Tuesday Ten!

Tuesday Ten: Book Edition! Since I see at least one “Does anyone have any good book recommendations?” post on my Facebook newsfeed every day, here are some ideas for ya! 🙂

1. The Bible! My mom reads through the Bible every single year, so yesterday I decided I would give it a shot! I have an awesome version that is broken up into an Old Testament reading, a New Testament reading, and a verse from Psalms or Proverbs for every day of the year.  Two days in, and I’m loving it!

2. The Gemma Doyle Trilogy. These books are the coolest.  Do you like history? Do you like strong, smart, female characters? Do you like magic and mystery? This series is for you.  I promise you won’t regret it.  Oh, and by the time you get to book 3, you won’t BELIEVE what happens 😉

3. The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End.  Both of these books follow the lives of people living in the fictional town of Kingsbridge, England during the Middle Ages.  To some of you, that might sound pretty lame. However, I can almost guarantee that you won’t be able to put them down. If I am being honest, I must say I’m partial to World Without End … but if you haven’t read The Pillars of the Earth, a lot of it won’t make sense.  I read World Without End before knowing it was a sequel.  When I finally got around to reading The Pillars of the Earth, I can’t tell you how many “OOOOOOOH!!” moments I had.  So, while both of them are great, do yourself a favor and start with The Pillars of the Earth.

4. The All Souls Trilogy.  I just finally finished the last book – The Book of Life.  This trilogy is full of magic, witches, time travel, and ancient secrets.  I read through the first two books in two days … and then had to wait a year for the third book to come out.  It was completely worth the wait.

5. The Picture of Dorian Gray.  I was so torn while reading this.  It is a weird feeling when you know a character is corrupt and evil .. and yet somehow you keep catching yourself pulling for him.  It’s a fantastic, thought-provoking read.

6. Eat Pray Love. So stereotypical, right? But let’s be serious.  I have not met one person who has read this book that has not been able to relate to it and really feel a connection with the author.  I highly recommend this especially to anyone who has hit a rough patch in their life and is in need of a little positive reinforcement that “everything will be okay!”

7. That Woman. This is my most current read! It is a biography of Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor.  I did not know a thing about her before my mom passed this book along to me, and I am already enthralled with her entire story.  She was a tough, resilient, and independent woman, who eventually won the heart of a King … who eventually abdicated the throne in order to be with her.  It sounds cheesy, but I’m tellin ya, it’s got me hooked!

8. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I ran in to a coworker today who informed me that he has never read any of these books.  Unacceptable, people.  If you haven’t read them either, get yourself to a library (or hop on your Kindle) immediately.

9. The Other Boleyn Girl. Although this whole story is not historically accurate, it sure is fun to read.  It follows Mary & Anne Boleyn in their pursuit of King Henry VIII – through the drama, the court life, the divorces, the beheadings, everything. It’s fabulous.  There are a few more books about his other wives too .. this one is my favorite though!

10. Steve Jobs. Just the fact that Jobs approached Walter Isaacson to write his biography is pretty cool (because he knew that Isaacson wouldn’t be afraid to pull the good and the bad in to the story).  It is an amazing look in to the ups and downs of both Apple & Jobs’ personal life.  I was genuinely surprised at how much I enjoyed this book.  Even if you’re not the “biography type”, give this one a shot.

What about you? Do you have any favorite cold weather reads? I’m always looking for suggestions, so drop your favorite books in the comments! I’d love to hear!

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