Writers Who Read: Our Current and Recent Reads

I’ve always got a book in my hand. When I finish one, I can’t wait to start the next novel on my list. The night isn’t complete without reading right before going to bed. For this month’s Writers Who Read column, I’m talking about what the magazine’s writers are currently reading or have recently read. Our picks range in genres, from autobiography to romance, and they are stories you should read.

This is Me by Chrissy Metz

If you have been following my past articles, you’ve probably noticed I mentioned the television show, This is Us, a few times. In fact, I love this show so much, I wrote a whole article about it. Metz stars as Kate, an overweight, hoping to make it big, singer, who is in her mid-thirties and one of three children. Currently, I’m reading This is Me, Metz’s autobiography that follows her story from growing up in Florida to making it big in Hollywood. What I love about this book is that Metz tells it like it is, while giving life advice anyone can use. After reading the opening quote, I knew I was hooked. The quote said “Some days she has no idea how she’ll do it. But every single day, it still gets done.” If you are looking for a book that empowers women to stand up for themselves and to live the life they want, this is it (pun intended).

Outlander, Book 5 A Breath of Snow and Ashesby Diana Gabaldon

Writer Lisa Doss is currently reading a book from the popular book series, Outlander. According to Lisa, the Outlander series tells the romantic story of a post-World War II nurse, Claire, who touches a group of standing stones. She is then transported 200 years back in time and meets the Clan McKenzie. Also, Claire is introduced to a young Scottish man, Jamie Fraser. In this book, Claire and her now husband Jamie, are dealing with the upcoming American Revolution, while trying to maintain a peaceful life at their homestead in North Carolina. Jamie is faced with the tough decision of being loyal to his former home, Great Britain, as well as, his new home in the colonies.

“I first started reading the series in 1998, and my love for the characters has grown. Jamie, Claire, and their family and friends feel like good friends. When I read the books, it is similar to a reunion,” Lisa commented. “I have recommended the series to countless women, and I haven’t met anyone who didn’t love it. My husband has also read all the books.”

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

“I typically loathe non-fiction, so this book is a real eye-opener for me. I recommend it to others who stick closer to works of fiction, especially women,” said writer Tabatha Renegar. Tabatha’s pick is a humorist memoir about author Jenny Lawson’s experience with severe depression and mental health issues. Through this journey, she learns how to live life to the fullest. The book can best be summarized in three words: depression, mental health, and joy.

“This book is very relatable regardless of your mental health,” stated Tabatha. “It’s a funny book about horrible things with a unique twist on the mental health crisis conversation.”

From just writing this article, I’ve added two more books to my must-read list. Maybe you have done the same. Stay tuned for November’s column!


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