A Few Good Reads

I really LOVE to read. It’s one of those pastimes that I wish I had more time for. But, we all know how time goes … it’s fleeting … and most often there just isn’t enough time in the day for everything we need to do, let alone enough time to do something we actually want to.

Anyway, I’m not complaining. So I’ll stop now. But, I do want to share a few books you should definitely put on your ‘I Need to Read These’ list for your spring break or just because! They are brilliant – each in their own way and I think there just might be something for everyone! Well, with the exception of your little ones. But hey, that’s ok, because these are for your ‘me time’, that I hope you get a lot of for spring break and into the summer!

First on the list … The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. What a poignant, heart aching piece of literature. It will tug at your heart strings and you’ll most likely cry – a lot. But it’s worth the read! It’s set in Nazi Germany and tells the story of a young girl who’s life is turned upside down because of the times – and personal tragedies. It’s beautifully written and I can’t tell you how many times I cried while reading this book. The words are haunting. The story is intense. It will stir many emotions in you and you most likely won’t be able to put it down until you turn the last page!

Second on the list – and might I say – these are in no particular order. So read in any order you like! Love Does, by Bob Goff was a book given to me by a dear friend. It’s a beautiful collection of stories that tells the story of an incredible life in an ordinary world {that’s the subtitle – but thought it was really fitting in describing the book!} Anyway, you can start at the end if you want with this book because each ‘short story’ is its own. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll most certainly smile. And you’ll most likely want to meet Bob and talk more about his insanely beautiful existence. I know I did when I finished the final pages!

Third on the list, and most likely the oldest book in the pile is the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells. Now fellas, don’t cringe your noses to much because I’m pretty sure you could read this book too and enjoy it! But ladies, this book was picked just in mind for you. A tale about love, loss, and most notably, the bond of female friendships, it will have you reading it over and over again! I have it on my list to read again this summer! It’s such a great novel that they made a film based on the story in 2002! And bonus – it features one of my favorite actresses, Sandra Bullock! I would definitely recommend the film – it’s a great adaptation of the novel – but read the book first! You won’t be disappointed!

This next book is a tear jerker. I’m just going to tell you right now, to save you the embarrassment you might face if you read this in a public place! I started reading Fly Away in a coffee shop and had countless people ask me if I was ok because I was crying so hard! This is a sequel to my favorite book, ever, Firefly Lane, both by Kristin Hannah. WOW. This story. Well, both stories. Overwhelming beautiful. Heartbreaking. Powerful. Each tells a story about friendship. The ups and downs. The trials and tribulations. The triumphs; the failures. The stories will change you. And they will make you appreciate the friendships in your life. Grab both books and then go hug your best friend.

I read Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer a few months ago. And I was completely blown away by the writing style and pure ingenious words of this author. I’ve never read a book that was written the way this was and it completely drew me in. The premise of the novel is post 9/11 and tells the journey of a nine-year-old who lost his father in the World Trade Center that fateful day. The story is rather griping and I found it very hard to put the book down. I wanted to know more – read more about this ‘mission’ that this little boy was on to discover something his father left behind. It will move you to tears – especially the ending – but that’s all I’m going to tell you. Rent the movie next – because you guessed it – it’s a major motion picture too! And it’s beautiful.

The final book on the list is for your pure enjoyment. I first started following Brandon Stanton’s photographic quest via his blog. He set out to do something no one has ever done before … and that’s capture – and tell the stories of the people of New York. Humans of New York is just a snippet of his amazing collection of those photographs and stories. And I must say – WOW. It’s such a beautiful and powerful book that really conveys the people in the photographs – and will restore your hope for humanity – and most undoubtedly inspire you. It surely inspired me! You’ll most likely find yourself going up to a stranger and saying hello. Maybe even asking them their own story. Check out the Humans of New York blog and keep following too! I assure you it will bring a smile to your face – and you’ll most certainly shed a tear or two too.


Happy Reading!