Springing Forward: Book List

We’re three whole months into the new year now (…too late to still be calling it “new”? Let me know), so I figured a book list was in order. We also just lost an hour of sleep this weekend – YAY SPRING – so clearly we could all use a reason to smile.

Life has been a bit crazy for me at the moment (luckily with mostly exciting things!), so I haven’t been able to attack my ever growing reading list as much as I’d like. Is anyone else’s book shelves newly crammed with Christmas-gift books, best-of-last-year’s books, and this-year-I’ll-read-more!!!!!So-I-can-buy-these books? Just me? Read More

Best Books of 2016

Book list season is the BEST kind of season. Has anyone else been devouring all these “best of 2016” lists?? I think the other day at work I had 3 open simultaneously. No shame.

I was already eyeing what I want to read next year, when Goodreads sent me a fun email of everything I’ve read this year! I’ll be honest, when it said I read 20 books it seemed far too small. Only 20?! I realize that’s a crazy amount to some; as an avid reader I felt like I was doing more reading than that…

Sidenote: some of my friends are trying out the 52 books in a year thing for 2017! Anyone ever done that? Seems daunting. Also seems tempting. Hmmm.

Here’s the best of what I read this year! (Along with a full list at the bottom) Any recommendations?? Let’s talk books *heart eyes emoji*  Read More

Finding God in the Waves

You probably know Mike McHargue as ‘Science Mike’ – co-host on The Liturgists podcast. Or maybe you know him from his own podcast, Ask Science Mike. Maybe you’ve seen his blog, caught some of his appearances or interviews on other platforms. Maybe you recognize his name, maybe you recognize his ability to take anything simple and make it incredibly complex by providing a scientific, logical definition with lots of big words (or is that just me?), maybe you recognize his calming voice with the southern lilt. I used to know him as all those things, too, but now I know him as another thing: friend.

No, we haven’t met. Although he was gracious enough to chat with me on the phone last week (on the morning of his book release, no less!) and I follow him on Twitter, I doubt he would consider us very close. But after reading Finding God in the Waves, it’s impossible to walk away and not feel as if you just gained a new friend. Read More

Krysti’s “Book” List: TED Talks

If you know me at all, it’s no secret I’m rather obsessed with TED talks. I think one of the absolute coolest things about being the internet generation is the wealth of knowledge at our fingertips, and the fact that we can have an expert on pretty much anything break it down for us in 20 minutes or less. What?! How are we so lucky?

I was chatting with a friend recently about some good TED talks to look up (and sharing about the TED Radio Hour podcast, obviously, because ITS THE BEST), and I decided a list was in order. 9 times of out 10, when I listen to a really great TED talk, I want to buy the person’s book afterwards (because, let’s be real, 9 times out of 10 the speaker has a 200 page book that explains in detail their 20 minute talk). A friend once joked extroverts love TED talks because they get all the information of a research heavy book in 20 minutes or less, and it feels like they socialized with the speaker; introverts love TED talks because they get a 20 minute intro into the next book they’ll be buying. Pretty much. Sooo maybe this isn’t a typical “book list”, but kinda sorta it is? Also this is my website and I get to do what I want.

Here are 5 TED talks that changed my life:
(most definitely not an exhaustive list, and in no particular order)pexels-photo-64057 (2)

If I Should Have a Daughter…, Sarah Kay
Okay, try to listen to the first 5 minutes and not fall out of your chair. Just try. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to her beginning piece because it’s just. that. good.
Sarah Kay is a brilliant poet; her mastery of words leaves me in awe daily (literally daily. I’ve been reading her poetry every night before bed). As if that isn’t good enough (which, IT IS), how she’s using her passion and talent in the lives of young people is truly inspiring. Even if you aren’t a word nerd, this talk is wonderful.

Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection, Reshma Saujani
You can probably tell by the title of this alone that I am alllllll about it. But let’s get vulnerable for a second: the first time I watched this I was in tears. Because this is a daily struggle of mine …and of friends my age …and of my girls who are still growing up. Girls’ strive for perfection seems so normal, I never even considered striving for bravery instead. Everyone should watch this and rethink how they treat the women in their lives (including themselves).

The Power of Introverts, Sarah Cain
This. Yes. Not only did so much of Cain’s talk resonate with me, her work is equally research heavy and eloquent. Yes, I immediately bought her book after watching this. Yes, I loved it. Instead of simply bashing on extroverts and their way of doing things, Cain points out ways for us to allow introverts to truly shine in their power. Her book does a super helpful job of explaining what an introvert actually is – we aren’t just shy, we aren’t just anti-social. Extroverts and introverts alike should be more aware of how the other functions, so we can respect the differences and love the differences.

The Power of Vulnerability, Brene Brown
Get ready for a punch to the gut, because this one gets me every time. Turns out we actually need to show our weaknesses to each other to really see each other to truly connect with each other – who would have thought? Brown is a fascinating researcher with a ton of great books. I think this talk is a gateway drug to becoming addicted to all her work. Worth. It.

