My 21 Books : R through Z

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Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls

Like another book on my list, Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls is a read for both the woman and the mother in me. I used this in my research for a paper in one of my master’s classes a few years back, and it’s sat on my shelf ever since, waiting for me to read it cover to cover. 

Talking to Strangers

Malcolm Gladwell is another one I discovered through my favorite podcast Armchair Expert. Although Gladwell has his own podcast, his novel Talking to Strangers has received much praise for its audiobook — in fact, it’s suggested that it be listened to rather than read! It features actors, cell phone recordings, and voice clips that make the text come to life. I’m super excited about this listen!

Where the Crawdads Sing

Find me a list of best fiction from the past five years that doesn’t include Where the Crawdads Sing. Seriously. I’ve seen it everywhere and now I’ve seen my friends recommending it. No other reason needed. 


It’s no secret that I absolutely adore Glennon Doyle, and naturally I because curious about her wife’s memoir Wolfpack. What I didn’t realize is that Abby Wambach’s novel preceded Untamed. Who knew? With a subtitle that reads How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game, this sounds exactly like a lesson I need for both myself and my girls. 

The Year of Magical Thinking

Reading Joan Didion’s work should be a staple for any writer, and this female writer is especially excited to read her thoughts about marriage and the power of true love in The Year of Magical Thinking

And that’s it! I don’t have any particular order that I plan to read these in, I’ll only try to keep pace so that I don’t fall behind. Please feel free to share what books are on your list this year — because it’s never too early for me to start planning for 2022!



  1. Always love book lists! I know you and know you are a conscientious reader. No doubt you will gain insight from all of these books to hold forever. I already read 6-7 of them and am adding to my list from yours. Thanks!


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