Before I had my son I was a very avid reader. Ever since I could remember I was always reading books. Whenever we would go on vacation I would check out as many books the library would let me take (most of the time our family vacations were 2-3 weeks traveling in an RV). When I was a freshman in high school I got really into reading about the Holocaust. I read as many books as I could get my hands on. Including one of my English teachers letting me borrow her personal books to read about the subject. A lot of people have no idea that this topic is super intriguing to me. A lot of people ask me why I am so obsessed with it and honestly I have no idea. I think a lot of it has to do with the stories behind the people and how the human mind is a very powerful thing. A lot of times the mind can either make you or break you. All of the survivor stories shows just how much people can go through and can over come. I even took a semester class in college about the Holocaust. If you want a great book about one of the death camps that people actually escaped from check out Escape from Sobibor: The Heroic Story of the Jews Who Escaped from a Nazi Death Camp. I will say that after reading and studying about this so much I definitely had to take a break from reading these types of books.
After college I did not read as much as did when I was younger but whenever there was a good series that a lot of people were talking about I would usually check it out. Now that my little guys is almost 3 it is getting easier for me to pick up a book and read through it. When he was younger I only found myself reading parenting books. I do read some books just for fun but not as many anymore. Most of the books that I read today, however, tend to be more motivational and inspiring. I have been reading more about relationships and learning about how the way you speak to yourself matters a great deal with how your life turns out. I don’t know if this is sort of my version of a mid life crisis since I will be turning 30 this year and feel like I am no where close to where I thought I was going to be at this age. My life has definitely taken some different twists and turns that I did not expect or plan for. So for now, reading some books and trying to learn to be ok with where I am now and figure out what I really want out of my life is where I find myself.
Some of the motivational and inspiring books I have really enjoyed are:
Some of the books for moms that I have been reading now that I have a very strong willed toddler include:
–Jo Frost’s Confident Toddler Care: The Ultimate Guide to the Toddler Years
–Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules: Your 5-Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior
– What Every Mom Needs by Elisa Morgan and Carol Kuykendall (This one is really good for stay at home moms)
Reading is something that not only helps us learn about different things but also learn about ourselves. It can provide you with the information you need within that moment or help to provide you with an escape from your every day world. When you are reading these types of books in order to improve different aspects of your life it is very important to remember that doing some of the stuff and really putting into practice what you have read is crucial. Nothing is going to change unless you do. These books just might bring to light something that you may not have thought of or something that is just so out there that you have to try it to believe it.
What are some of your favorite books?