What to Read When You’re Moving to a New City


Big news alert! This midwesterner is moving to Los Angeles, California. I was in desperate need for some reading therapy and decided to track down the best moving books to read as you’re readjusting to a new city (like me!).

As we speak (type?), I’m sitting in the Indianapolis airport with a one-way ticket and two suitcases to my name. I feel like I’m standing at the trailhead for a long hike I’m not quite prepared for. I’m flipping to page one of a book I’m been thinking about for far too long.

My 9-to-5 is taking me to a city that isn’t exactly on my “live there someday” list, yet I couldn’t fathom turning the adventure down. A new home base offers new weekend adventure options, new connections, and new inspiration. I’ll be in a city surrounded by writers and dreamers. Hopefully, I’ll be both.

Reading tends to get me through the most anxiety-ridden situations and this pre-move time has solidified my love for that specific type of stress relief. So on this casual Friday, I’ll leave you with a casual mini-list of the books that I’ve read to mentally prepare for moving.

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This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live by Melody Warnick

If you need a bit of encouragement to fall in love with city you currently find yourself in, let this be your guidebook. It lies somewhere between a memoir of the author’s frequent moves (and inner monologues about them) and self-help book on how to build attachment to your community.

5 Year Journal

I used to have big ambitious journaling resolutions every January that petered out around oh, February 1st. This is the only journal that I’ve actually been able to keep up with for over a year and a half now. I actually use two of them (a question version and an open ended version). If you love the idea of documenting your life as it’s happening, but rarely follow through with it, try these! I’m already looking forward to re-reading my entries from this time next year when life will look very differently.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

This book makes the list for the distraction it provided me. It’s a light YA read, but refreshing and unique for a summer love story. The two main characters are also at a precipice of their lives, which felt particularly relatable to my move-heavy mindset.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

I know moving to a new city certainly does not solve your problems or make you instantly happier, but Gretchen’s approach to seeking happiness certainly can help you take steps in the right direction. She explains the pursuit of happiness in a relatable way leaving you inspired to take a happiness journey of your own.



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