My All Time Favorite Reads

My All Time Favorite Reads - The Calm Collective

Ever since I bought my Kindle (and it’s cute marble case) I’ve fallen back in love with reading.  I do love the smell of paperback books, and the ability to tuck little notes away into the pages and find them years down the road, or to highlight quotes that stick out to me with an actual highlighter pen (yellow is my go-to) But the truth of the matter is, with the traveling that I do and this new found desire to read 2 books at once (bad habit!) it was becoming a little frustrating to pack multiple books, or even ONE book in my carry on.. when I knew I could easily bring my entire library with me on a plane. And what happens when you’re traveling or nestled up in the perfect spot at your favorite coffee shop and you finish your paperback book, but you want to read another one? Being able to purchase another and have it straight to your Kindle in a matter of seconds is thrilling to me.  So, if you can’t tell, I’m sold.

This is not a sponsored post for Kindle, by the way. Ha.

This post is, however, all about my all time favorite reads and why – you may be surprised by some of them. So here we go:

My All Time Favorite Reads - The Calm Collective


  • Tiny Beautiful Things By Cheryl Strayed. My sister gifted me this beautiful book (she’s so good at gifting life changing books, I’m telling you) and I’ve read it literally six times over, page by page, cover to cover. It is so insanely beautiful. It’s compiled of short little essays in a “Dear Sugar” type format where people’s questions are answered by Cheryl herself, back in her days of anonymity.  I cry every single time, and I laugh sometimes, too. It’s heavy, it’s moving, but most of all – it’s real. We can all relate to one another in some way.  Go get it. Please?
  • Yes Please By Amy Phoeler.  I laughed out loud and so hard so many times at this book.  It was such a fun read and almost gratifying to read it in public – because people couldn’t resist asking what book could be making me laugh that much.  While it was hilarious, it had a lot of really great life lessons to acknowledge as well. (example: be nice and don’t be a people pleaser. It doesn’t work and you’ll be tired)
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. I remember where I was when I finished this book. I was in 4th grade at Gwendolyn Brooks elementary at the library sitting at a farm style table facing a window.  I remember because I was sobbing. This book was the first book to really effect me at such a young age, and I’ve read it multiple times as an adult. If you haven’t read it yet, please don’t waste another second. It’ll take you maybe one day (and a box of tissues)
  • The Next Place by Warren Hanson. If you’re wondering if my sister also gifted me this book, the answer is yes. And if you’re also wondering if it changed my life in some major way, the answer is also yes. Surprising, I know.  This is actually a children’s book – and it was written to explain the nature of death.  She gave me a copy of this book when she found it for her kids as a way to explain to them what had happened to their Papa Jim when my dad passed away a few years ago.  I remember reading it for the first time and amidst the tears, feeling like my dad was hugging me throughout the entire read. Page by page. It healed me in a way I’ll never be able to explain.  I’m so grateful for it. I actually gifted it to two of my friends who recently lost their dad as well. It’s a magical book.
  • Carry On Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton. By the end of the first page of this book, I was hooked. I woke up every single morning an hour earlier just to ensure I had time to myself to read thoroughly, and as much as I possibly could before I had to start my day. Such a powerful, beautiful, hilarious and relatable read. Another book that I attribute to my healing process when it comes to living with/in grief, even though it’s not directly related to that subject at all.  Her writing style is addicting, and she feels like a friend you’ve had for years.  This book came at such an incredible time, since months after finishing it I would need to be the strongest version of myself.

And yes. My sister gave me that book, too. (love you, B)

My All Time Favorite Reads - The Calm Collective


1 Comment

  1. Jessica
    May 18, 2017 / 11:06 AM

    That Amy Poehler quote was just what I needed today. Funny, I read the book but that one didn’t pop out at me at the time. Thanks for sharing!!

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