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The Ten Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection: The Books I Got for Christmas

Want to know which books I got for Christmas?  First, let me tell you about a holiday gift giving tradition that I absolutely can get behind.

Did you know that every year on Christmas Eve, Icelanders give books as holiday gifts? They call it Jólabókaflóð (Jolabokaflod) or the Christmas book flood. That’s probably one of the reasons why Iceland is currently the world’s third most literate nation. According to published data, 99% of Icelanders over the age of 15 among the island nation’s 376,000 people can read.  They LOVE books!

I read about this holiday gift giving tradition years ago in an article, but I was super excited to see a newly released picture book about it entitled The Christmas Book Flood.  That book is currently sold out everywhere and is definitely one of my favorite children’s books published in 2022. I’ll be sharing a list of my top children’s books soon, but I first wanted to let you know about ten books I received as gifts for Christmas that I’m excited to read in 2023!  Check out the list below.

Your turn: What books have you added to your collection lately? I’d love to hear in the comments if you care to share. Did you find any new books to add to your collection or check out from your local library?

Note: This blog post was inspired by Top Ten Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times

Michelle Obama
18 and up
Michelle Obama offers readers a series of fresh stories and insightful reflections on change, challenge, and power, including her belief that when we light up for others, we can illuminate the richness and potential of the world around us, discovering deeper truths and new pathways for progress. Drawing from her experiences as a mother, daughter, spouse, friend, and First Lady, she shares the habits and principles she has developed to successfully adapt to change and overcome various obstacles—the earned wisdom that helps her continue to “become.”

The Psychology of Money: The Psychology of Money: Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness

Morgan Housel
18 and up
In The Psychology of Money, award-winning author Morgan Housel shares 19 short stories exploring the strange ways people think about money and teaches you how to make better sense of one of life’s most important topics.

Do You Take This Man

Denise Williams
18 and up
Divorce attorney RJ would never describe herself as romantic. But when she ends up officiating an unplanned wedding for a newly engaged couple in a park, her life is turned upside down. The video of the ceremony goes viral, and she finds herself in the unlikely position of being a sought-after local wedding officiant. Spending her free time overseeing “I dos” isn’t her most strategic career move, but she enjoys it, except for the type A dude-bro wedding planner she’s forced to work with.

Eat Plants, B*tch: 91 Vegan Recipes That Will Blow Your Meat-Loving Mind

Pinky Cole
18 and up
From the Slutty Vegan herself, a collection of ninety-one delicious, guilt-free, plant-based recipes that you will love to indulge in from the comfort of your own home. With mouth-watering photographs and easy-to-follow instructions, Eat Plants, B*tch celebrates Cole’s belief that it’s fun and accessible to cook and enjoy irresistible vegan comfort food. From Avocado Egg Rolls to her Black Pea Cauliflower Po’​Boy or Oyster Mushroom Parm and everything in between, it won’t be long before you will also be declaring Cole’s timeless mantra: Eat Plants, B*tch!

The Power of Fun: How to Feel Alive Again

Catherine Price
18 and up
Weaving together scientific research with personal experience, Price reveals the surprising mental, physical, and cognitive benefits of fun, and offers a practical, personalized plan for how we can achieve better screen/life balance and attract more True Fun into our daily lives--without feeling overwhelmed. Groundbreaking, eye-opening, and packed with useful advice, The Power of Fun won't just change the way you think about fun. It will bring you back to life.

The 2-Hour Cocktail Party: How to Build Big Relationships with Small Gatherings

Nick Gray
18 and up
Discover a simple formula with step-by-step instructions to host parties that help you meet new people, strengthen your existing relationships, and make you the person everyone wants to know. You’ll learn which days are the best (probably not the ones you think!) and what to say to the first people who arrive. Read how to ensure your invitations get responses and your guests show up excited to mingle. Plus, get helpful pre-party checklists and a breakdown of activities to encourage new connections.

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals

Oliver Burkeman
18 and up
Drawing on the insights of both ancient and contemporary philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual teachers, Oliver Burkeman delivers an entertaining, humorous, practical, and ultimately profound guide to time and time management. Rejecting the futile modern fixation on “getting everything done,” Four Thousand Weeks introduces readers to tools for constructing a meaningful life by embracing finitude, showing how many of the unhelpful ways we’ve come to think about time aren’t inescapable, unchanging truths, but choices we’ve made as individuals and as a society―and that we could do things differently.

Reminders of Him

Colleen Hoover
18 and up
After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild. Everyone in her daughter's life is determined to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself. The only person who hasn't closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining links to Kenna's daughter. But if anyone were to discover how Ledger is slowly becoming an important part of Kenna's life, both would risk losing the trust of everyone important to them.

Before I Let Go

Kennedy Ryan
18 and up
Yasmen wasn't prepared for how her life fell apart, but she's is finally starting to find joy again. She and Josiah have found a new rhythm, co-parenting their two kids and running a thriving business together. Yet like magnets, they're always drawn back to each other, and now they're beginning to wonder if they're truly ready to let go of everything they once had. Soon, one stolen kiss leads to another...and then more. It's hot. It's illicit. It's all good--until old wounds reopen. Is it too late for them to find forever? Or could they even be better, the second time around?

The Guest List

Lucy Foley
18 and up
On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favors, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.
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