, we bring you a list of inspirational books to fill your winter reading lists.
“Recovery” by Russell Brand – If you’re a human, you’re numbing something. This book helps shine a light on why and how not to.
Anything written by Brene Brown – Everything we thought about vulnerability is wrong.
“Believe Bigger” by Marshawn Evans Daniels – A road map to seeing beauty in the breakdown.
“The Book of Forgiving” by Desmond and Mpho Tutu – We have more power. Power to choose who we are and what we carry. Forgiving is a choice requiring strength and truth. There is nothing weak about it.
“Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert – It’s become a joke, a phenomenon avoided on the pure principal of its popularity. But this book teaches so much about spirituality, trusting self, listening to the universe, and having faith in the flow of life. Horrible movie, life-changing book.
“The Princess Saves Herself in This One” by Amanda Lovelace – Deeply personal poems that examine life, loss, grief and healing.
“My Lady Jane” by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows – This book is historical fiction that’s not very historical. It’s a great read if you want something that’s well-written, but a little silly.
“The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein – Who doesn’t love a good dog book? This is one of the best. Life and the human condition through the eyes of a faithful dog.
“Stepsister” by Jennifer Donnelly – Cinderella’s stepsister, but she’s not what fairytales have taught us to believe. Inside is an insecure girl just trying to live up to unrealistic familial expectations.
“Under Rose-Tainted Skies” by Louise Gornall – This read is great whether you’re struggling, or are supporting a loved one who is struggling with mental illness. It reaches deeply into the psyche of someone with mental illness and reveals the truth of the internal battle.
We hope that these books help ease the stress and anxiety that can come along with the holidays. This is only a meager sampling of the numerous books we could recommend. Check the library’s online catalog for availability. If you’re looking for more inspirational reads, check into your nearest CRCPL location and any of our friendly staff will be happy to help you. (And bring cookies. Librarians love cookies.)
Sheena Brown is a Public Services Clerk and Kelsey Holmes is a Youth Services Clerk at the Main Library. Both are cookie fans (and probably missed lunch).