The three books you need to read before the end of 2017

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I’ve read some incredible books this year (and some I’ve already completely forgotten about). Since we are now in the final stretch of 2017 (gah!), I figured I’d share a few of my favorites. Happy reading, sweet friends!

The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

Here’s an overview from Amazon:
In her latest book, The Universe Has Your Back, New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security, and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish the need to control so they can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom. Readers will learn to stop chasing life and truly live.

Making the shift from fear to faith will give readers a sense of power in a world that all too often makes them feel utterly powerless. When the tragedies of the world seem overwhelming, this book will help guide them back to their true power.

When readers follow this path, they’ll begin to feel a swell of energy move through them. They will find strength when they are down, synchronicity and support when they’re lost, safety in the face of uncertainty, and joy when they are otherwise in pain. Follow the secrets revealed in this book to unleash the presence of your power and know always that The Universe Has Your Back.

My thoughts:
I think about this self-help book often. And in the midst of an incredibly daunting infertility journey, this is the book I keep returning to when I need a healthy dose of reality and a firm kick in the pants. Even when it doesn’t always feel that way, the universe doesn’t leave us stranded, which is why it’s important to visualize life goals and throw shit out to the universe like confetti. I’ve started doing that because of this book and I have learned to recognize the signs the universe leaves for me. They’re comforting and there when I need them most.

For anyone struggling with anxiety, this is an incredibly powerful book to read because it teaches simple lessons to shift your thinking away from fear-based impulses. Click here for a full review and my sign from the universe.

Everything Changes by Jonathon Tropper

From Amazon:
To all appearances, Zachary King is a man with luck on his side. A steady, well-paying job, a rent-free Manhattan apartment, and Hope, his stunning, blue-blooded fiancée: smart, sexy, and completely out of his league. But as the wedding day looms, Zack finds himself haunted by the memory of his best friend, Rael, killed in a car wreck two years earlier–and by his increasingly complicated feelings for Tamara, the beautiful widow Rael left behind. 

Then Norm–Zack’s freewheeling, Viagra-popping father–resurfaces after a twenty-year absence, looking to make amends. Norm’s overbearing, often outrageous efforts to reestablish ties with his sons infuriate Zack, and yet, despite twenty years of bad blood, he finds something compelling in his father’s maniacal determination to transform his own life. Inspired by Norm, Zack boldly attempts to make some changes of his own, and the results are instantly calamitous. Soon fists are flying, his love life is a shambles, and his once carefully structured existence is spinning hopelessly out of control.

Charged with intelligence and razor sharp wit, Everything Changes is at once hilarious, moving, sexy, and wise–a work of transcendent storytelling from an exciting new talent.

My thoughts:
I have loved Jonathon Tropper’s writing ever since I sunk my eyes into This is Where I Leave You (the movie isn’t nearly as good, sadly). Everything about that book resonated with me, and though admittedly I liked it just a hair more than Everything Changes (perhaps due to the neurotic Jewish family thread that reminded me so much of my own), Everything Changes is beautiful, heartwarming, funny, sad, and life affirming. Tropper has a way of making you really THINK about life and relationships and the deeper meaning of it all. Also Norm is a deeply flawed but incredibly lovable individual. Highly recommend this one.

The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond

Here’s a brief overview from Amazon:
Newlyweds Alice and Jake are a picture-perfect couple. Alice, once a singer in a well-known rock band, is now a successful lawyer. Jake is a partner in an up-and-coming psychology practice. Their life together holds endless possibilities. After receiving an enticing wedding gift from one of Alice’s prominent clients, they decide to join an exclusive and mysterious group known only as The Pact.

The goal of The Pact seems simple: to keep marriages happy and intact. And most of its rules make sense. Always answer the phone when your spouse calls. Exchange thoughtful gifts monthly. Plan a trip together once per quarter…

Never mention The Pact to anyone.

Alice and Jake are initially seduced by the glamorous parties, the sense of community, their widening social circle of like-minded couples.

