5 Books to Power Through the Rest of the Year

Blog | May 15th, 2024

As we find ourselves at the midpoint of 2024, it’s the perfect time to invigorate our minds in a way that inspires growth, reflection, and renewal. Whether you’re craving thought-provoking non-fiction or captivating fiction, these five books offer a diverse range of outlooks and themes that are a perfect boost in positivity. Guide the second half of the year with reading companions that make a teachable difference or simply entertain as you cozy up with your coffee or another beverage as refreshing as the contents of what we are about to explore!

“The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah

In “The Four Winds,” Kristin Hannah transports readers to the Dust Bowl era of the 1930s, where we follow the journey of Elsa Wolcott as she fights to protect her family and find a better life. Against the backdrop of economic hardship and environmental devastation, Elsa grasps resilience and determination in the face of adversity. With its richly drawn characters and immersive storytelling, “The Four Winds” is a touching reminder of the strength of the human spirit and the power of hope in our own struggles with life, the current economy, and our determination to beat it!

“Project Hail Mary” by Andy Weir

In “Project Hail Mary,” the author takes readers on a thrilling journey through space as we accompany astronaut Ryland Grace on a mission to save humanity from extinction. As Ryland grapples with the challenges of isolation, ability and discovery, he must confront his own past and humanity’s place in the universe. With its blend of science fiction and reality, this is a gripping tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page as it encourages readers to push forward with their own challenges.

“Untamed” by Glennon Doyle

The book “Untamed,” is a journey of self-discovery and empowerment as it jumps off the pages with insights and wisdom on how to live “real”  and embrace our true selves. Through a series of essays, reflections on the author’s experiences with love, motherhood and finding purpose will inspire readers to reclaim their own power and live boldly and confidently. With its raw honesty and inspiring message, this is an impressive reminder of the importance of embracing our sometimes hard and messy, yet beautiful lives.

“The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig

When reading “The Midnight Library,” you’ll join in and explore the concept of regret and second chances through the story of Nora Seed, who finds herself in a situation between life and death. As Nora navigates the possibilities of the life she faces, she learns valuable lessons about regret, resilience and the pursuit of happiness. This book offers readers a powerful message of hope and self-discovery which is likely to relate with readers on a personal level as a message of acceptance and self-love which many may find comforting and inspiring. This thought-provoking theme and heartfelt storytelling offers touching and moving meditation on the choices that shape our lives and the importance of embracing the present before it’s gone.

“Greenlights” by Matthew McConaughey

In this captivating read, “Greenlights,” Matthew McConaughey invites readers on a journey through his own life, sharing personal anecdotes, reflections, and lessons he’s learned along the way. As this book is part memoir and the other part is a self-help guide, it offers inspiration to pursue a full life and have the courage to step through open doors. The green lights refer to go-ahead moments to do new things while the reds and yellows are the things that stand in our way, yet this book encourages us to power through the holdbacks whenever possible. Matthew reflects on his life experiences and imparts wisdom, urging readers to turn obstacles into opportunities. From his childhood in Texas to his Hollywood career and beyond, this book offers candid insights on how to find meaning, and purpose and go through the “green-lights” in life. With its blend of humor, wisdom, and Southern charm, here is a captivating read that will leave you feeling inspired and uplifted!