My Favorite Books That I Couldn’t Get Out Of My Head Long After I Finished Them
It’s no secret that I love books. I would happily spend an entire Saturday reading on my patio. I’m in a book club and I usually read one or two books a month outside of my book club books. While I read a lot, there are some books that have stuck with me long after I’ve read them.
Many times, I forget what a book is about almost immediately after I finish reading it. However, there are some books that have stuck with me for a long time. Many times, I end up buying copies of that book for friends and family because I love it so much. If you’re looking for a meaty book that will stay with you for a while, check out some of my favorites.
Books That Will Stick With You Long After You’ve Read Them
Here are some of my favorite books that have stuck with me long after I’ve read them. In some cases, I have sought out other books by the same author or read more books on the topic as a result of my fascination.
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- I Shall Not Hate, Izzeldin Abuelaish: I promise, this isn’t a political statement book on the Palestine/Israel conflict. This is one man’s story of resilience. The author was actually nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and has spoken all over the world. This book really made me appreciate the strength and resiliency we have as human beings, even if we don’t know we have it. There are some tough parts to read, but overall, this book is about hope, peace and love. I bought copies for my brothers and a few of my clients who I thought would appreciate the theme.
- I Knew You Could, Craig Dorman: I bought this book for my 3 year old train lover but it had me tearing up as I was reading it. While this is technically a children’s book, the message is so positive for anyone going through a challenging time. One of my favorite lines from the book is “The track you took in must also go out. So steady yourself and just keep on going…” I have recommended this book to several people I know and everyone who has bought it has come back and told me how much they love this book. In fact, my son’s elementary school principal emailed me that the book made her tear up and she was planning to buy copies for all of the teachers. It really is that good!
- Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand: I know, I’ve recommended this book several times, but that’s how fantastic I think Unbroken is. Clearly, I have a passion for books that focus on human resiliency. I think part of that comes from the fact that I have to be resilient every day, living with a chronic illness. That being said, this was a unanimous favorite by my book club so it appeals to everyone, not just people who have life challenges (although it is especially inspirational for those of us who do).
- Success Through Stillness, Russell Simmons: I have always been intrigued by mindfulness and meditation but I always thought I am not the type of person to meditate. Every time I tried meditation, about 10 seconds in I started thinking about all of the things I need to do. My mind does not want to be still. This book provides a lot of scientific evidence to the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and Simmons also shares his own experience. While this book hasn’t gotten me to practice meditation 20 minutes a day, two times a day like Simmons recommends, it has made me explore meditation more and try to incorporate it into my life.
- A Tree Grows In Brooklyn: Betty Smith: I enjoyed the overall story in this book, but what made me really appreciate it is reading how different parenting was back then. As a parent living in a time of attachment parenting and helicopter parenting, it was kind of fun to read how much parenting differed back almost a century ago. It made me think how dependent my kids are on me, which, on the one hand is great, but on the other hand, maybe they need a bit of a push. I certainly won’t have them scavenging for scrap on the streets, but maybe they can get their own snacks at 8 and 4.
- Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel: It’s funny that a dystopian novel would stick with me for so long after reading it since I normally don’t like anything science fiction or fantasy. That being said, this book feels like it could happen. It made me think of what would I do if suddenly, we were left with no technology or resources. Every now and then, I think back to this book, which is why it made the list.
- Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time, Brigid Schulte: I have a full review of this book, but I wanted to add this to my list since I continue to go back to messages from this book in my mind when my life gets crazy. It has had a hugely positive impact on my life, and my family’s life as a result. No more over-busy for us!
- The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt: As a parent, this book has made me think about what would happen to my boys if I’m gone. Fortunately, my husband and I put together a plan for the boys long ago, but many of the women in my book club hadn’t and started working on a plan after reading this book. It is a long book and a somewhat difficult read as a parent, but the story was really great.
- Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead: I wanted to read this as soon as I heard about it but got the extra push when it became a recent book club suggestion. All I can say is, wow, what a powerful book. Some parts were tough to read but it really put our country’s early history into perspective. It’s interesting to me especially as a parent since my son is learning about some of the topics in school and many important issues are glossed over. I think every senior in high school should be required to read this book. This was a unanimous win in my book club and led to really interesting discussions on some issues going on in our country today.
I’ve never been one to re-read books since there are so many amazing books to read and just not enough hours in the day. These nine books have really stuck with me though, and if I were to re-read a book, it would definitely be one of these books!
Do you have any books that have stuck with you?