The Danger of a Single Story, Chimamanda Adichie
The pain of a Single Story is something that affects everyone, everywhere – yet I had never considered the concept until watching this beautiful talk. Adichie is all around wonderful – her books, her sass, her views on feminism. I love it all. This is her in her prime, talking about something so personal to her and yet so universal to the world. Once you watch it, you won’t be able to stop seeing the single stories you’ve believed about people in your life.

*Bonus: The Power of Story, Krystina Wilkinson
Oh my goodness, I just referenced myself on a list which feels so embarrassing and so ridiculous. And yet, if I’m being 100% honest while compiling a list of TED talks that truly changed my life, I’d be lying if I left mine off. It was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, and one of the coolest ways I saw God show up. I’m still so resistant to the attention it brings, even 2 years later. So this is me being honest and vulnerable (Brene would be so proud!), which I’m trying to do more of these days.

I could easily add 20 more to this list (…and probably will eventually), as I can easily talk about TED talks f o r e v e r. What are some of your favorites?? What should I be sure to watch next?

Krysti’s Book List

With the beginning of the year came so many good books! And, sadly, so little time to read them. At least in my life. 2016 started out with a bang, and I feel like I’m never going to recover – engagements, bridal showers, and birthday parties will soon become weddings, summer trips, and more birthdays. When I need to regain my sanity amidst the crazy, I find myself cancelling plans for the evening (sorry not sorry) and curling up on my couch. Or, what happened earlier this week, finding a spot in the crazy Trader Joes line that reached halfway to the back of the store, pulling out the book I always carry with me, and enjoying my half hour wait. I’m nothing if not always prepared!


So what’s everyone reading right now?? What’s next on your list? What’s worth adding to mine?

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Best Books of 2015

One of my favorite parts of a new year is getting to see all the “best of” lists of the past year. Top songs, top movies, top anything – it’s a fun little recap of the year, and it helps you see if you missed anything actually worth seeing. (As someone who rarely sees movies in theaters, it lets me know what’s worthy of Redboxing…)

2015 was my first official full year of not being in school – aka 365 glorious days of no required reading lists. Which means I got to read anything and everything my heart desired, and it was WONDERFUL. I joined a book club, I joined the public library, and I hit up my favorite used book store far too often. I read some great ones, I read some okay ones, but these are my top 5: Read More

Dressember 20: All I want for Christmas is (B)oo(ks)

For the month of December – in honor of Dressember – I’ll be blogging everyday! Thoughts on anything from fighting for justice to feminism, from dresses I’m wearing to books I’m reading, and everything in between. 

I’m a fan of reading any time, any season. But there’s a certain magicalness in curling up with a good book around Christmas. Maybe it’s because it’s actually cold, so the blanket and candle I always crave while reading isn’t so strange to people. Maybe it’s because I get to sip hot chocolate while doing so. Maybe it’s simply the excitement of Christmas in the air.

I think holiday book lists are even more fun than summer reading lists. There’s so many “best of 2015” lists out right now, I can barely keep track of it all (PTL for GoodReads, amen?). Here’s what I’m reading this holiday season! Read More

Book Review: Triggers

I recently finished up Marshall Goldsmith’s Triggers  creating behavior that lasts, becoming the person you want to be. Sound a little self-help-y? That’s because it is. But in the best way possible.


I’m typically not the biggest fan of the books who claim to be able to change your life with 3 easy steps, who promise by the end you’ll be a new person, or who want to give you a new mantra for living. Goldsmith does none of these things – he simply helps explain human behavior regarding change. As an executive coach who gets paid to sit down with powerful CEOs and business professionals, he knows a thing or two about creating lasting change. Although some of his example were hard to relate to at times, I feel like I learned so much about myself through his words. I think the most help we need today is becoming more self aware, so any “self help” book that involves that has my vote. Read More

Summer Reading List

As Labor Day has officially come and gone, I guess we have to come to terms with the fact that summer is over (and that we can no longer wear white….). I know some people usually make a “summer reading list” beforehand, but even though I love lists I’m the type who reads where the wind blows, then makes a recap later on. AKA I may have recently reread the first three Harry Potter books in three days (how can you stop!?) but then got lost in Fitzgerald and thennnnn fell IN LOVE with Adichie. Life is so short, you know?

If you didn’t know, I’m a huge reader. Like, huge reader. I feel like I eat up a good book like some consume a fine meal (gobbling down the whole thing in one sitting, without coming up for air or small bite by small bite, saving every last flavor). I also feel like I sometimes overwhelm people with my love of books. Asking me “What have you been reading lately?” is a very loaded question…. that I love to answer. So, interwebs, thanks for asking! Here’s – in no particular order – what I read this summer: Read More