fall reading list with libby | designlovefest

i have found so much comfort, relaxation and pure joy from reading this year. i sort of forgot how much i love to read and learn, and it’s been something really great for me since i took a step back from work to focus on my own personal growth. joanie and i put a reading list together for you (joanie has a goal to read 30 books this year!) my selections are more geared towards self development and growth as that’s the phase i’m in and joanie’s picks are more geared towards weekend/holiday reading when you want to get lost in a story.

the library has been a massive resource for me. i’ll sometimes have 4-5 books i’m interested in looking through and buying them isn’t a practical option. i’d never had a library card before, somehow i thought it would be complicated to get? but the whole process takes under 10 minutes at your local library, just bring your ID and ask at the front desk for a form, everyone is really friendly. use overdrive.com to find your local library, you can search by address.

some libraries even offer digital library cards. this is huge because if you’re strapped for time everything can be done instantly online. to check to see if your library offers instant digital library card, visit overdrive.com to use the library finder and search to find your local library. click their webpage and if they have digital access it will pop right up.

also, i really want to encourage you to use the Libby app! it’s free with your library card, you can download all sorts of books to your kindle, listen to audiobooks…i love it. if something isn’t available, you can put it on hold in the app and then you’ll get a notice when it’s available to download and it feels fun and exciting. i highly encourage you to use the library as a resource, if you aren’t already, it’s a game changer!


fall reading list with libby | designlovefest

1. The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron

2. Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation, by Dan Siegel

I love the perspective and clarity these two books are bringing me right now. taking some time to really focus on what drives me creatively has been fun. and learning all about the brain and psychology lately has been fascinating!

and here are a few books that i find really eye opening when it comes to relationships and attachment.

fall reading list with libby | designlovefest

3. We Do: Saying Yes to a Relationship of Depth, True Connection, and Enduring Love, by Stan Tatkin

4. Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, by Esther Perel

5. Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, by Sue Johnson

we probably should have been doing couple’s therapy before we got married…but we just didn’t. busy lives, we put it off. we finally started going and it’s been great so far. i think we are an awesome couple but i do think we have a few arguments that have occurred since the beginning that i was really interested in addressing and moving past. it’s been really nice having someone there to hold us both accountable and teach us the reasoning behind why certain arguments happen and how to resolve them. i’m really happy we decided to go, even if it’s just something we start doing every few months to check in.


fall reading list with libby | designlovefest

1. Pachinko: by Min Jin Lee

2. A Gentleman in Moscow: by Amor Towles

fall reading list with libby | designlovefest

3. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: by Gail Honeyman

4. The Cider House Rules: by John Irving

5. Daisey Jones & the Six: by Taylor Jenkins Reid

would love to hear some of the books on your fall reading list or ones you just finished and loved!

(this post is created in partnership with OverDrive, a company that i could not be more thrilled to work with and one that i utilize in my daily life)


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    Lizzy says:

    What a cool partnership!! Love this post and the touches of design that make it more digestible than a straight list of books 🙂

    bri says:

    thanks lizzy, we’re very excited about the partnership too! Xx

    Emily says:

    Love the book recommendations! There are a couple of typos though in the images. We Do should say “theory” in the caption but it says thory. And in A Gentleman in Moscow it says “the main on” when it should be “the main one”

    Kitty says:

    Love hearing your lists! I’ve been using my library card a lot more since the summer— it had been so long that I was almost afraid to walk on there and find out any fines I had from books I’ve owed back for ages haha! Daisy Jones and the Six is already on my reading list but I definitely want to add the John Irving book. I just read A Prayer for Owen Meanie recently and loved it! What struck me about the personal development books was just how much there is out there and we can choose ones tailored specifically to us! Excited to explore those. Thanks so much for putting this post together!

    Pauline says:

    I have never used the online library card system to read books but maybe I will check into it. I do love to read. Thanks

    bri says:

    If you already have a library card, you download the app called “libby”, it’s amazing! You can put all your books on hold through there, digital and hard copies.

    Jerome says:

    Cool partnership. And a service you actually use – that’s a win-win.

    temple run 2 says:

    Love the book recommendations! There are a couple of typos though in the images. We Do should say “theory” in the caption but it says thory. And in A Gentleman in Moscow it says “the main on” when it should be “the main one”

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