5 Books To Love

I hate to admit this, but unless a book grabs me by the balls and forces me to read it in all it’s glory, I put it down, and probably won’t pick it up again. I wish I read more books, but the sad truth is? I have a hard time keeping up with the blogs I want to read… along with the rest of my daily duties in my semi-chaotic life. 

This list? 

This list is the exception. 

These 5 books grabbed my attention, and when I wasn’t reading them, I was thinking about them. That’s a sign of a great book, don’t you think? There’s quite a variety; I even have children’s books on this list… because they are just as special as a 350 page turner, IMHO

I don’t know how many times I’ve read this book, but every time I do, I find my life feels richer. I enjoy snagging this book before a long plane ride alone (paired with Radiohead’s OK Computer in my earbuds) and I can nearly finish Illusions on one flight. It’s a quick read, but very enriching. This book is full of thought-provoking quotes like “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.” and “I do not exist to impress the world. I exist to live my life in a way that will make me happy. ” If you’ve never had the pleasure of sitting down to read this book, I highly recommend it. 

Another Richard Bach book… but this one is a meant to be more of a children’s book. It is full of incredible art, and more thought-provoking quotes like Can miles truly separate us from friends? If you want to be with Rae, aren’t you already there? The hubs gifted this to me one time when we were saying goodbye for a couple weeks as he went off to Michigan State. I visited him quite a bit, but sometimes, just reading this book would comfort me through the seemingly long stretch of time between being stuck living with my mother… and being happy with him. 

Ever hear of it? I doubt I need to say much about The Hunger Games. I picked it up a few months before the movie EXPLODED. I had intended on picking up Tina Fey’s Bossypants book, but it was out of stock. I read the back cover of The Hunger Games and was intrigued. Then… I could.not.put.it.down. I related to Katniss on some level, as a child who’s mother was sort of absent and had to help with her sister… ok, help her family SURVIVE. Just grabbed my heart, tugged, and I fell deeply in love with it. I wasn’t as obsessed with the next 2 books, and I hated the last book of this series so much that I threw it violently at the wall when I finished it. The first book will always hold a special place in my heart. 

This book makes me smile just typing the title!! It was one of the first books Natalie read to Sedona… and I can still hear the giggles as they both laugh through the “oops” at the end of each page. I need to record them reading it so I can cherish it always. Such a happy, special book for my family. 

Sometimes, my mother surprises me. This is one of my favorite gifts I’ve ever received from her. My mom sought out a signed copy of this story of how the city of Sedona, Arizona was named for the founder’s beautiful wife, because he couldn’t think of anything more beautiful. We received it after we named our 2nd daughter Sedona, after falling in love with the city when the hubs & I lived in Arizona. The art included in the book nearly takes me back to the incredible city of Sedona. There are historical references, and inspiring quotes like If you’re going to be famous, make sure it’s for good things. Figure out ways of helping people make you happy. Always try, and don’t give up when you’re discouraged. Write about things that are important to you, and what you want to do. That will be part of your history! It’s not a well-known book, but it’s one we can sit down and read as a family. 

What are your favorite books? Link up with Alissa at Clever Compass today for her Friday 5! 

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