Bookshelf Favorites

I have a confession to make: I’m not much of a reader these days… I have been in the past, though! (And definitely should be again in the future) Some of the things I like to read are a bit different than what others enjoy, which makes for a very interesting bookcase. I think you can learn a lot about a person based on what they like to read, and that’s my goal for this post. Also – don’t mind the condition of the books. I love to buy them used at dollar book stores!

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So right off the bat, I should tell you all that yes, I am a Nicholas Sparks fan. I know, I know. His books are generally all the same and they’re kinda cheesy, but WHATEVER. I love them anyway. My favorites are probably The Notebook and The Lucky One. (I’m also a Star Wars fan & I love this BB8 Coin Bank!)

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(Candle from Bath & Body Works)

In another life, I’d like to think that I had the patience to go to college & get a degree, so I could end up a forensic psychologist. But I hated college, so here I am. Regardless, psychology and the mystery that surrounds much of it, fascinates me. I took a few classes when I did go to community college and fell in love with the subject. Sure, it probably comes from the fact that I suffered from a mental disorder myself. Whatever the reason may be, this is one of my favorite subjects to read on.

Sybil – the story of a woman with sixteen different personalities.
The Myth of Sanity – Multiple stories of people who endured tremendous childhood trauma, and how it has affected their adult lives.
Detour: My Bipolar Road Trip in 4-D – This is probably my favorite of the four books above! Lizzie Simon, suffering from bi-polar disorder and longing to connect with others, goes on a road trip to meet and talk with others in her situation.
Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness – Twenty-four year old Susannah seemed to have it all, and then seemed to lost her mind. What it actually was, turned out to be incredibly rare. (I won’t give you any spoilers!)

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Another favorite subject of mine to read on is true crime. Like I mentioned above, I’d like to think in another life I was a forensic psychologist. Forensic meaning I’m interested in the criminal aspect of psychology. Why people do what they do; including horrific crimes. I won’t go too much into detail because I know it can be a bit much for some. I will say that If You Really Loved Me by Ann Rule is one of my favorite stories. It’s about a man who marries a woman, and then convinces his 14 year old daughter to kill that woman. It’s compelling and sad at the same time.

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Finally, a few of my favorite miscellaneous books! All of the Post Secret books. If you don’t know what Post Secret is, click the link and find out, because it’s amazing.

PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives
The World of PostSecret
My Secret: A PostSecret Book
A Lifetime of Secrets: A PostSecret Book

Let’s talk. What are some of your favorite books on your shelves?

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