There are so many amazing reads out there, but these are some of my favorite books of all time.
Fave Books I Read as a kid:
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
I read this book about 10 times—and I rarely re-read books. It’s just that good! I keep meaning to dive back into it as an adult, but haven’t gotten around to it. I love anything set during WWII, and this was no exception.
This book taught me that being brave doesn’t mean you aren’t scared—it means doing the things that scare you anyway because you know it’s right or good. If you love stories about kids with courage, you’ll love this book!
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Wow. If you haven’t read this classic, you need to. I struggle with reading a lot of the classics. I know, I know. For someone who likes reading, that’s blaspheme! But it’s the truth. That being said, I’ve read this one multiple times. It’s brilliant!
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
I read this for a school project and I didn’t expect to love it like I did. I honestly don’t remember much about it other than that I never wanted it to end!
Favorite Middle Grade Books
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
This book is all about how the way other people view us affects the way feel about ourselves. Therefore, it challenges us to think about the way we view other people.
I adored this book and the teacher in it deserves allllllllll the gold stars. If you love stories about learning to accept and work with (not against) your “flaws”, this is a great read!
Wonder by RJ Palacio
With the movie out, most people have now heard of this book. But if you’ve only seen the movie, I challenge you to read the book as well. It’s able to dig a little deeper into the story and I promise you it’s worth it! If you love books about kindness and rooting for the underdog, check this one out!
The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
This book is incredibly sad, but also incredibly well-written. The main character has just gone through losing a friend and I feel the author did an amazing job of showing how a child would process this grief.It’s absolutely heartbreaking, but I loved how real it was. I HIGHLY recommend this one!
Fave Young Adult Books
The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt
I talk about this book a lot because I loved it so much! The writing is amazing. The dialogue is SO GOOD. The character’s voice is spot on. I love the dynamic between the main characters. And it’s just a fun escape story that also has a good message to it. So if you want a fun weekend or vacation read, pick this one up!
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This book is really long and a little difficult to read, but it’s worth the effort. It’s narrated by death (which is just so genius I can’t stand it) and will punch you in the gut and leave you sobbing. It’s set in WWII and delves into some really tough subject matter, but it’s one of the most beautiful pieces of literature I’ve ever read.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Like Wonder, this one is probably over-stated. And with the movie, a lot of people have experienced the story. But if you’ve only seen the movie, read the book. It’s just SO good. John Green did brilliant things with this story. Warning (which you know if you’ve seen the movie): it contains brief sexual content (non-descriptive) and some language.
Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
I very rarely read adult fiction, so it took me a long time to finally sit down with this one. I’d heard several people rave about it, but every time I read the back cover blurb, I couldn’t bring myself to start it. Even the first few pages were rough. But after that, I was hooked! I read it in a day (and stayed up WAY past my bedtime to do so). It’s an amazing romance and bonus: it’s totally clean!
A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
Again, I don’t really read adult fiction, so this was tough to start. But I was in a book club that was reading it, so I decided to pick it up and I’m so glad I did. This one makes you feel all sorts of emotions—anger, sadness, joy, laughter—all in the same breath. Man, I love this book!
Motherhood Realized by Power of Moms
This is a collection of blog posts all about motherhood. It’s easy to read—and easy to read in small snippets of time here and there—and just motivates and inspires you to get through the tough parts of motherhood. I recommend this for all moms!
A Simplified Life by Emily Ley
This was a recent read, but I really enjoyed it. A lot of the information I already knew, but it was a great reminder and I loved the way it was set-up. I felt it was easy to follow and she had great checklists of ways to improve your life today in various categories. Plus, it was filled with beautiful pictures, which made it fun and easy to read.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
I read this years ago, but I adored every word. This is the book that I credit for starting me down my path of reading personal development books (which are now probably my favorite). It was fun and interesting and inspirational and motivating. If you want a fun way to view goals or self-improvement, check this one out!
There you have it…my favorite books of all-time!
What are your favorite books? Let me know below and I’ll check them out!