The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
I read this book multiple times as a teenager, and it really helped me get through the turbulent teen years when I found myself slipping into depression or feeling sorry for myself. It made me see that we really do have control over our thoughts and how we view our lives. I loved the real-life stories -- so inspirational -- and the practical advice in the book. I think that everyone should read this book, no matter their age.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
I’ve read a lot of books about writing, but this one really stuck with me. This is the only Stephen King book I’ve ever read, but I’ve always been fascinated by his success and his ability to create stories that capture people’s imagination. This book is part memoir, part how-to, and I really enjoyed both parts -- Stephen King’s personal story, as well as his advice for writing (no adverbs!). Even if you don’t read or write in King’s genre, this book contains valuable advice and inspiration to keep writing!
Married to Bhutan by Linda Leaming
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
My dream has always been to travel more internationally and perhaps live in a foreign country. There’s just so much to learn, and I love reading about cultures that are different from my own. So, I was really inspired by Married to Bhutan and Eat Pray Love because they’re both written by women who learned more about themselves and what they really value in life from spending time in other countries and being open to new experiences and ways of living and thinking.
What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel
Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care by Benjamin Spock, M.D.
When I was pregnant and then parenting babies, these two books were my Bibles! I loved following my monthly progress through my pregnancies in What to Expect When You’re Expecting. And I was always looking up any strange symptom I had to be sure that it was “normal.” When my kids were young, I turned to Dr. Spock because that’s what my mother used! My boys were particularly difficult at age 4, and Dr. Spock reassured me that this didn't mean my boys were going to be little terrors forever (and he was right!).
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