Saturday, September 13, 2014

10 Favourite Books

On facebook I was nominated a couple times to do the 'Readers Challenge' in which you list the ten books, in no particular order, that have most affected you.  I thought this sounded really cool, so I figured I'd do it as a blog post to share with everyone.  I definitely recommend you check out these books, and share your favourite books with others as well!

Each of these books have a special place in my heart, have helped me grow, and have taught me so much.  I've included a little blurb about each one, but you can click the images to read more about them!  If you have any book recommendations for me, let me know :)  At some point maybe I'll make a post about all the books I still want to read... there's quite a few.

#1 - My Maasai Life, by Robin Wiszowaty

I know I said that this list was going to be in no particular order, but this book had to be first haha!  I read it while in the hospital, and it really helped give me something else to think about and look forward to my trip to Kenya.

" her early twenties Robin embarked on an incredible journey that would shake her from complacency, take her to unimaginable places and change her life forever. Follow Robin's remarkable voyage as she joins an impoverished Maasai family in rural Kenya and travels through some of the most remote areas of East Africa. ...Robin's heart-wrenching story will spur you to question your own priorities as she seeks new definitions of home and community."

#2 - Invisible Girls, by Sarah Thebarge

"After nearly dying of breast cancer in her twenties, Sarah Thebarge fled her successful career, her Ivy League education, and a failed relationship, and moved nearly 3,000 miles from the East Coast to Portland, Oregon, hoping to quietly pick up the pieces of her broken life. Instead, a chance encounter on the train with a family of Somali refugees swept her into an adventure that changed all of their lives."

#3 - The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

"Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten."

#4 - A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah

"In A LONG WAY GONE, Beah, now twenty-six years old, tells a riveting story. At the age of twelve, he fled attacking rebels and wandered a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. By thirteen, he’d been picked up by the government army, and Beah, at heart a gentle boy, found that he was capable of truly terrible acts. Eventually released by the army and sent to a UNICEF rehabilitation center, he struggled to regain his humanity and to reenter the world of civilians, who viewed him with fear and suspicion. This is, at last, a story of redemption and hope."

#5 - The Bite of the Mango, by Mariatu Kamara

"As a child in a small rural village in Sierra Leone, Mariatu Kamara lived peacefully surrounded by family and friends. Rumors of rebel attacks were no more than a distant worry.
But when 12-year-old Mariatu set out for a neighboring village, she never arrived. Heavily armed rebel soldiers, many no older than children themselves, attacked and tortured Mariatu. During this brutal act of senseless violence they cut off both her hands."

#6 - Fancy Feet, by Heidi Cave

"In 1998 Heidi Cave was an active young woman looking forward to all the possibilities life had to offer. That all changed when her car was struck by a reckless driver going more than 100km/hr (60 mph), which resulted in a fight for her life. Heidi had a choice to make; was she going to be a victim -- or a survivor?"

#7 - The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown

"In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, "No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough," and to go to bed at night thinking, "Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn't change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.""

#8 - The Ultimate Gift, by Jim Stovall

"The Ultimate Gift takes the reader through Jason's incredible work to gain his Uncle Red's inheritance through a series of challenges. Every step of the way, there is a lesson for Jason and the reader. It's a quest for what it means to live life well that has captivated millions of readers throughout the world, and has also become the basis of numerous educational and philanthropic initiatives that build upon the inspiring insights that unfold in this stirring story."

#9 - In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, by Dr. Gabor Mate

"Dr. Maté, who for twelve years practiced medicine in Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside – North America’s most concentrated area of drug use, begins by telling the stories of his patients, who, in their destitution and uniformly tragic histories, represent one extreme of the addictive spectrum. With his trademark compassion and unflinching narrative eye, he brings to life their ill-fated and mostly misunderstood struggle for relief or escape, through substance use, from the pain that has tormented them since childhood."

#10 - Between Heaven and Earth, by Eric Walters

"DJ thinks of himself as a leader – always out in front, always in charge and able to accomplish anything.  So when he goes to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and scatter his grandfather’s ashes, he is sure it won’t be that difficult – how hard is a bit of hiking?  But DJ finds that it will take everything he’s got to make it to the top – and he’s going to need help."

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