Friday, January 3, 2014

Friday Favs 24

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Happy Friday friends!

On most Fridays, I'm exhausted and counting the minutes until I can catch up on sleep...but the snowstorm hitting the northeast has allowed me to go in to work a few hours late this morning have have a snow day, leaving me rested and refreshed this Friday.

Woohoo!  I might even manage to stay awake until 11 tonight.  Good times.

What will I do with those few extra hours of consciousness on Friday night?  Probably read a book.  I know, I know...I'm wild and crazy!  Try to keep up.

You've probably figured out by now that I have a ton of self-indulgent hobbies-- decorating, DIY'ing, shopping, blog-stalking.  Well, add reading to the list.  And put it near the top.  I've always LOVED to read.  I honestly feel pity for people who don't love it as well, because I feel like they are missing out on one of my favorite things ever.  If you're not a reader....well, we can still be friends.  But I really think you should reconsider!

So this week's favs feature about some my favorite books.  I love them so much I want to share them with all of you.  I'll warn you up front....I read purely for pleasure and as an escape.  Most of my material-of-choice isn't mind-blowingly intellectual.  And I couldn't care less.
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Fav #1
Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner.  I'm actually kind of in love with everything Jennifer Weiner...but Little Earthquakes is my favorite.  The story follows four very different women who share the common bond of being new parents.  Although I've read this book several times, my favorite 'reading' of the book was actually when I listened to it as an audio-book while I spent days scraping wallpaper off the walls of our home.  Audio-books are awesome for long, monotonous household projects like that!  In fact, they make them kind of fun.

Little Earthquakes (Kindle Version)
Little Earthquakes (Print Version)
Little Earthquakes (Audio Version)

Fav #2
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. The book tells the true story of Louie Zamperini--an Olympian-turned-Army-hero who endured an amazing journey in World War II.  OMG.  I am fascinated by stories of struggle and survival and I can't even tell you how much I loved this book.  Read it.  This instant.

Fav #3
Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl.  Ok, I'm sounding sort-of-intellectual with this one, but stories like this just captivate me! Viktor Frankl writes about his experience in a Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust, and explores his purpose and the choices he has even in the midst of a hellish environment.  It is SO GOOD.  I dare you to read it and not learn something about yourself.

Man's Search for Meaning (Print Version)
Man's Search For Meaning (Audio Version)

Fav #4
Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron.  Ok, you've probably figured out by now that I'm an animal-lover, so it's no surprise that I love this book. But I really think that you will too! It tells the true-story of an abandoned cat who finds a home in an Iowa public library and changes the lives of his owner and those who love him.  It's a really sweet story, one that illustrates just how much the animals in our lives mean to us.  

What are your favorite books?!  I'm always looking for something new to read. This list just scratches the surface of my all-time favs, so look for more recommendations in Friday Favs to come.  

Have a great weekend!

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