November 8, 2021 • Self Care

Riveter Reads: Books to Actually Take Off the Nightstand & Open

I started reading again during the pandemic. As the world went quiet, I found myself opening books that had been sitting on my nightstand for a year. I had the best intentions, but the endless commutes and work calls and kids activities always came first. Over the months of lockdown, and still today, books have taken me back to their role in my childhood: an escape. I love the stories – both real and fictional – of amazing adventures and winding paths. 

Today, I wanted to share with you a few of my new favorites. The list is varied, but so are we:

We’re Speaking: The Life Lessons of Kamala Harris by Hitha Palepu. I’ve admired Hitha from the day I met her because she is kind, funny, brilliant – and also always seems so sure of whatever direction she chooses to walk in life. This book weaves the incredible stories of our incredible vice president, with the equally amazing stories of Hitha’s own life as an entrepreneur, mother, and more. 

The Idea of You by Robinne Lee. Many friends for many years urged me to try the “romance novel” genre. I steadfastly refused. But one day earlier this year, I caught a series of stories on Hitha’s Instagram on this very subject. She recommended I start with Robinne’s book. It is incredible. And it’s about more than romance; it is about the liberating power of romance in the evolution of a woman. 

We Are Not Like Them by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza. I love listening to Jo’s podcasts, Committed and Under the Influence – and devoured her last book, Charlotte Walsh Loves to Win. Jo partnered here with Christine Pride, the incredible editor of Charlotte Walsh. The book is a powerful exploration of a lifelong friendship between two women of different races who find themselves as central figures in the aftermath of a white police officer’s fatal shooting of a young Black man. I wish I’d read this with a group of friends, becuase there is so much I would like to discuss. I recommend this for a book club. 

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