TIU Team’s Fave Books #TIUHolidayHustle

Happy Monday and week 2 of your Holiday Hustle! We’re so proud of you for crushin’ your first week! 🎄💪🏻 We recently asked you on your Holiday Hustle Calendar and Insta to post your must-read books you’re currently obsessing over ~ Karena and I are always lookin’ for some new reading inspo! We absolutely loved all of your recommendations and were so honored to see Balanced & Beautiful right next to some of your other favorite books! So many of you are reading such inspiring boss babe books! ✨

  We did a poll on Insta to see your top recommended books for the Holiday Hustle ~ we’re sharing the results below along with some of your other fave reads and cute pics! ❤️



#TIUTeam’s Top Recommended Books

1. “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis
2. “Crazy Rich Asians” by Kevin Kwan
3. “French Women Don’t Get Facelifts” by Mireille Guiliano
4. “Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert
5. “The Dark Between the Stars” by Atticus
6. “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle
7. “Present Over Perfect” by Shauna Niequist
8. “A Return to Love” by Marianne Williamson
9. “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz
10. “Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me” by Lily Collins

Your Book Recommendations ~



“I haven’t been able to pick up a book yet this month, so I figured I would share my favorite books of all time for the Holiday Hustle (because I couldn’t just pick one):

‘Balanced & Beautiful’ – TIU Community advice, tips, tricks, and routines to reset and find inspiration to be strong mentally, physically and emotionally. (P.S. my TIU Bestie and I are in this so it’s extra close to my heart).

‘A Dog’s Purpose’ – This is my favorite fiction book of all time. Such a sweet story of a dog’s life and why he’s here on earth. Makes me laugh, cry, and everything in between.”



“I finally picked up this book after hearing so many great things! I’m a huge fan of Rachel Hollis and her podcast! Can’t wait to start reading this book, just in time before Rachel’s new book release!”



“Sharing a book I’m reading for Holiday Hustle! It is written by Adrianna Adarme and is full of seasonal recipes, crafts, and adventures. So many fun things to try!!”


“‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ by Liane Moriarty is the book I’m currently reading! I work in a library and see all the new stuff coming in so I have a hard time choosing what to read. Any time I see a new Liane Moriarity come in though, I’m taking that book home!”



“Over the last few months I’ve been diving into books that can help me gain knowledge on how to perform at my best especially as a vegan and endurance athlete. I am loving these mini challenges each day! Happy Hustling!”



“I don’t love commuting during Chicago winters, but I do love reading YA books!….Highly recommend to anyone looking for a quick read with a little high school romance and themes involving forgiveness.”



“I 💗 books! I read all the time and al kinds. This is a current read of mine!”



“What I’m currently reading. This book is so beautiful and funny, everyone should read it!”



“My FAVE books I highly recommend are ‘The Masterpiece’ by Francine Rivers and ‘Girl Wash Your Face’💛”



“I am reading Lara Casey’s ‘Make It Happen’ and honestly it’s life changing so far and it’s great facing some goals head on in 2019!”



“I’m sorry I can’t share just one book I’m reading😂…..’The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’ has been in my queue for a while and I’m dying to read it!”



“I wanted to post a pic of me actually holding the book but I’m listening too😂😂”


“Who else is an avid reader?! I just started this gem a few nights ago and I’m already half way through! I love a book I just can’t put down!”



“‘Live Fast Die Hot’ by Jenny Mollen is what I’m currently reading right now alongside ‘May Cause Miracles’ by Gabrielle Bernstein. This book is pretty funny!…I also finished ‘This Will Only Hurt A Little’ by Busy Philipps and loved it and her!”


“This is the book I’ve started reading! #TIUHolidayHustle”



“Next read and I am beyond excited for this one!!”



“‘The Four Agreements’ by Don Miguel Ruiz- this one I could go back to anytime. I read this book in January and think I’ll read it again either this month or in the start of the new year! A simple read with powerful reminders✨”



“Reading has always been one of my favorite ways to relax and even spend a Friday night (especially with big cozy socks and a glass of wine)”



“I just finished ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ for my book club this month. It’s just the cutest story, now I have to read the other two in the series!”

Let’s hustle babe! Join us for the Holiday Hustle for daily workouts, lifestyle challenges, delicious recipes, and more to have a healthy & happy season together!


  1. Hey girls! I recommend nixing ‘Girl Wash Your Face’…I found Rachel Hollis’s approach to self-help to be quite negative and confined to one interpretation of beauty and self love. Since the TIU team is all about positivity and kindness, I am suprised that so many people found Hollis’s book to be worth a rating. I haven’t read all the others, but Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ is much better reading about striving and thriving in a positive light.

    1. I agree Sunny. Although I do feel books and songs etc.. are open to interpretation from each individual reader, I found that, although some of what she was trying to say seemed straight up and empowering.. some of it seemed a little belittling and a bit vague. I much more value what she says live or on Instagram vs what she put in her book. I think she comes from a place of good will and intent but didn’t put it forth in the way it could have been in her book. Jen Scinceros You Are a BadAss was similar but a lot easier and valuable read to me in terms of similar reads.

  2. I’m busy reading The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and what a wonderful book. I can tell you now that it will be one of those books that i will read over and over again. I even love watching his videos on YouTube. This guy is amazing.

  3. Hi guys! I am finishing up my senior year of undergraduate in college and was wondering if you had any recommendations on books on exercise science? I am majoring in Exercise Science Pre-Physical Therapy and am looking for some helpful books on exercise science to review before starting grad school in the summer. Thanks for sharing this post!

    1. Congrats Maggie! That’s so exciting. I studied Health & Exercise Science in college too. One of my favorites is “Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning” by Gregory Haff. You’re going to crush it in grad school! xxo

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