When I announced a few months back that I had been placed on modified bed rest, my buddy Keyaira (Key) Boone reached out to me on Instagram to recommend some books to get me through the remaining 100 days of my pregnancy.

Melinda Parrish

Having read my way through most of this list in the past 70 days, I can tell you that these are definitely essential reads for anyone in the #healthyatanysize community in 2018!

Key has broken the recommendations down according to mood. Choose accordingly!

Books to Make You Laugh Out Loud

  1. “Scrappy Little Nobody” - Anna Kendrick

  2. “You Can’t Touch My Hair” - Phoebe Robinson

  3. “Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between” - Lauren Graham

Books to Remind You Of Your Awesomeness  

  1. “You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” - Jen Sincero

  2. “The Bomb Life: My Brand. My Terms” - Claire Sulmers

  3. “Around the Way Girl” - Taraji P. Henson

Books To Distract You From Your Swollen Ankles

  1. “The Last Mrs. Parrish" - Liv Constantine

  2. “The Singles Game” - Lauren Weisberger

  3. “The Perfect Find” - Tia Williams

  4. “The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty” - J. Randy Taraborrelli

  5. “Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine” - Joe Hagan

Books for When You’re Fired Up & Ready to Fight The Patriarchy

  1. “Girls and Sex” - Peggy Orenstein - A must for anyone raising young women!

  2. “The Paris Wife" - Paula McLain

  3. “The Engagement Game: Why I Said 'I Don't' to Marriage and 'I Do' to Me”- Joi-Marie McKenzie

You can hear my discussion of this reading list, plus lots of other things, with Key on the Healthy at Any Size podcast!

Have you given any of these a read? What did you think? Leave a comment below to let me know!