My Fall Reading List

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I love to read, and lately I have been trying to make more of an effort to carve out the time to curl up with a good book. My love of reading began in high school when we read George Orwell’s 1984, and since then, I have been hooked.  Once I had my children, my moments for reading became few and far between (something I think other moms can relate to). However, now that my children are getting a little bit older and are not babies anymore, I really want to make reading a regular practice again.

Reading just feels good for the soul … I have never regretted reading a book. With every book I read, I always learn something new, and expand my knowledge. It doesn’t matter if I am reading a literary classic, a biography or a beach read — Books always stimulate my mind and expand my view of the world in one way or another!

Since I am getting really excited about all the new books I can’t wait to read this fall (and I am deep into Amazon book ordering right now), I wanted to share with you guys some recommendations. I have some titles to recommend to you that I have read and love, and then I have other titles on the list that I am really excited to read next.

Let me know if you guys have read any of the books on my list, or if you have other recommendations for me! I would love to know!

Xx
Tamera

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— BOOKS THAT I HAVE READ AND LOVE —

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Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living By Shauna NiequistI am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, writer, and I know all too well that settling feeling. But over the course of the last few years, I’ve learned a way to live, marked by grace, love, rest, and play. And it’s changing everything. Present Over Perfect is an invitation to this journey that changed my life. I’ll walk this path with you, a path away from frantic pushing and proving, and toward your essential self, the one you were created to be before you began proving and earning for your worth. (via Amazon)

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The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7-Book Collection By C.S. Lewis — This set is a classic and I always feel like re-reading things that you read as a child is an amazing experience … You almost get to re-live a little piece of your childhood.

This collection contains all seven books in the classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia without art, to appeal to older readers. This special ebook edition includes an introduction by C. S. Lewis’s stepson, Douglas Gresham, and full text and art for Lewis’s very first work—Boxen! (via Amazon)

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings By Maya Angelou — Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. (via Amazon)

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Water for Elephants: A Novel Kindle Edition By Sara GruenJacob Janowski’s luck had run out–orphaned and penniless, he had no direction until he landed on a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was the Great Depression and for Jacob the circus was both his salvation and a living hell. There he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but brutal animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this group of misfits was one of love and trust, and ultimately, it was their only hope for survival. (via Amazon)

— WHAT’S NEXT ON MY READING LIST —

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The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment By Eckhart TolleA word of mouth phenomenon since its first publication, The Power of Now is one of those rare books with the power to create an experience in readers, one that can radically change their lives for the better. (via Amazon)

 

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The Book Thief By Markus ZusakThe extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. (via Amazon)

 

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The Glass Castle: A Memoir By Jeannette WallsThe Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family. (via Amazon)

 

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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are By Brene BrownNew York Times best-selling author and professor Brené Brown offers a powerful and inspiring book that explores how to cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to embrace your imperfections and to recognize that you are enough. (via Amazon)

9 Inspiring Books for Women and Mothers

Between spring cleaning and checking in on those New Years resolutions, this time of year is a great opportunity to get refreshed. Inspirational reading always gives me a new perspective on life and I’m always up for getting lost in a good book. Anyone feel the same? I rounded up 9 interesting books – both from this year and before – that are sure to refresh your outlook on womanhood, motherhood, marriage and life in general. Let me know what you think!

9 Inspiring Books for Women - Tamera Mowry1. The Gratitude Diaries: How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life by Janice Kaplan. You know how important I think a positive outlook can be, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. In this book, you will learn just how much gratitude affects your own outlook on life – from the perspective of someone that’s experimented with it personally and researched it extensively. Gotta love seeing New Years resolutions come true!

2. Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home by Gloria Furman. This book is all about how to appreciate the little moments in life. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut, but that’s life – it’s not about making every moment exciting, but learning to appreciate even the not-so-thrilling ones.

3. The Fringe Hours: Making Time For You by Jessica N. Turner is for the woman that is always taking on everything. You know you need to make time for your interests and passions, but there doesn’t seem to be a minute to spare. Turner helps you make the most of the tiny moments that could be used for you.

4. Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-Centered Living in a Self-Centered World by Karen Ehman. If you’re not completely happy or just feel like something’s missing, Ehman provides a solution: giving. How being kind and lending a helping hand – even in the smallest ways – can lead to our own fulfillment. This book is based on the idea that living a self-focused life is what really leads to unhappiness, and loving others is the key to joy.

5. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown. Brown has written many things since this book came out, but this one is a must whether you’ve followed her work or are just now discovering it. It’s not just the motivation you need to feel more comfortable in your own skin, it’s a tried-and-true approach to finally living the statement “I am enough”.

6. Happy by Darren Brown is a good basis for a lot of the topics the rest of these books tackle. Instead of just striving to be happy, Brown helps us find out what happiness really is, and why we want to achieve it.

