Happy Friday Friends! I am really excited this week because, not only am I participating in Friday Favourites this week, I am sharing some of my favourite books!
I am a book work. I love to read all sorts of things from nonfiction to light romantic fluff. I used to read more for pleasure before attending university. I found being forced to read text books for five years turned me off of books for a while. Now I am pretty picky and only read what I truely want to read. I have no problem leaving a book unfinished if I don’t like it, there isn’t enough time in my life for a bad book. I also will reread books again and again if I love them. There isn’t anything wrong with this, a good book should be enjoyed and shared!
I have picked my top 10 favourite books. I should say that these might not be my favroutie books of all time, but they are books I am loving right now and want to share with all of you! Please don’t judge my taste in reading materials, we all have our guilty pleasures!
1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I think this one is a bit over done as of late but that doesn’t stop me from loving it!! I can’t get this book out of my head. I finished it last week and immediately called my mom to have a very dramatic ‘WHAT THE HELL!!??’ conversation. Now I am frantically coming up with a time to go and see the movie. The ending rocked my world. I can’t say I really liked the end, or most of the characters but it definitely got up under my skin. Josh is reading it right now and I NEED him to finish it so I can talk to him about it.
2. The Everygirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness by Maria Manounos
I picked this book up a few months ago at the book store and got hooked. Maria lays it all out on the table. her book is light and clean looking, easy to read and is full of awesome tid bits and stories to inspire you on a journey of healthy eating and a balanced lifestyle. I wouldn’t normally buy this type of book but I did and am very happy about the decision. There is so much information in this book that I know I will need to reread it to absorb everything. I also think its very motivating and will be a good read for when I start to feel my resolve slipping.
3. Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy by E. L. James
Need I say more? These books are the best summer vacation, sitting in the sun doing nothing, sort of books. They are pure fluff and fantasy but that’s okay! Books should be fun and lets face it, most of my reading is done by the pool on hot lazy summer days. I need some fluff in my life. I am only slightly embarrassed to say I have read this trilogy three times now. They are too much fun. I am looking forward to the movie in a big way. I’m not a fan of the casting and I am sure the movie won’t do the books justice but I am looking forward to a super fun night out with my girl friends!!
4.The Last 15: A Weight-Loss Breakthrough by Dr. Joey Shulman
My copy of this book is full of notes, stickies and it looks worn out overall. I have been through that book up and down inside and out many times. This program helped me loose about 25 pounds a few years ago. It was an amazing but short lived time in my life. I let my new body go to my head and forgot that in order to keep myself looking that way I had to continue to work. I would still suggest this book and don’t blame the program for my weight gain. I still follow a lot of the advice in this book and this is a program I want to try again. I will just have a different outlook when I do it and be going into it for the long term. Being healthy is a life long marathon not a sprint, no matter what method you choose to help you get there.
5. The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius by Kristine Barnett
If you work with children, know children or have children you will gain some beautiful things from this book. It truely is something to read, absorb and hold onto in your heart. I loved reading it the first time last Christmas and need to reread it soon. As an educator it is easy to get clogged down by many things like stress, politics, the multitude of needs and things to do. This book brought me back to why I love kids and helping them learn. It was a wonderful experience.
6. Anything Written by Elin Hilderbrand
If you need something to read at the beach you should check out Elin Hildrebraund. She writes what I would call, slightly smarter beach fluff. Her books are fun and mostly take place on Nantucket Island, they follow a number of generations and are often family stories. I haven’t read a book by her that I haven’t liked. They are perfect for getting lost in by the beach.
7. Running Like a Girl: Notes of Learning to Run by Alexandra Heminsley
This is an awesome read for any woman who runs or is interested in running. Alexandra is like any girl who decided to get healthy and start running. She talks about her training and struggles along the way as well as some tips. This book made me laugh and cry. It was lots of fun and very relate-able.
8. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
When the Hunger Games trilogy was published I thought there was no way I would like them. I am not really into the whole science fiction fantasy realm thing. I also don’t like to think about the end of the world let alone watch movies or read books that deal with it, why depress myself? But when the movie came out I was intrigued. It looked like a good movie and my mom wanted to go. I loved the movie and then spent the entire weekend before my final exams of my final year of university reading the Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, instead of studying. I would not suggest this as a game plan for studying success. I am now
somewhat completely obsessed with the books, movies and Jennifer Lawrence.
9. Anything written by John Irving
I discovered John Irving through a book assignment in grade 12 and he is now my favourite author. My favourites of his books are A Prayer for Owen Meany, The World According to Garp and Last Night at Twisted River. There is something so wonderful about John Irving’s writing. His books are often very serious but also funny with a bit of strange mixed in.
10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
My grandfather wanted me to read To Kill a Mockingbird when I was 13. It was his favourite book and I think this is a large part of why I call it my favourite book. There is no doubt that this is a truly wonderful book and something special in literature. But, I have a sentimental connection to this book. I feel connected to my grandfather when I read it and therefore its messages are more clear and important to me.
If you haven’t checked out any of these books I certainly hope you do. I love them and I hope you do too! Thank’s for the link up Heather!!