Must Reads

From a very early age, I loved to read.  All kinds of different genres, but I HAD to have a book in my hand at all times.  Then something happened.  A tragedy that forever changed me (for the better, believe it or not) but my desire to read completely disappeared.  I tried… I really did.  I would go to the library and force myself to sit awake and read a chapter a night, but as I was reading each line, my mind was somewhere else.  So, I’d have to start over.  It wasn’t until not that long ago, my desire to read came back with a vengeance.  Right now I’ve got 4 books being shipped to my house and 6 on the table for when I finish the one I’m currently reading.  I am in no way a book critic, however, the books that I read I will leave my opinion, and let you be the judge.  If it sounds interesting, maybe you’ll pick up a copy.  If it sounds like it’s just not your thing, maybe you’ll save yourself a few bucks.  So, I’d LOVE to give you a book list of the books I’ve read in the past month or so, but as I finish the, I pass them along to family and friends; especially the page turners!  I will update this page as often as I finish a new book, and give you my opinion.  If YOU have a good read, please let me know!  I LOVE to read equally as much as I love to write.  And I love page turners.  Those, my eyes are half closed, I’m fighting sleep, but I have to read just one more chapter, books.  So, here is my list so far.  Hope you enjoy!!



Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye.  If I could, I would buy each and every one of you a copy.  THIS is my bible.  What started out as a written journal to self discovery turned into a book.  A book that will forever remain my favorite.  There is a quote at the end of each chapter.  One of my favorites is by Mark Twain.  It goes something like “I love television.  It’s so educational.  For every time someone turns one on, I leave the room and read a book.”  If you only buy one more book in this lifetime, make it this one.  EXTREMELY inspiring!!

Eckhart Tolle – A New Earth and The Power of Now.  Those will forever be at the top of my bookshelf.  I use them often, and refer to them as my bibles.  I love the way that man thinks, and he is so accurate in his thinking.  I will forever be a fan.  2 Thumbs Up!!

A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson.  Very inspiring book and I found that I could relate, finally (!!) to someone else in this big crazy world.  This is an A+, 2 Thumbs up.  Not a page turner, but more of an eye opener. Highly recommend it to everyone, men and women alike.

Wayne Dyer – I own a few of his books, and even though I’ve found he often repeats himself, he’s a very smart man, with a positive message in each book he writes.  It’s more about the power of positive thinking.  Love him, so 2 Thumbs up.

The Conscious Parent by Shefali Tsabary – 2 Thumbs up from me.  In a nut shell, it brings our attention to the fact that we parents spend way too much time buried in our electronics and not enough quality time with our children.  Plus, what message are we sending to our children by doing so?  This phone or computer or stupid Candy Crush game is far more important than what you might want to talk about right now.  Just something to think about.

Out Of Control: Why disciplining your child won’t work, and what will by Shefali Tsabary.  I haven’t completed the book, but man is this woman a genius.  My son was diagnosed as being a Highly Sensitive Person.  I can’t tell you how many people accuse me of babying him, and letting him walk all over me.  What these ignorant people don’t see, is that if a punishment is deserved, it is doled out.  Just not in the way other parents do it.  I will never strike my son, nor will I ever take something he loves away from him.  Maybe this sounds crazy, but if you read the book, she explains it far better than I ever could.

Orange Is The New Black by Piper Kerman. Book? 2 Thumbs Up.  Series?  Not at all like the book.  I can’t seem to get past the first episode of the first season.  Maybe it’s because I don’t have much use for TV, but it seems as though the book offers far more than the movie. Highly recommend the book over the series.

Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf – Absolute page turner!!  A novel, but I’m well aware that this is very close to real life.  It wasn’t until I finished the book that I found out there was one before it with the same main character called Little Lies.  Although it’s fairly new, it was only .99 cents on Amazon Kindle, so I bought it.  I’ve yet to read it yet though.  I’ll have to get back to you on that one.

Funkle Fattie by Heather Langone – A story of an adult bully.  I bought it for my son, to read to my son at bedtime, as he is forever being bullied at school.  It’s to show him that I’m not making it up.  Bullies are bullies because inside they are really cowards.  Yes, I’ve told him this repeatedly, but now there’s a book about it?!  By a total stranger!  Maybe mom WAS telling the truth.  If you have a child who is being bullied, I would highly recommend this one.  Read it to your child.  Let him or her close their eyes and imagine the scenes playing out in their minds like a movie.  Let them absorb the messages the bully is telling.

Under the Blood by Lisa Unger.  Absolute page turner, and you TOTALLY don’t see the ending coming.  THAT’S what I LOVE about books like these.  You think it’s going to go one way and then you actually stop and say to yourself… What the hell?  I’ve read far too many good books that could have been great if they weren’t in such a hurry to get it published and gave more attention to the ending.  This is not one of those books.  LOVED it!!

I am a huge fan of Kristin Hannah and Kay Hooper.  So, their most recent releases (Kristin’s – Fly Away and Kay’s – Hostage) are an automatic 2 thumbs up.  I just love the way Kristin writes and she seems so down to earth.  The next book from her that’s on my list to read is The Things We Do For Love.  No idea how that one got by me, but another fan of hers pointed the book out while I was in the book store and said I HAD to read it, so I bought it.

At one point in my life, I was literally at my all time low.  I purchased a book that was essentially the stepping stone to getting me where I am today.  It’s called Solemate: Master the art of aloneness and transform your life.  It’s written by Lauren Mackler. Very good as far as self-help books go.

Breathe Into Me by Sara Fawkes.  Ahhh don’t waste your money.  This was another good read, but it seems like the author rushed to get it published and the ending could have been so much better.  I swear…if I ever write a fictional novel, I’m going to start with the ending, just to make sure it’s good.

The Seventh Mother by Sherri Wood Emmons.  If You are a woman, and you are PMSing, I would strongly recommend NOT reading this book.  It was a bit of a tear jerker.  It could have had a more detailed ending, but, all in all, it was a good read.  On the back inside cover are 3 more books she has written.  I’m not going to rush out and buy them, but I’ll give them serious thought for the future.  I like her voice.  I like her style, and the fact that you just have to read one more chapter before putting it down.  Yup… I’d recommend this one.

Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee – Only on chapter 4 but so far it could go either way…




4 thoughts on “Must Reads

  1. Wayne Dyer and Marianne Williamson are so very inspiring. Last year I got to hear Marianne in person and then she graciously allowed all of us to meet her after the luncheon. She graciously allowed each one of us to say hello and say something to her. She gave me such great advice for my classroom too…Pray for my kids every day and that I would notice a considerable difference in 30 days. Kids KNOW when they are loved. Thanks for sharing your greatness. Marie


    • Yes, I just found her this past year. My mom saw her on Oprah and go one of her books from the library. I just flipped through it and decided I HAD to have a copy, so I ordered it. She is truly and inspiring woman.


    • It’s a great way to spread the word… Plus, if others do it, we get a better feel for the book. If I’ve got a book in my hand, ready to purchase, and someone walks over and says “Don’t waste your money. The book was a page turner until chapter 3. Then it goes all over the place and you can’t keep up.” I’m going to thank them, and put the book back.


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