Disclaimer: If you’re not a big reader, don’t feel weird!
Other than a few good reads, I basically took a five-year break from reading while I was in college and beyond, and I don’t regret it one bit. Certain times in our lives are more conducive to reading, and other times it’s a struggle to even squeeze in a few minutes of scripture reading each day. No judgment here. I did receive some good advice once though, “No matter how busy you are, always be reading a good book” (even if it takes you a year or two to get through it!). I like that.
That being said… now is actually a great time in my life for reading! Because of that, I want to share some of the books I’ve just been eating up (and some that I haven’t!), so hopefully I can offer some good suggestions to those who are looking for a good, inspiring read!
Book #1: Seabiscuit
This is the book that made me fall in love with non-fiction! I hadn’t seen the movie before I read it, but my husband knew I would adore the story. It’s a thrilling, emotional read and through it I saw a different side of the depression era. Plus, I gained a lot more respect for those tiny men who jockey! If you’re trying to branch out into nonfiction, this is a great place to start.
Book #2: The Millionaire Next Door
If you want to be inspired to focus less on material things and prepare better for the future, READ THIS BOOK! It totally helps you prioritize your finances and change your mindset on how you view money and perceived wealth. One of my favorite things it does is take two people who earn the same amount of money, track their finances, and show who looks like their are financially stable and who actually is. So fascinating! So motivating! So love. I also love that it gives suggestions on what percentage of your salary you should be spending on certain things, like how much to spend on a home, how much to allocate to travel… etc. I highly recommend this book!!
Book #3: The Book Thief
I love historical fiction, but this book took a while for me to get into! To me, the narrator seemed like a strange, etherial form of the grim reaper, and it kind of weirded me out for a while (and right after I wrote that I found this alternate cover…).
I got about halfway through the book and lost interest, then a few months later I picked it back up again and finished it just a couple of days later. I’m glad I read it, because I really did appreciate it much more as the story unfolded, but it was a slow burn. So I’m sorry if I offend anyone who really really loved this book but I’m only kind of loving it!