Four Books I Love

Hey there!  We are going to take a slight break from the norm to continue my work through the 10-Day You Challenge (which, for me, has become the 10+ Week Challenge, haha) that I found on PB Fingers.

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It has been a wild and crazy week, and I am discouraged, to say the least.  But I like to keep things positive here on the blog, so I am especially excited to share something that brings me a lot of positivity…books!

Four books seems like nothing to me, so I am going to just choose four that stick out to me.  There won’t be much rhyme or reason.  🙂

1. The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman


I read this book not long after we got engaged, and I thought it was so interested!  Not only did a learn more about how to better interact with my fiance, but I learned a lot about myself and my needs in the process.  It was a really interesting, and quick, read with a lot of positives in my life afterward.

2. The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick


This is the first, and only, book I have “read” completely via the audiobook.  I got a free trial to Audible around the time of the marathon last fall and downloaded the book to have on tap in case I needed a distraction while running.  I only listened to the book for about an hour, but I ended up listening to it a bunch of other times: while cleaning, driving, working out, etc.  The book is almost painful at times, since you feel so bad for the speaker, but it really draws you in.  I haven’t seen the movie yet, but it is definitely on my list.

3. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead


This choice came from my school teaching career, so it is a book intended for young adults.  However, young adult books are some of my favorites; you can really get lost in them.  When You Reach Me was recommended to me by another teacher.  This teacher’s style was much different than mine, so I didn’t expect to like it.  I tried it anyway and LOVED it!  It has so many interesting twists and turns, and it is one of those books that all the little pieces tie together in the end and make you say “Ooooooh, I get it!”  Plus, the Kindle edition is only $4, so you really can’t go wrong.

4. A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron


If you are a dog/animal lover, this is a must-read.  Like seriously.  If you stop reading this post now, I will forgive you.  🙂

This book follows the lives of 4 dogs.  You hear the stories from the perspective of the dog, which makes it all the more entertaining.  I found myself laughing out loud at some of the “logic” the dog gives for his actions.  The book explores the idea that every dog has a purpose, and, when they discover what it is, they cling to it.  This book is one of the few that can truly make you laugh and cry.  I had to put it down at one point and hug it out with my dog, no lie.

When talking about dogs, one must insert a picture of their adorable fur baby.  It's the law.

When talking about dogs, one must insert a picture of their adorable fur baby. It’s the law.

If you want more book recommendations, check out a post I did awhile back about my favorite motivating fitness books.

Have you read any of these books?  What did you think?

Do you have any book ideas for me?  I’m always looking to add to the to-read list!

Do you have a dog?  Tell me about him/her!  🙂

*Book cover photos are Amazon affiliate links.  All opinions and book choices are my own.

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