Books have been a huge part of our lives. We happen to have a dad who reads like a book a day. Huge awesome nerd. Here is a cool ass list of must read books. Our favorites…
Pillars of The Earth – by Ken Follet
A page turning epic about the building of the greatest gothic cathedral the world has ever seen in 12 century England. I could not put down this book about a story between church and state and brother against brother. A must read.
The Outlander – by Diane Gabaldon
This book falls under every genre; Science fiction, history, mystery, romance, fantasy and impossible to sum up in two or three sentences. A WWII nurse and her husband are on a second honeymoon getting reacquainted in Scotland after the war ends and Claire walks through a time traveling stone and finds herself alone and in the past. She realizes she is in the Scottish Highlands in the turn of the 18th century and almost immediately fighting to survive. In order to live, she ends up marrying clansman Jamie Fraser and this marriage by convenience quickly became one of the greatest love stories I have ever read. These books were finally made into a series on STARZ, but read the damn book. It and its 6 book series are a journey I didn’t want to end.
Eleanor and Park – by Rainbow Rowell
This is a young adult novel about two teenage misfits and their first love experience. Eleanor is a hilarious full figured red head who narrates and will make you LOL. Park, a half Korean 16 year old, where they first meet up on the bus on the way to school. Their love for comic books and mix tapes of 80’s rock connects them and the rest is history.
We Are Water – Wally Lamb
Written about a wife and mother, set in New England and New York during Obama’s presidency. Mother Annie Oh decides after almost 30 years of marriage she is in love with Viveca, an art dealer from Manhattan. This book is about struggle and redemption and the essence of the human experience and the struggle a family must go through as they navigate their way back to a place of peace. I absolutely love this book.
Undaunted Courage – by Stephen Ambrose
The brilliantly written book about the expedition President Thomas Jefferson selected Captain Meriwether Lewis to lead a voyage through wild and vast unknown land completely ruled by Indians. Alongside rugged frontiersman William Clark they trekked to the Pacific and back, gathering data about plants and animals and at times looking bears and death right in the face. An amazing read and one every American should enjoy.
If you happen to have a brain and are the slightest bit interested in why men and women are so frigging different, this is a killer for you. Men should definitely read this book once their chicks are done with it. They will become better partners once they understand it is not our fault, it’s just the female brain.
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
I had this super amazing therapist years ago and he handed me this book one day when I walked into his office. He was a cool dude. He thought I would enjoy it and boy was he right. This is a beautiful book that will make you cry and smile. Taking place during World War II, this story is about a young girl who learns how to read by stealing books and she shares these books and stories with others during the chaotic and stressful moments of war. Basically, this book is about the power of books and how effortlessly life changing they are.
The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm is a cool dude. He is a sociological and psychological writer. In this book, he delves into the phenomena of epidemiology. Epidemics are much cooler than you would think. He talks about pollinators (people who are really frigging good at spreading shit like wildfire) and he basically shows you how to start and maintain social epidemics. Gladwell talks about some cool ass shit. This book is eye opening and super educational and inspiring.
You Are A Badass, by Jen Sincero
My Most recent favorite on the list, this book captivated me for a million reasons. It is a self helper and Sincero basically kicks your ass into stopping self doubt. You will begin to love the things you can’t change about yourself, learn more about why you are the way you are, and you will be given knowledge and tools that will assist you in bettering your life and your mind set. This is an easy read and an amazing one.
When Panic Attacks, by David D. Burns
Ok. This book right here is anxieties worst nightmare. You have anxiety? Yes, you do. We all do. Some way more out of control than others but either way anxiety exists within all of us. This brilliant book will help you conquer fear and suffering by teaching you how to think properly. See. Your thoughts are what provoke and create your anxiety. Yep. Just read it. It changed my life. You’re welcome.
The Historian , by Elisabeth Kostova
If you’re into the legend of Dracula, you will not be able to put this page turner down. I read this 720 page mystery in three days, it’s mesmerizing and addicting. I like to think of it as the DaVinci Code for vamp lovers. Follow along on this whirlwind, adventurous and sometimes frightening quest for the truth of Vlad the Impaler…just in time for a thrilling Halloween read.
The Great Gatsby , by F Scott Fitzgerald
This is an oldie, but a darn goodie. Many of us have read this classic, but personally, I can read about Jay and Daisy over and over again. It magically takes you back to an age where people spoke eloquently and dressed beautifully…and apparently liked to party. Two things: I read the end of this book at Queen Latifah’s house (my one and only celebrity story) and this novel has made me a lover of jazz music, something else I cannot get enough of.
Om for the Mom, by Vanessa Palmer
This is my lady bible and a must read for any woman, not just mom. Om is a beautiful mix of self help, yoga, reflection and story telling. It helps you open your eyes, heart and mind to understand why life sometimes throws some curve balls at you and how to deal with challenges along the way. It was a gift to me and it’s my gift to you. Check out my review of this incredible book, here.
It’s All Good, Gwenyth Paltrow
I bought this book after I ate the pickled jalapeños made from one of her recipes at a friend’s lake home. They were ADDICTING. I began cooking everything from this cookbook and needless to say, each meal was delicious and simple to create. She has everything from juices, salads, fish entress to desserts and meals for the kiddos. This book should be on the shelf with the rest of your cookbooks, it’s a winner!
Neither Here Nor There, by Bill Bryson
Here we follow the author as he embarks on his second time on an adventure throughout Europe. If you love laughing and traveling, buy this book right this second and read it. Bryson is absolutely hilarious in telling his tales of meeting people from all over the world, commuting to and from cities and his occasional run in with drunks while at numerous pubs…sometimes Bryson himself being said drunk. This is a laugh out loud book and perfect for the end of summer. But be careful, you’ll definitely catch the travel bug as soon as you finish this epic, European adventure.
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