The Blog-tember Challenge: Day 14 | Books that have Impacted my Life

Monday, September 14, 2015

Prompt: The 5 books that have impacted your life the most. 

As the photo above may suggest, and as "cheesy" as this may sound, the book that has changed my life the most, the only book I can genuinely not live without, is the bible. Words literally breathed by God. But for the purposes of this post, I'll share about some other books. :)

The Enormous Turnip by Alexei Tolstoy

You may be thinking.. what? I love reading. I always have. It's been a huge part of my life. For years I wanted to be a writer, and somehow I settled with expressing that love here on my little blog. When I was in first grade I remember reading so ferociously that my teacher wrote on my report card "too much reading!!!!" because she thought I couldn't comprehend what I was reading. A few "AR tests" (anyone remember?) settled that debate.. but anyway, I've always been a reader. The book I mentioned above is the first one that I ever read on my own, in Kindergarten. I remember my teacher sent me down to the principal's office to read it for her. I'll never forget that... yay for a teacher who cheered me on! Another few books I remember changing my life when I was younger? Frindle by Andrew Clements and Riding Freedom by Pam Munos Ryan.. and of course all of the American Girl books. :)

Bittersweet by Shauna Niequest 

“I believe that God is making all things new. I believe that Christ overcame death and that pattern is apparent all through life and history: life from death, water from a stone, redemption from failure, connection from alienation. I believe that suffering is part of the narrative, and that nothing really good gets built when everything's easy.” 

This has been a favorite of mine since college, and anytime I pick it up I read it with new eyes.

Love Does by Bob Goff

I don't love non fiction books. There, I said it. :) This book changed that for me. I read this book in just two sittings, and devoured every word. It's a book about life and God and loving others that has you hooked in to every word and story. It's the very definition of an oldie but a goodie.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond

This book impacted be because when I first got married, I didn't know how to cook at all. I love Ree Drummond, and always will.. and reading her cookbook gave me the confidence to try any recipe and just see what happens. Now I love cooking, and have three full Thanksgiving dinners under my belt. Thank you Ree!

Well, that's only four. But I'd rather not force a last one. There are plenty of books that I LOVE.. but have they genuinely changed my life? Probably not. I will say that the books I've read in the last year and would recommend are Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, The Selection series by Kiera Cass, and The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan.

If you enjoyed today's prompt, you should check out this post on Val Marie Paper's blog.. with a ton of awesome ladies listing their 5 favorite books! I've read a lot of books simply because they were listed on here, and a few of my top books made the list as well!

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  1. FRINDLE!!! Oh man. My best friend and I were talking about that book just yesterday. So great. He wrote another book called The School Story that I 100% should have put on my list for this challenge - it's about a young girl who writes a novel and gets it published. I wanted to BE that girl. And yes for the American Girl books!

  2. I adore Ree Drummond, I'd love to spend a day with her on the ranch cooking and learning from her! Love Does sounds incredibly interesting, I might have to look into reading it soon!

  3. Love Does was a great one. Def inspiring. I have been wanting to read Bittersweet + her other books! I always hear great things.

  4. Ree Drummond is brilliant, I have perused her book as well! Nothing better than a Saturday morning at home watching her show, too :-) I may have to check out Love Does. I honestly have a hard time getting into books, mostly because I don't even know where to start in picking what I will like, so I am going to trust a 'bookie' like yourself's suggestions :-)

  5. YESssss for Shauna Niequist! I love all her books! :) And I really enjoyed Love Does as well!

  6. I'm in the process of reading Love Does right now and I TOTALLY understand all the hype around it. What an inspiring book!

  7. I need to get The Pioneer Woman's cookbook--I just love her!

  8. I loved Bittersweet! I keep hearing about Ree and I am so interested now to pick up the book!! I want to grow in the art of hospitality and cooking, so that may be an awesome resource! I am gonna check out that link for the post on book recommendations… I am always excited to add books to my GoodReads to-read list :)

  9. I loved Bittersweet too!!! I think I dog-eared half of the book ;-)


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