Sunday, April 28, 2013

5 Books Every Woman Should Read

OK, you guys.. this was so super hard for me! I love reading all kinds of different books, but to pick ones that every woman should read.. that was really difficult.  So.. I came up with 4. Don't sue me. haha. 

1)  The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

I like this book for the simple fact that it reminds you to be happy.  And to find ways to make you happy.  Because let's be honest, in the daily grind of our lives, it's easy to let stress and exhaustion and being busy get the best of you.  Sure, we can eat right or exercise, but our souls need a little nourishment, too.  So reading about the different ways that Gretchen Rubin tried to be happy - with her job, her marriage, being a mom, etc, - really spoke to me. I'd definitely like to embark on my own happiness project... when I can find the time. :)

2) ANY book by Nicholas Sparks

I think every woman should read a book (or all of them!) by Nicholas Sparks.  Because sometimes it's nice to be in a world where there are these epic, life-changing, all-consuming love stories.  Where the guy will overcome any and all odds to be with his woman.  Where good almost always prevails against evil.  And sometimes you also need a good cry and Sparks is good for those, too. :)  Nights in Rodanthe and A Walk to Remember are my two favorites... read them! 

3)  Ten Degrees of Reckoning, by Hester Rumberg

This book shook me to my core.  I was devastated.  Here's a synopsis:
In 1993, Judith and Michael Sleavin and their two children set out to live their dream: to sail around the world. But one night, a freighter off the coast of New Zealand altered its course by a mere ten degrees. And changed everything. After surviving forty-four hours in the water, with a back broken in several places and paralyzed below the waist, Judith miraculously survived. Doctors would later say she suffered one of the worst cases of post-traumatic stress syndrome ever documented. News of the collision made headlines around the world, but, distraught, Judith never talked to the press. Her body was broken, and so was her soul.

Twelve years later, Judith turned to her best friend, Hester Rumberg, and asked her to write what was too painful for her to write. The result is a gripping, unbelievable yet true story of one family's love, of profound loss, and of a remarkable woman who decided to live when others might have decided otherwise. But always it is a stunning account of survival, a meditation on the strength of friendship and community. It is a universal tale of how any of our lives might be unexpectedly altered, how we might have to change what we hope for, and how we can move forward in times of tragedy.

I promise it will have you gripped to the seat of your chair.  You'll feel despair... but overall, a sense of profound love after reading this book. It still haunts me. 

4)  The 5 Love Languages, by Gary Chapman

This book is a must-read for anybody in a relationship.  

So, what books do YOU think every woman should read? 



  1. I love Nicholas Sparks. His books are so wonderful.

  2. I have never heard of "The Happiness Project"--I'm going to check that out! Great list--totally agree on the "5 Love Languages"!

  3. I put the 5 Love Languages on my 'want to' read list. I haven't yet, so I'm excited to read that. I'm also obsessed with Nicholas Sparks, so I completely agree with you on those. I couldn't just pick one! And I just got The Happiness Project for my birthday, so that is on my summer- read list! xoxo- Kristen

  4. Ahhhh, The Happiness Project was on my original list, but that list also had a dozen titles and this link-up specifically said CHOOSE FIVE. hahahahaha

  5. runs to add these to reading list

  6. I really think I need to read the Happiness Project. Like...Starting yesterday. :)

  7. The Happiness Project is a great book! I'm in the middle of reading it now, and it's definitely something every young woman should read. Ten Degrees of Reckoning sounds really good, I'm adding it to my list of books to read now!

  8. Happiness Project! One of my FAVE books. Great choices!

  9. That first one sounds like one for me (hint, hint).

    I am also now following you on Bloglovin'!

    Hoping you're well.

  10. I completely agree. Anything by Nicholas Sparks is a must read. I included him in my post as well which I'm publishing in the morning.

  11. I loveee Sparks' books. I'm currently reading John Mccain's Faith of our Fathers. Checkout my blog series this week for the Kentucky Derby!


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  12. I've yet to read The Happiness Project but I've heard such great things about it. I love reading but I guess one could call me a "picky" reader; it has to be written by a woman... That's my number one rule... I just don't like the tone of books written by men. Ha. Weird? Yes.

  13. I thought the Five Love Languages was going to be super cheesy, but I actually got so much out of it and thought it was great. Great list!

  14. Thanks for the recommendations love! I haven't read a book since college... years ago... and can't remember the last time I read a book just to read one and enjoy it. Looking forward to reading these! XOXOXO

    Kristine -The Foley Fam {unedited}


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