Reading has always been one of my favorite things to do. I used to hide under the covers and in my closet after bedtime with a flashlight so I could continue to read. Well, fast forward a bit to college. When you’re so busy reading textbooks for class, reading in your free time tends to be less enjoyable. Throughout college, the amount of books I read for fun probably was under 20. Now that I have that time again, I’ve been reading again and I love it.
I rounded up some books I’m currently reading as well as some books that I plan to read below.
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman- Love languages are huge, the way that we give and receive love isn’t necessarily the same way our loved ones give and receive love. I remember learning about the different love languages while in a relationships class I took in college. We took the love languages test and no surprise, my love language is quality time. When Austin and I first started dating, I had him take the love languages test and he’s also quality time. It definitely works. The 5 love languages are quality time, words of affirmation, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch. This book is a great read for couples or even for singles. Chapman also wrote different editions for singles, teens etc.
Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian – This is a book that was recommended to me after I got engaged. I’m currently reading books and studying scripture and praying for my heart to be prepared for my marriage. This book has been immensely rewarding to read. Stormie discusses how for many years in her marriage she prayed for her husband to change, and when that didn’t work, she realized that she was the one that needed to be changed. She believes that we pray for our husbands not that they will change, but that they will seek Him. I highly recommend this book for anyone engaged or married!
The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin – This book looks so interesting. Austin and I were reading a Reddit feed the other night about the most chilling things your child has said, and there were numerous parents who posted about their child having mentioned a previous life or knowing about their parents past when they had never been told about it. This book is about a child that tells his mom about his previous life. His behavior becomes more eccentric and one day at school he shares stories of things that happened in his past life and he is referred to a psychiatrist. This book seems like an interesting read.
Behave by Andromeda Roman0-Lax – As someone who has spent years studying child development, I am fascinated to learn and read about past and present development theories. This book is fiction but one of the main characters is John Watson, the founder of the school of behaviorism and the author of a parenting guide in the late 20s that advised parents to stop coddling their children and to stop displaying so much affection towards them or else they will not be prepared for life’s challenges (um, hello, SO wrong.) The other character is his wife who was his research associate and helped him with his research and experiments. Did she agree with all of his beliefs about parenting? How did she feel taking a backseat to her husband’s career? This will probably be my next read. Fascinating.
Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham – I’ve loved Gilmore Girls since I was in elementary school. When Gilmore Girls went on Netflix, all of a sudden everyone my age that hadn’t ever watched it became obsessed with it. I felt like my favorite show ever had been taken away from me at the time (dramatic, I know, but this is my all time favorite show.) But when I found out that because of this renewed interest in the show, Netflix was working on a resurgence. I was beyond excited. This book is by Lauren Graham and I love her so I’ll be reading it. No doubt.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling – I wish that I could actually go to London to see the actual play but I’ll settle for just reading it. This is basically the 8th book. Harry Potter is now an employee of the Ministry of Magic , married to Ginny Weasley, with three children. I’m not sure how I’m going to feel about it being written as a play but I love Harry Potter so I’ll have to read this one. I missed that it was released at the end of July and by the time I found out about it I was too busy and already had too many book commitments to stress about reading it. Eventually.
Do you have any book recommendations?