So I set myself a goal to read 100 books. And it took me over 6 years to get there. After finally completing the mission, I figured I would share my top picks with all of you. Even though a lot of books were read. Many genres were explored. And endless hours were spent reading. I’ve ultimately decided what my absolute favorites are. Which is perfect timing, because summer reading is an easy, and enjoyable pastime, to fill up those long hours in the sun. Relax by a pool. Chill at the beach. Cruise on a boat. Camp out in nature. Just make sure you have a book with you. Use whatever sun-filled, lazy days you have left, to enjoy these 7 sweet, summer reading picks!
This memoir is deep. It follows a woman down her long journey of self-discovery and love. Starting off with eating disorders, and alcoholism, leading to the infidelity of her husband, and the after effects on her marriage. There is nothing this woman hasn’t been through, and she shares it all. Passion. Love. Despair. And purpose. After reading and connecting on such a deep level, you will feel like you know this author, inside and out.
Confessions of a Shopaholic
This is an older series, but still one of my absolute faves. The main character loves to shop, to the point that it’s like an obsession, or addiction. Watch as she embarks on a stream of bad decisions, embarrassing moments, and laugh out loud situations. I call this my “chocolate book”, because it doesn’t do much for me intellectually, or emotionally. But it’s definitely enjoyable. For times when you just want an easy read. Or a book that makes you laugh out loud. This is it. You’ll keep turning the pages until its finished. Then you’ll be bummed when it’s over. But don’t worry, there are plenty more in the series.
- Shopaholic Takes Manhattan
- Shopaholic Ties the Knot
- Shopaholic & Sister
- Shopaholic & Baby
- Mini Shopaholic
- Shopaholic to the Rescue
- Shopaholic to the Stars
Present Over Perfect
Another memoir. But this one reads in such a quiet, calm manner, that you can’t help but feel peaceful yourself. The author shares her story of transitioning from a successful, rushed, constantly going, busy-body. To a life of calm relaxation. Focused only on joy, being present, and living in the moment. A great read for anyone looking to slow down. Most of us are so busy thinking, doing, and filling our time with technology, that we miss out on the moments right in front of us. Therefore, we could all benefit from this book, and the message behind it. Let’s be present, not perfect!
Lessons from Madame Chic
This book was mentioned in a previous post, that’s how much it has inspired me. The author discusses the 20 lessons she learned while living in Paris. Whether you want to read about family and the home, or eating and appearance, this book covers it all. In addition to the useful information, and practical tips, there is also an abundance of personal stories. These memoir type anecdotes, will make you want to laugh, cringe, and possibly cry. You won’t want to put it down. In fact, the success and adoration from the first book has created 2 others in the series.
Bringing up Bebe
This is a must read for anyone who is a parent. A young American woman moves to France with her husband, and they end up getting pregnant. They decide to stay abroad and raise their children in France. Incidentally, many stark differences start showing up, between the French style of parenting, and parenting in the US. Filled with extremely useful information, loads of research, statistics, and even real-life examples about raising a child. France v.s. US. You’ll start to question your own parenting techniques, along with those of the French.
This is a memoir that will shock you to the very core of your being. A young writer from Canada, travels abroad trying to find work, and news worthy stories. Eventually she makes her way to Somalia, where she gets kidnapped. The book chronicles her adventures in different countries. Along with her physical, mental, spiritual and emotional struggles, during her 400+ days in captivity. This woman’s story, and strength, demonstrate the true perseverance of the human spirit.
Feel the Fear & Do It Anyway
Finally, we have a self-help book. An extremely old read, probably from the 80’s. Even though I’ve read the book over 20 times, it still remains on my bookshelf, occupying a top spot amongst all the other books I’ve read. Why? The advice is well – written, tangible and isn’t sugar coated. The author doesn’t guarantee results, or success, but puts the responsibility on us. Which is exactly where it should be. Now this may suck to hear, and suck to read, but we all know it’s true. So I continue to read this book, over and over again. Sometimes the oldies are the goodies!
In the end, here are the 100 books I read!
I’d love to hear from you. What are your favorite books? Has anyone read any of these 7 books- what did you think?