Times have definitely changed…..we’ve had to re-evaluate our priorities, change our mindsets, and hone in on our patience and endurance. Now that we are spending a large portion of our time at home, we (especially me) have discovered more free time than we previously had before. I’ve managed to squeeze in more reading time….not that I had that much before! As you all know, I am an avid reader (check out my favorite books of 2019 post) and will pretty much read any genre.
Reading has always been something I have loved and cherished; a easy way to escape all the chaos in our daily lives. But there are so many more reasons why reading is good for you. Reading literally exercises your mind and body…..it increases your blood flow and improves the connectivity in your brain. It literally makes your smarter! That’s a win win win! Your writing, vocabulary and spelling also improve; your work colleagues will be impressed! Reading also increases your cultural knowledge, especially with books set in other countries or written by authors from other countries. These are just some of the ways reading is good for you. With that being said, I am sharing my reading challenge for 2020; I’ve managed to check off a few items 3 months into the year. What books are you reading that meet this challenge? Happy Reading!
During our trips this year, I managed to squeeze in some reading time on the long flights. I love reading and have always been an avid reader since I was a child. Diving into a good book is one way I stay sane, especially during chaos, and gives me some me time away (self care) from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I challenged myself this year to read books outside of my comfort zone, I’m a big fan of fiction books, and also choose books based on other factors such as cover art, published the year I was born, title that began with specific letter or contain certain phrases, author ethnicity, etc. By doing this, I found myself reading steampunk/fantasy, memoirs, historical fiction and some self help books. Below is a list of my 5 favorites books from this year, some you have heard of and others you may not. Although these are my 5 favorite books, I did have some notable mentions that are definitely worth picking up on your next trip to the bookstore. Happy reading!!!
“The Clockwork Dynasty” by Daniel H. Wilson
The Clockwork Dynasty interweaves past and present, exploring a race of beings designed to live by ironclad principles, yet constantly searching for meaning. As June plunges deeper into their world, her choices will ultimately determine their survival or extermination. This a great mix of science fiction, fantasy, fiction and steampunk all wrapped into one that will keep you entertained till the very end.
“Becoming” by Michelle Obama
In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms.
“The Death of Mrs. Westaway” by Ruth Ware
On a day that begins like any other, Hal receives a mysterious letter bequeathing her a substantial inheritance. She realizes very quickly that the letter was sent to the wrong person—but also that the cold-reading skills she’s honed as a tarot card reader might help her claim the money. Soon, Hal finds herself at the funeral of the deceased…where it dawns on her that there is something very, very wrong about this strange situation and the inheritance at the centre of it. A mystery-thriller full of suspense, this book kept me guessing all to the surprise ending.
“The Moors Account” by Laila Lalami
The Moor’s Account (2014) is a fictionalized memoir of the first African explorer in the new world. Very little is known about him beyond the fact that he was one of only four survivors of the ill-fated Narváez expedition. In this historical novel, which cleverly employs flashbacks and first-person narration, author Laila Lalami imagines Mustafa telling his own story of endurance and survival. A historical fiction based in Morocco and Africa, this book provides a new perspective and view point on concepts and stories I have heard before. This book definitely made rethink the past. And the book cover…..is beautiful!
“Work Party: How to Create and Cultivate the Career of your Dreams” by Jaclyn Johnson
Jaclyn Johnson—the founder and CEO behind Create & Cultivate, the fastest growing online platform and conference for millennial women in business— offers a rallying cry for a new generation of women who are redefining the meaning of work on their own terms: WorkParty. Women who want it all and more, and guess what? They can have it. Funny, entertaining and light-hearted this non-fiction business book is for any woman looking to accelerate her career.
Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
Artemis by Andy Weir
The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
Present over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler life, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist
Christmas is coming…… Are you ready?? I am so excited to create the first ever The Traveller’s Wife Christmas guide! After a loooong year of traveling, my favorite traveler is need of some much needed rest, relaxation and a restock of his favorite travel items. So we put our heads together and curated a globally inspired list of our favorite items that not only helped make traveling easier but also made chaos survival at home a breeze. What better way to say “Merry Christmas” than with specially curated travel gifts. Check out our list:
Calling all travelers!!!! Looking for the perfect map to document all your adventures, then Conquest Maps are the perfect gift. Conquest Maps specializes in pin board and poster wall maps to document all your travel adventures. Ordering is so simple…
Choose your map region: US, World, Caribbean, State, etc
Choose your map style: they have 7 different styles (they are all gorgeous!)
Customize: customize the legend including text, push pin colors and push pin style
Even though Levenger is known for its high quality journals and notebooks, have you checked out their travel section? These are our top 3 travel items from Levenger! My husband loves his passport ticket wallet, especially since he will visit 2 or 3 countries in one trip and the tech roll up keeps all the cords for all his gadgets neat and organized. The earbuds are a life saver for me with all the things floating around my purse. The best part…..all are made of genuine leather and come in an assortment of colors. Talk about durability! We own all 3!
Based in Germany, Aphrodite Jewelry makes watches, bracelets and necklaces. These unique gifts can be customized with different charms and worn as bundles with their watches or separately. Also, use my code “travellerswife35” for 15% off! These are the perfect gift for that special someone in your life.
Le Grand Verre Wines provides a way to discover wines directly from France. All their wines are hand-picked from sustainable farms, vetted by chefs and sommeliers, and from family and women-owned wineries in France. With options from bold and fruity reds, refreshing whites and roses and even special holiday packages there is is something for everyone. This is the perfect gift for a wine connoisseurs that keeps on giving.
The uniquely portable Nomader® Collapsible Water Bottle makes it easy to stay hydrated while traveling. Designed with a flexible BPA-free silicone body, the travel-friendly Nomader® water bottle can be folded-up or collapsed flat to save on space, yet it’s as comfortable to drink from as a hard-sided bottle. With 10 different colors to choose from and TSA approved, these water bottles are the perfect gift for any traveller.
Known as “the worlds most comfortable shoe” Allbirds are the perfect travel shoe. Made from New Zealand merino wool, Allbirds shoes are comfortable, simply designed (for men, women and kids), moisture-wicking, cozy and are made for life’s adventures. Additionally, the entire shoe is made from recycled materials from the laces down to the packaging. What better way to love mother earth.
Extra long weekend? You need an extra large weekender. Whether you’re taking a planned vacay or extending your Sunday into Tuesday, their extra large Landon Carryall has the most room of all its smaller siblings. It has a dust bag for shoes, a leash for keys, and a pouch for any other goodies you can’t travel without. And what’s a weekender without a removable crossbody strap and two sneaky zipper pockets that keep your unmentionables from being, well, mentioned? And if you’re thirsty, there’s a place for your bottle (of water or wine).