Growing up, I was a huge book nerd. I always read books that were above my grade level (humble brag) but I actually wasn't a very good student. I didn't live in the most loving or happy home growing up so as I have gotten older I have looked back on that obsession and thought that maybe I really like escaping to "another world" which I felt these books gave me.
I've decided to make a list of my all-time favorite books, these are books that I go back to read over and over again because I just love them that much.
I'm three days past the end of ovulation and I feel myself trying to find any distraction I can with this cycle. Honestly, I'm feeling oddly positive (even though I have felt this positive before) and I don't really want to get my hopes up but I find myself thinking about it often this cycle. Normally, I'm not too crazy during the two week wait because well, I've done this eight other times and ended up disappointed. We used Pre-Seed this month, baby danced a few more times than we normally due, used OPKs, I drank pomegranate juice every day the week of ovulation and am eating pineapple every day after ovulation so I am doing literally all I can at this moment. This is probably the most that I've done in any cycle. With that, I need to be distracted. I LOVE tv so I watch a lot of shows, movies, etc but I also love to read so I find myself re-reading my favorite books lately. I thought that it would be a great list to share with all of you in case you need a new book to read, love these books too or are into trying new things!
Please leave a comment on this post if you've read any of these books or if you purchase them! I'll add an amazon link below for you to maybe sample the book or purchase the book. You won't regret it! :)
HERE ARE MY TOP 5 FAVORITE BOOKS OF ALL-TIME:
1. THE PACT by Jodi Picoult:
This story caught my eye when I was in high school. I still remember reading it for the first time and I literally bawled my eyes out with every page it seemed. This story is about two childhood friends that grew up as neighbors and naturally started a romantic relationship. Without spoiling the entire book I will tell you that they had a suicide pact that went horribly wrong. You learn about both main characters memories of each other throughout the book as it jumps back and forth in time. One reason why I love this book is because it made me think a lot about the saying "don't judge a book by it's cover" and if you read the book - I think you'll get why. I've linked the amazon link below - you should be able to get a sample of the first few pages. This is also a Lifetime movie BUT I honestly, whole-heartedly think that the book is x500 better.
2. SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson:
I think my husband is a little tired of hearing me talk about this book. My original copy of the book is literally falling apart because I've read it so many times. TRIGGER WARNING: This book is about a girl in high school who was raped and basically lost all of her friends and popularity as a result. She attended a party where there was underage drinking and was raped by an older "hot" popular guy, freaked out (naturally) and called the cops because she didn't know what else to do. A lot of students were arrested, given tickets, grounded by parents from her calling the cops so no one spoke to her in the following school year. This book is an inside look into her mind as she copes with the aftermath of the sexual assault. It's a heartbreaking but oddly beautiful story. This also was a Lifetime movies that starred Kristen Stewart and it was a great movie. I do recommend reading the book first because the difference is that you get to read her thoughts, it's time stamped and a bit more emotional on paper. I've linked the amazon link below - you should be able to get a sample of the first few pages
3. BEST OF ME by Nicholas Sparks:
Please tell me that some of you read this book before seeing the movie? Both are incredible works of art. The story is so different compared to what Nicholas Sparks has written in the past and it truly makes you think about what is "meant to be." This is such a beautiful love story and it's not one that ends the way you would expect, which makes it that much better in my eyes. I've linked to Amazon below!
4. WHO WILL CRY WHEN YOU DIE by Robin Sharma:
If you are a returning reader of my blog, this will now be the second time that I've mentioned this book. This is unlike the others on the list because it's technically a self-help book but it's not how you're imagining it. It's not telling you how to change your mind and how it thinks - it helps you see things from a different point of view which ultimately helps you train your mind to view things from all angles. I would bet my life that every person that reads this book, loves it. I had to buy an electronic copy because my original copy was falling apart. I suffer from anxiety so when I feel anxious or like I can't focus on the positive - I read a few chapters of this book. I don't have enough good things to say about it. A few of you have reached out to me telling me that you bought it from my last post and that so far, you love it! It's so great to hear. I'll link to Amazon below!
5. UNQUALIFIED by Anna Faris (with a hilarious foreward by Chris Pratt)
As I've gotten older, I've loved non-fiction books. The same with movies, documentaries really inspire me and I get kind-of sucked in quick. This book is touching, hilarious, and sad. Anna Faris is easily one of my favorite comedic actresses. Her comedy is so different than other things out there. Not to mention her (now ex) husband played one of my all-time favorite TV show characters, Andy Dwyer. Something I learned from her book is that she actually met Chris Pratt on the set of Take Me Home Tonight which is a brilliantly funny movie. You should check that out too. I'll link to the Amazon book before but she recorded her own Audio Book so I really recommend you purchase that instead. Please forgive me, this is the most expensive book on my list at $16.
I would love to hear your opinions on these books if you've read them! COMMENT BELOW with your favorite book so I can also give it a try.