I don’t know if you are like me, but I am always looking for a good read.  I listen to most books these days (when I’m driving, working out, cleaning) on audible.  Lately I find myself reading books off of my bookclub list, spiritual books, business type books, and thrillers.  I’m really not into science fiction and I hope I don’t offend people when I say I’m not a huge Harry Potter, Twilight, or 50 Shades type of reader.  Sometimes I find books by looking at Dave’s audible downloads.  I decided to blog about a few of my latest favorites (the Gladwell books I liked so much that I have recently listened to them again). 

Those Who Are Looking For An Uplifting, Spiritual Book

Resisting Happiness (Matthew Kelly)

This is the best book on my list! Our church’s Knights of Columbus gives out 2 free books per year to the parishioners. The particular week they were giving out this book, Christa and I were out of town. Our friend Lindsey knew this and tried to “sneak” one for each of us, but was told, “sorry, one per family”. Lindsey decided the book was so good that she was going to order us (and a few others) a copy. I’m SO GLAD SHE DID!!! Resisting Happiness is a short (but powerful) book that examines what we are doing to sabotage ourselves from being happy. It’s a quick read, but I recommend reading a few pages at a time so that you can reflect on the message being conveyed. I loved the book so much that I ordered copies to give out to my family (they are $3.00 a book).

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Then there are times when we watch as someone we love, against the advice of everyone in his or her inner circle, does something monumentally stupid. We wonder to ourselves, “Why would anybody do something so stupid?” The answer is universal and disarmingly simple: People do stupid things because they mistaking believe those stupid things will make them happy”.

“The lesson I learned was that someone can look perfectly fine, but you never know what is going on inside- and everyone has something going on inside.”

“Life is messy.”

“Jesus invites us to “take up (our) cross daily’ (Luke 9:23). And some days we are called to take up someone else’s cross also, so he can catch his breath, have a short rest, or simply have his faith in the goodness of humanity restored”.

Here is the link to order the book: Dynamic Catholics.com

For Those Looking For A “Feel Good Read”

A Man Called Ove (Fredrik Backman)

This one was suggested by my book club. I will admit that the first few chapters started slow, but then it was like, “what…what”…this is really good. It is about a grumpy old man who is planning on killing himself, but he becomes too busy when an “interesting” young family moves in next door. You know it is a good book since they made a movie after it (I heard the book was better than the movie).

For Those Looking For An Interesting Read (Non-Fiction) That You Can Apply To Your Life

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Outliers: The Story of Success, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (Malcolm Gladwell)

I love Malcolm Gladwell! You will not be disappointed by any of these three books! Malcolm Gladwell writes about the unexpected implications of research in the social sciences. If you are going to stick your kids in front of a tv, Gladwell tells you why you should put them in front of Blues Clues or Sesame Street (Tipping Point). If you want to know know why a disproportionate number of Professional Canadian Hockey players are born in the first few months of the year (Outliers) or which of your doctors will probably be sued (Blink), then you should check out these books!

For Those Who Are Jennifer Weiner Fans

Hungry Heart: Adventures In Life, Love, and Writing (Jennifer Weiner)

From the author of Good in Bed and In Her Shoes, Jennifer Weiner’s autobiography is funny, interesting, and inspiring. She talks about growing up in a privileged family that turned into dysfunction after her father abandoned them and got hooked on drugs. The book has comical elements interwoven with serious, poignant lessons.

For Those Looking for a Fun, Beach Read

Party Girl, Sweet Girl, Smart Girl (Rachel Hollis) 

A couple of years ago Christa and I went to a blogging conference in Utah. One night we ended up talking to a lifestyle blogger and author at the bar. We went to her session the next day and really appreciated her candor. She wrote a series of three books with connecting characters. If you are looking for a fun, light hearted read, these are great. I like that the main characters are innocent and not overly sexual. The first book was based on her own life as an event planner to the stars, but is written in a way that is sweet, not pretentious.

For Those Who Like Suspense

Behind Closed Doors (B.A. Paris) , You, Hidden Bodies (Caroline Kepnes)

These are all good books. Behind Closed Doors, by B.A. Paris, is about a couple that “appears” to perfect. When readers get a peak into the truth, it leads them down a suspenseful trail. You and Hidden Bodies (psychological thrillers written by Caroline Kepnes) is a little more disturbing. You is about a guy named Joe who starts dating the girl he was stalking (she didn’t know he was stalking her). The sequel, Hidden Bodies, continues the story of Joe. I will say that most of the people I know who read You either LOVED it or HATED it (Christa did not like it at all).

So, there you have it. Some of my recent favorite books. What have you read recently that you love? We are always looking for new books! Maybe we will start a genre posts where people can tell us there favorite books based on different genres!

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