And then one of them breaks the rules.

The young lovers are about to discover that for adherents to The Pact, membership, like marriage, is for life. And The Pact will go to any lengths to enforce that rule.

For Jake and Alice, the marriage of their dreams is about to become their worst nightmare.

My thoughts:
Part psychological thriller, part Gone Girl suspense novel, this book offers weird twists and holy-shit-what-the-fuckery moments. I loved how page-turning it was, from beginning to end, and that it kept me guessing. This was my first read from the author, and though her storytelling definitely reminded me a bit of Gillian Flynn, it wasn’t nearly as vomit-inducing (LOL). If you love a good romance/suspenseful novel, this is definitely a book for you!

What are you reading lately? And what should I pick up before the end of the year?

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17 Comments… add one
Beth December 18, 2017, 11:15 AM

Adding all of these to my list ASAP. They sound like seriously great reads! I really think The Universe Has Your Back would be a good one for anxiety for sure. And I liked This Is Where I Leave You so I’ll have to check out Everything Changes!

Courtney A. Casto December 18, 2017, 11:27 AM

Anxiety has been a near constant companion recently. I just might have to go pick up Gabrielle’s book!

Have you read Hunger by Roxane Gay? It was by far the best book I read this year. I love memoirs and hearing about people’s journeys. There is always so much I can learn from other people’s experiences.

Kim December 18, 2017, 11:33 AM

I have never heard of any of these but Im going to put them on my to read list right now! Its been a while since I have read the self help type of book, lord knows I could use some of that right about now! LOL . Thanks for the recommendations love! Sending hugs! Have a wonderful week!

Lindsay December 18, 2017, 11:41 AM

Yes!! To all of these. The Marriage Pact looks AWESOME and I may have to grab that once I finish my current and next up book. 🙂

ShootingStarsMag December 18, 2017, 12:11 PM

I’m so curious about The Marriage Pact -I actually first heard about it from you!! I’m also a big fan of self-help type of books. I don’t think I really read many of them this year.


Jeanica CP December 18, 2017, 12:25 PM

Im not a book worm but this article made me want to read. Thank you! 🙂

Amber|Pen and Parent December 18, 2017, 1:06 PM

The Universe Has Your Back seems like an incredible book. I struggled with infertility for years so I know what anxiety and fear is like. My heart goes out to anyone struggling with infertility issues. Thanks for some great book recommendations!

Akaleistar December 18, 2017, 1:48 PM

I haven’t read any of these, so I need to add them to my TBR list!

Rose December 18, 2017, 2:31 PM

Love these recommendations! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Brit December 18, 2017, 3:34 PM

Awesome post and book selections! I’ll be sure to check these three books out myself. I really enjoy how you structured this post with Amazon overviews and your thoughts without giving away too much. Fantastic!

Sheryl December 18, 2017, 9:24 PM

Thanks for the recommendations! I read Gabby’s book earlier in the year but I haven’t read the others and am going to set aside some time to read one of them over the next few weeks!

Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries December 19, 2017, 12:02 AM

I’ve been so bad about reading this year, so much so that my goal next year is to read at least 4 books. I miss reading!! And I second your Jonathan Tropper recommendation. He’s such a great author!

Rawlings sunday December 20, 2017, 8:15 AM

Am a lover of books mostly self-help books that helps growth in every area of one’s life. I will work on getting the book. Thanks.

Tamara December 21, 2017, 10:15 PM

Woohoo! I’m two for three here. Not bad. I can’t wait to sink into some new books during the holidays.

Nicole December 23, 2017, 4:07 PM

Thank you for the excellent book suggestions, I will be adding them to my Kindle queue shortly!

San January 2, 2018, 5:33 PM

Thank you for the recommendations! I always love putting new books on my to-read list 🙂

Angela February 13, 2018, 1:34 AM

I’ve heard great things about The Universe Has Your Back!

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