7. Love Unending: Rediscovering Your Marriage in the Midst of Motherhood by Becky Thompson. The first line you’ll read when researching this book is “How can I remember how to be a wife when it takes all I’ve got to be a momma?” Thompson just gets it – sometimes we don’t feel like we can give each and every part of our lives our all, including our marriages. With 21 days full of inspiration and challenges, Thompson helps you rediscover the love that brought you to this point.

8. Surprised by Motherhood: Everything I Never Expected about Being a Mom by Lisa-Jo Baker. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again – no two mothers’ journeys are alike. This memoir from the perspective of a woman who never thought she was fit for motherhood is sure to inspire any mom who has questioned her journey along the way.

9. Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes by Shauna Niequist. Lastly, this book focuses on the kitchen table as a way to anchor the relationships in our lives. Party memoir, part recipe book, it’s all about the way meals don’t just nourish us, they bring us together. A good book and tasty recipes… You can’t go wrong. ;)

Have you read any of these books? Let me know which books are inspiring you lately.

Xx,
Tamera

Current Reads: Best Books for a DIY Home Remodel

Our beach chic home has been a work in progress, and I’m loving every moment of it. When you’re passionate about making a house a home, you don’t focus so much on the finished product. Instead, you enjoy the process. We’re all big on books in this fam so I figured why not do a little research on the best books for all you home DIYers? Read the descriptions below to see if any of them might make your home updates easier.

9 Best Books for a DIY Home Remodel via Tamera Mowry

  1. Fix It, Make It, Grow It, Bake It by Billee Sharp. This isn’t just about a good furniture DIY. It’s all about improving every aspect of home sweet home, from a home garden to natural cleaning remedies that will benefit the whole family.
  1. Design Mom, How to Live With Kids, a Room-By-Room Guide by Gabrielle Stanley Blair. Every momma knows that none of the advice on this list can be followed without considering all a child can and WILL do to your home. This book tackles each room with organization tips and even ideas for maintaining a polished space with kids in mind.
  1. House Beautiful Colors For Your Home Expanded Edition. With 500 paint colors on display, this monster handbook on paint not only guides you through the decision making process to find the colors that work best with your rooms, it features the exact shades and swatches you need to get the job done.
  1. Apartment Therapy Complete and Happy Home by Maxwell Ryan & Janel Laban. The guys behind Apartment Therapy have just come out with their tour of several different living spaces, all with commentary that helps train your mind to think like a designer.
  1. The Book of Home How To: The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair & Improvement by Black & Decker. If you ever plan to tackle home improvement projects as a homeowner, a guide like this is essential. Pretty much every project or problem big or small is covered here. Learning from these fixes will help you become more DIY savvy, and probably save you money in the long run. 
  1. The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect To Be Beautiful by Mcquillyn Smith. Don’t be fooled by the gorgeous cover – this book isn’t just about creating a pretty space. Smith urges you to “give up on perfect” and embrace the chaos that is life, family and motherhood. Done and done!
  1. Loveable Livable Home by Sherry + John Petersik of Young House Love. Whether or not you’ve read Young House Love’s first book back in 2012, if you want to make your home more family oriented (for your furry friends too), this book helps you create that perfect cozy home that just so happens to be totally attainable for families.
  1. Remodelista by Julie Carlson. Given Remodelista.com’s success on helping do it yourselfers from around the world, having Carlson’s handbook is perfect for owners of fixer uppers or those starting from scratch, inspiring home remodels with a mix of high and low, home tours, DIYs and lessons from people who have done the work.
  1. Better Homes and Gardens 150+ Quick and Easy Furniture Projects by BHG. There is no truly DIY home without a few furniture projects! But the trick is making those as easy and seamless as possible. Believe me, I have no problem committing to a good project – but with minimal extra time, a book like this helps prevents potential disasters.

Have you guys remodeled parts of your homes before? Success stories, disasters, I want to hear it all!

Xx,
Tamera

Announcing My New Book Series

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Having Aden has allowed me to do so many things that I love, but from the perspective of being a mom. One thing that tops the list is reading to my son. As both a child and adult I have always loved reading and know it will forever be a part of my life. Now that I am a parent, I am so happy I can pass that onto him, helping him learn and seeing him smile during those moments. It’s an incredible bonding experience that I know will contribute to how he feels about reading later on.

So, considering all this, I have some BIG news! Tia and I both feel that reading and learning has played a huge role in our lives, and even more so as moms, and we wanted to pass that onto those who have grown up with us, and their kids too! That’s why I’m so excited to announce our new tween book series coming out with HarperCollins Children’s Books, called Twintuition.

We both love fiction that’s full of adventure—especially in the form of the supernatural! The Twilight series and The Hunger Games are two of my faves, and I can’t wait to add Twintuition into the mix. We hope that this will inspire young readers everywhere. The first in this series, Double Vision, will be coming to you April 21, 2015. Ah, so close, yet so far away!

I’m thrilled to finally unveil this new chapter (okay, I just had to!) in my career, and hope you will share in this experience with me. Check out these fun E! interviews with Tia and I here to learn more.

What kind of books did you read growing up? What do you read to your kids now? I’d love to know!

Xx,
Tamera