Monday Listicles – The Books Edition!

I was so excited about this week’s listicle topics – books! I love books so much, libraries and bookstores are sacred places to me so I could not wait to share some of the books I love.

Equally as cool and exciting, the list master Stasha herself is giving me the opportunity to choose next week’s topic! I immediately had 2 ideas.

I still can’t decide between them so pick the one you like or do a combo of both and get crazy with it:

#1 – list 10 things you really like about yourself, things you are good at, your super powers!
#2 – You have 48 hours free of all responsibilities and unlimited cash, what 10 things would you do, places you’d go, etc.

But back to the books, where to even begin? Pick 10 favorites? I can’t choose a favorite child! So I tried this kind of unorganized categories approach. Let’s see how this goes…

1. Favorite kids book – I Love You Stinky Face

No matter what this little boy thinks of, there is nothing he can imagine becoming that would make his mom stop loving and caring for him. I’ve read this to both of my boys, over and over and over.
book cover for I Love You Stinky Face

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2. Favorite book about my home State – The Wheedle on the Needle by Stephen Cosgrove

I loved this book so much when I was little. When my husband visited Seattle with me for the first time a few years ago, I had to school him on the Wheedle and point out his blinking nose when we visited the Space Needle.
book cover The Wheedle On The Needle

3. Great family dramas – Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquirel

An abused young woman falls in love with her sisters husband.
book cover Like Water For Chocolate

and 4. – The House of The Spirits by Isabela Allende

A very long family lineage of secrets, love and pain.
book cover The House Of Spirits

5. Favorite book by a celebrity – Tim Gunn A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style

I’m not big on reading books by famous people but I used to be a huge fan of Project Runway and fell deeply in love with Tim Gunn. His voice in his writing is just as funny, kind and generous as he is on the show and I love his views of timeless, classic style.
book cover Tim Gunn A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style

6. I was a total English geek and really fell in love with Hemingway in high school. My favorite book from HemingwayA Moveable Feast.
book cover A Moveable Feast

7. Favorite book and teacher/author on Buddhism – You Are Here by Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh has written several books on Buddhism, all of them are incredible but I really connected with this one for some reason.
book cover You Are Here

8. Books I just really love – The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

I got on a big Kerouac kick after reading On The Road and read everything by him I could get my hands on. I love this book about his continuing adventures with the poets, wild friends and his quest to be a true bodhisattva.
book cover The Dharma Bums

And 9. March by Geraldine Brooks

This is the story of the absent father from Little Women who goes off to war. It’s a really important book and one of my all time favorites but also one I need a box of tissues to read. The pain and struggle, love and descriptions of war are incredible.
book cover March

10. What I’m currently reading (and love) – Quantum Wellness by Kathy Freston

book cover Quantum Wellness

From the book:

The more we adjust or shift – even in tiny ways – the more we can look forward to sweeping changes showing up in our lives. We can cut one thing out of our diet, add a minute or two of meditation, or turn our attention just for a moment toward kindness, and before we know it we are different people creating a different world.

I can’t wait to find out what other people are reading and what books mean the most to you! Thanks so much for reading and hope you enjoy next week’s listicle as well!

39 thoughts on “Monday Listicles – The Books Edition!

  1. 3 and 4, amazing books. I’m not familiar with the rest of your list, just some of the authors. New things to look for in the bookstore.
    Super powers for next week.

    • Awesome – I can’t wait to learn about your super powers! House of Spirits is so good, I loved “Of Love And Shadows” as well. Thanks for reading Paul!

    • I just started it on Friday but I really like Quantum Wellness so far, I’ve chosen it over t.v. a few times now so that’s pretty good for me 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!

    • That is such a good book, the cover is ripped and some of the pages are pretty messed up but that’s a sign that my son loves it too! One of my favorites kid books to read. Thanks so much Robbie!

  2. What a cool list! I would never have considered the TIm Gunn one but since it was *you* who highly recommended it…! Also I must get the Wheedle on the Needle, too! (-:
    Looking forward to next week’s topic!

    • The Tim Gunn book is also kind of a “just for fun” book but I really like him, it’s a fun one. Wheedle on the Needle about the furry monster who lives on top of the space needle is the best! Thanks so much for reading Ado! Can’t wait to check out your list next week!

  3. That would be my pick for Hemingway too!!! I never read the book but I saw the movie for like Water for Chocolate and loved it.
    Brilliant topics. I am rubbish at making decisions so good luck to me 🙂

    • Do a combo list next week, then you don’t have to decide! Obviously, I couldn’t make a decision either 🙂 Moveable Feast is so good, I may have to go back and re-read sometime soon. I used to love reading Hemingway. Thanks so much Stasha!

  4. Reading these lists is making me think I’m not as well read as I previously thought! Great list and definitely a few on there I will have to check out!

    • Thanks so much for reading Stacey! There are so many great books in the world. This is a great list topic, I love getting to learn about more I have not read from other people too!

    • My husband teases me about the Wheedle but I know it’s real 🙂 Thanks so much Kim, can’t wait to see which list you do next week!

    • I really love that one and hope you enjoy it as well. It’s a beautiful book, Thich Nhat Hanh is wonderful 🙂 Thanks so much for reading Christine!

  5. It’s amazing how many books are out there that I have never read out even heard of. I will check some of these out and add them to my ever growing list.

    • That’s the tricky part – finding the time! It’s seriously a challenge but I do love to read when I get the chance. Kerouac is so great….thanks so much for reading Ducky!

  6. Loved On the Road! Will have to check out that other one too! Can never go wrong with Hemingway either.
    Have been meaning to get to Like Water for Chocolate too.
    so little time, so many great books!

    • I feel the same way, I always wish I had more time to read. On The Road is awesome as well, Kerouac is a favorite for sure. Thanks so much for reading!

    • I hope you love it once you get going on it, Allende is an amazing writer. I can easily get sucked in to her stories and can’t put the book down because I have to know what’s going to happen to one of the characters. Thanks so much for stopping by Lisa, come back anytime 🙂

    • I do love books, I could not think of a good way to pick favorites, I’m glad you enjoyed my list! Thank you so much for reading Jamie!

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