Books, Life

Five Favorites Friday

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I don’t know about you all, but I love to read! In fact…I have a book in my purse at the moment ready for whenever I have down time. I’m currently reading For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker, and let me tell you…it is so very good! So, I thought I would share with you my Five Favorite Books. Not necessarily my favorite of all time…but the books that have truly meant something to me, touched me. This isn’t very easy, to me picking a short list like this is SO  hard because books are my people!!

So here goes!!


1. The Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon:  For many, scriptures are essential to life and I’m not any different! I’ve had several varieties of scriptures over the course of my 35 years. Some fell apart from being worn. They are marked and highlighted and written in.  I have used the to study and apply God’s word to my life.  I continue to do so. I will continue to study these books for my own eternity, and I STILL won’t have a complete understanding of everything that is written in them.

2. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin: I shared in a blog post a few weeks back how much I love this book !  (I’m actually piecing together my own happiness project for 2017!) Gretchen shares with us her journey to finding deeper happiness and joy in her already happy life! It’s a great inspiration for all of us to look at our own lives and tidy those corners that sometimes cause unnecessary stress!

3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: I know this is an odd one to have the list…but bear with me for a minute! You either love this book or you hate it.  It’s on this list, so obviously I LOVE it! I’ve read this book so many times that I actually wore out my first copy and bought a new one! It’s not a gloriously perfect romance. It is truly a book about terrible people doing terrible things to one another. I find myself getting caught up in Cathy and Heathcliff’s strange obsession with one another. To me, it’s real…not over the top….and even a little ugly! So…if you hated this book the first time you were forced to read it in high school…try it again!!

4. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman: I first read this book back when I was struggling to love my first husband. Our marriage was never pretty. I read the book and tried to figure out his love language…and then love him that way. I wasn’t successful. I think it was probably because we weren’t meant to last. We were never good for each other. BUT…the principals stuck with me and now I use them in my marriage…and my husband understands them as well. Our marriage isn’t perfect by any means…but we know that in order to keep the love bank full we have to be speaking love the right way!

5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: A classic and one of my absolute favorites! I am an only child and when I was little I had a wild imagination. I fell in love with the story! As an adult, I’m still adventure obsessed. “Every adventure requires a first step” AND “Actually, the best thing you could have given her was a lifetime of adventures” are my two favorite quotes from the book! Two quotes that speak to my soul! Some day, I would love to have this one in an early edition!

What are YOUR favorite books?  What books do you love? What books have touched your soul?  Please share your must reads with me in the comments!!

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