I’m not sure exactly what it is, whether it’s busier schedules or shorter attention spans, but for some reason reading for pleasure has become a little too underestimated. I mean I’m guilty of it too, I don’t read for pleasure nearly as much as I want to. However, there are three books I’ve read that I reference pretty much every day of my life and I felt like I needed to share. If there are any books I feel someone should read, they’re these. Each of them is completely distinct from each other, with different writing styles and different morals/lessons. (*Clicking on book titles will direct you to the corresponding Amazon listing)
- God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours by Regina Brett (it’s a New York Times bestseller)
Religious or not, Regina Brett makes this book relevant to anybody’s life. The book is split into 50 mini short stories or lessons that really change the way you see things. She actually wrote it when she turned 50, and as weird as this sounds her point of view was important to me because of how much she has been through. She’s had it tough and she’s wise, it’s hard to not trust her. Does that make sense? Anyway, I came across this book during a tough time in my life and I can honestly say it really helped me get past it. The nice thing about it is that you can always come back and read a chapter or two depending on what you’re going through, I do it from time to time.
- A Yellow Raft in Blue Water: A Novel by Michael Dorris
Yeah I know what you’re thinking, I had to read this for AP Lit in high school why is this on here? BUT this book seriously changed my life and that’s a little dramatic but really it did. This novel tells its story through three generations of women, you start the book reading the daughter’s point of view, then the next section is her mom’s and then the grandma’s. It’s kinda three different stories that are essentially the pieces to one huge story. This book really shows you the power of perspective, it taught me that there aren’t really rights/wrongs in life just different points of views. After reading this book, it became a habit of mine to stop and put myself in others’ shoes before passing judgment or behaving in general. I never realized how important it was, but it’s almost essential to having healthy relationships.
- The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Ever since we were little, my father would merge the messages of this book into all aspects of our lives. We were basically raised with this book, and I really couldn’t be more grateful. The book is about the law of attraction (and if you don’t know what that is I highly encourage you to research) and it’s basically about how powerful positive thinking can be. (Side note: the book has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 46 different languages so yeah trust me it’s a good one.) I’ve witnessed the law of attraction at work since I was a little girl, so I really have no doubts that this is real. The law of attraction and positive thinking can really change your life.
Keep in mind that these books are supposed to be taken in how the individual decides to perceive them. Take from them what you want–remember there are no rights/ wrongs. If you decide to read any of these (or you’re a friend and you want to borrow my copies) let me know. I’d love to hear your opinions 🙂