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Recent good books

It’s no secret that I LOVE to read! Earlier this year I basically stopped reading for a few months. It just felt like too much, and I just wasn’t in a great space mentally. But, in April or so, I picked up a book, and I decided I wanted to read books that would help me get through the hardest season of my life.

Most of these books haphazardly ended up in my life and they all ended up being EXACTLY what I needed to read! So, I wanted to share them with you today! 🙂

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown // If you’ve never read anything by Brene Brown, you need to. This book was a quick read and it was fantastic!

Rising Strong by Brene Brown // This book. Just wow. This really changed my perspective on what I was going through, and I loved it so much, I’m going to incorporate it into my next tattoo. I also had a custom banner made with the manifesto she’s created at the end of the book, and it’s hanging in my home and I see it every single day. If you had to start with any book from Brene Brown, I’d definitely say this is an awesome one to begin with! I’m honestly just obsessed with her!

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst // This book rocked me to my absolute core. I think this was the most powerful book I’ve read so far this year. I highlighted through this one so much and it was like she was saying EXACTLY what I was feeling. I kept thinking “wow, she gets it.” And she brought some pretty incredible truths to my life. She’s one of my favorite authors and I can’t wait to get my hands on her next book that’s coming out soon.

Untamed by Glennon Doyle // Wasn’t intending to buy this book, but I saw soo many people talking about it that I decided I needed to see what it’s all about. I loved it! Her candor and honesty was amazing, and also her sense of humor was refreshing.

Laughing Through the Ugly Cry by Dawn Barton // This was another book that wasn’t on my radar at all, but saw some friends talking about it and bought it on a whim. It was an easy read, and really resonated with me about finding joy even in the hardest times of your life. I’m all about that!

Come Matter Here by Hannah Brencher // I’ve read another one of her books, and this was felt profound for me. She talked a lot about her struggles with depression and identity and building a life for herself. I loved how open and honest she was about all of it.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb // I had a friend reach out and tell me if I hadn’t already read it that I should add it to my list. I looked up the description and was intrigued, so I checked it out from the library. Wow was this book good! I loved having the perspective of a therapist going to therapy herself and also her relationships with her clients. There was a lot in there that I really related to right now, and I laughed more than I thought I would. This was a fantastic book and would definitely recommend it to everyone! I haven’t come across someone yet who has read it and didn’t like it!

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman // I saw this on the library’s website as a recommended read. It’s a novella and I read it in about 40 minutes. It was a sweet book, and I liked it! It felt different from the other books I’ve read by him.

Are there any books you’ve read lately that I should add to my list?!

Linda is a Portland-based photographer specializing in weddings and creating family legacies from Portland to Boston and across New England. You can see more of her work online at, on Instagram, or on Facebook. If you want to reach out directly:

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You can usually find me adding books to my never-ending “to read” list; challenging myself to do things like not shop for a year; sneaking crispy m+ms from my secret hiding spot so I don’t have to share them with my daughter; and melting over seeing my children smiling at each other.

Oh and I guess I should mention - I’m a seasoned Portland wedding photographer who provides not only kick-ass wedding photos, but also a meaningful and laid-back experience from the time you book to the delivery of your final images. 

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