Local Author Reading List: Ali Katz


It’s hard enough for us parents to find time to read, let alone to decide what to read. Head to the library and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the stacks upon stacks of interesting-sounding titles (who can blame us for judging a book by its cover?). Just keeping up with book lists can seem like a chore. That’s why we here at LiveMom are introducing you to local authors, who will be giving you the skinny on what’s on their reading lists…because who better than a writer to turn you on to new and interesting books?!

Ali Katz isn’t technically local, but she is a Houston-based author, certified meditation teacher and mindfulness coach, and founder owner of A To Zen Meditation – so, close. After making changes in her life in 2012 which led to lower stress levels and anxiety and more patience, Ali is on mission is to teach the principles and benefits of meditation and mindfulness to adults and teens and show them how to fully implement the practices into their daily lives. In her new book, Hot Mess to Mindful Mom, Ali shares tips to help mothers who feel like their lives are “hot messes” by teaching them ways to live lives full of gratitude, calm, and joy. Tips are broken down into three categories: non-negotiables (things done daily); add-ons (done as needed); and attitude adjustments. Hot Mess to Mindful Mom’s sole purpose is to teach one to balance life and remind moms to savor moments with their children.

Hot Mess to Mindful Mom

Below are Ali Katz’s Top Five Book Recommendations:

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Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul by Melody Beattie

As a self-care coach, meditation expert, and mom, my reading list is comprised of spiritual reads that I like to start my day with, and books that I like to curl up with after tucking the kids into bed.

I love that Journey to the Heart is meant to savor one page at a time. Beattie fills each daily segment with inspiring messages that help me to open my heart and begin my day from a more mindful and joyful place. When I begin my day with a page out of Journey to the Heart I am doing myself and everyone I know a favor, as it helps me to connect with the best parts of me. The only difficulty is stopping after just one page!

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Light Is the New Black: A Guide to Answering Your Soul’s Callings and Working Your Light by Rebecca CampbellAdvertisement
This is one of the most spiritual, yet relatable books I have read in a long time. Campbell writes about her journey as if she were sitting across the table from you on a coffee date you wish would never end. Whether you are on a spiritual journey personally, or have never even thought about spirituality, you will love this book.

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The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) by Don Miguel Ruiz

This book is required reading for all my coaching clients because it literally changed my life. I call on the wisdom of Ruiz daily as I navigate decisions and experiences. The Four Agreements are a roadmap for life which are so powerful that I keep reminders of the Agreements taped to my computer, on my phone, and anywhere else that a sticky note will stick! This short read can be devoured in an afternoon, but its impact on your life will last forever.

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11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King

Now let’s talk fiction. I would have never picked this up had it not been highly recommended, and now I tell anyone who will listen about this book that I stayed up till 1 am reading night after night until I finished. Trust me, this is not your typical Stephen King. If you love fiction that grabs you and doesn’t let go, and is different than any book you’ve read recently, dig in.

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Dinner with the Smileys by Sarah Smiley

Sarah Smiley writes about the year that her husband was deployed overseas and how she and her kids invited a different person to fill his seat at the table each week. From the mailman to the governor, I couldn’t wait to find out who came next, and what conversation ensued. Sarah is authentic and relatable, as she invites us to more than just dinner. We get a glimpse into the life of a military family full of love and struggles.

Looking for more ideas on what to read? Take a look at our past Reading Mama Recommendations here.

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About Nicole Basham 793 Articles
A native Austinite and soccer-playing mom, Nicole uses her 10-year-old son as an excuse to rediscover her hometown through his eyes. In Thoreau's words, her mission is to "suck out all the marrow of life", or in her son's words, to cultivate in him a love of "advenchers".

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