While I try to read as much as I can, it doesn’t always work out. But today, I am bringing you five of my favorite books (make that recent favorites). Not all are speech therapy related or business related. Some are just for fun. Summer’s not quite over for you school SLPs, so you still have plenty of time to get one last fun read before school starts!
I read #GIRLBOSS a couple of Christmas breaks ago. It was after the holidays and I was feeling a little bored so I started researching books on Amazon. I’ve never been a “boring business” book but this one looked interesting. I bought it and read that baby cover to cover in less than 2 days! It was exactly what I needed-the motivation to start the new year off right. I started listening to her podcasts not longer after I went back to work to keep the motivation up. Even though Sophia is in the fashion industry, I still felt her struggles. New business struggle is the same in every industry. How will brand my business? What do I do to get my name out there? Where is my next paycheck coming from?? Those were all things I worried about what I started Speech Chick Therapy almost seven years ago. I loved that she was honest about her struggles and why she started her clothing business. Overall, a great motivating book!
How to Blog for Profit: Without Selling Your Soul
I have no idea if I ever plan to profit from this blog (aka affiliates and advertising) but I like this book. It’s easy to read. I love the action plans that are at the end of each chapter!! Ruth takes the information she’s just given you and simplifies into a short “to do” list. I have already read it once but recently started re-reading it…just in case I missed something! Again, she goes through her struggles of why she started her blog and getting people to read her blog. Ruth started with more than one blog! I could not imagine trying to write more than one blog!!! It’s an awesome book to learn to profit from your blog without being a cheeseball salesperson.
The Unidentified Redhead
Not going to lie…I picked this book up based solely on the title! The Unidentified Redhead is great fun read for those times when we actually get to read for fun! It’s about a mid-30’s actress who was washed and lands a new hit show. She also catches the eye of the newest 20 something “it boy.” Follow the twists and turns in their relationship as she remains his “unidentified redhead” to the paparazzi. I took this book to the beaches of Destin, Florida and couldn’t put it down! Definitely one to read in your downtime!
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
I read this book several years ago (way before it was a movie) and loved it! I am not sure if it was the mysteriousness of the characters, the special characteristics of the children or the odd relationship between the main character and his father. Again, this is another fun read! No therapy or work or business language. Just a boy who sees monsters, a girl that floats and a lady that turns into a bird. I suggest reading the book before you watch the movie. No particular reason…that’s just how I roll. Book before movie. I haven’t read the other two in the series but hopefully will get time (eventually!)
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
This one hit me right in the feels! The story begins in 1964. It’s about a doctor who delivers his own set of twins. The boy is born perfectly healthy. The girl, he recognizes immediately has Down’s Syndrome. Without telling his wife, he asks his nurse to place the child in an institution. However, the nurse keeps the baby, moves away and raises the child as her own. Amazing story with a sad reminder of how special needs children were treated back then. As I read this book, I thought of every child I had ever worked with Down’s. I thought of how amazing each kiddo was. I could not imagine seeing them any other way…or any child for that matter.
So for right now, those are the books I am crushing right now. Who knows…in a month I could have a whole new list. What are some of your favorite reads?