My relevant reads…

A Prayer for Owen Meany…by John Irving                                                                             This book has a unique style of writing, it has an ever so intriguing plot yet funny and very well crafted. I connected to its characters and Owen Meany is unforgettable, so fragile yet strong and resilient. A exquisite read!

A Return to Love…by Marianne Williamson                                                                          “The way of the miracle-worker is to see human behavior as one of two things: either love or a call for love.”

Angelas’s Ashes…by Frank McCourt                                                                                           A sad account of the horrors of poverty and vice set in 1930’s Ireland, Angel’s Ashes is a true story of a tragedy ridden family who endures much suffering through various trials and tribulations.

Beloved…by Toni Morrison
Set in an American southern plantation during slavery, where a mother does the unimaginable to keep her child from being a slave. Riveting story of motherhood and redemption.

Blanca Olmedo…by Lucila Gamero                                                                      

A beautiful love story set in the 1900’s between a governess and a gentleman.

Blink…by Malcolm Gladwell

Cipotes…by Ramón Amaya Amador

Life is unfair, very unfair!

Christianity Light…by Glen Berteau

Saying you’re a Christian has nothing to do with actually being one.

Crónica de una Muerte Anunciada…by Gabriel García Márquez

Everybody knew Santiago was going to die except him. We live a life were others know things about us that we are not aware of. Talk about third-person perspective!

East of Eden…by John Steinbeck

“I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.”

Eat Pray Love…by Elizabeth Gilbert

“A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake. But to live with a soul mate forever? Nah. Too painful. Soul mates, they come into your life just to reveal another layer of yourself to you, and then (sometimes) leave.”

El Coronel no tiene quien le Escriba…by Gabriel García Márquez

Mantener la dignidad las personas que no se rinden ante las injusticias del poder solo se puede lograr atraves de sus principios inquebrantables.

Find your Strongest Life…by Marcus Buckingham

I am NOT into self-help books anymore (sorry I included this one in my list…probably did it just to prove my point.)

Flowers for Algernon…by Daniel Keyes ★★

Talk about binge reading… this book coins the term! I has a good cry afterwards (it lasted a week…no seriously two days, but still.)

How Strong Women Pray…by Bonnie St.John

God uses hardship and tragedy to grow beautiful lives who bring glory to Him.

I Know this Much is True…by Wally Lamb

This book is about kinship and how to deal with a mentally unstable family member. In this case a twin, and how your sibling’s pain is your own and how you probably suffer more.

I Know why the Caged Bird Sings…by Maya Angelou

Childhood trauma can mark you for life, but you can rewrite your story and change it. I know why the cage bird sing means smiling through pain, a redeemed life through the power of resilience.

“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.” (my kind of motto)

I’m Ok, you’re Ok…by Thomas A. Harris

Another self-help (Yikes!). This one is on human interaction, it doesn’t hurt to read it. If it leaves you something let it be this: A win-win relationship is always easiest but not necessarily the best or the happiest!

In Defense of Food…by Michael Pollan

Organic always beats processed food period

Inside Out…by Larry Crabb ★★★

This book changed my life. This is spiritual therapy no less. It has been and still is a journey to become our best selves according to God. It is NOT a self-help book, I repeat it is Not a self-help book (not the commercial types at least)

Long Walk to Freedom: Nelson Mandela´s Autobiography Vol. 1 & 2

“When we let our lights shine, we unconsciously allow others to do the same” – Mandela

How does one spend 27 years of one’s life in jail and come out a more compassionate person is beyond me.

Joni: An Unforgettable Story…by Joni Eareckson

I will never forget Joni….ever. I read her autobio when I was 18 causing a deep impression in my young, naive, immature mind about disability, pain, resilience, and the power of God’s Spirit in a human being. Joni you are part of my life!

Lolita…by Vladimir Nabokov

Love is to procure the best for those one loves, even if it goes against one’s best interest. This is NOT a love story it is child abuse. Both syntax and semantics are outstanding though.

Love is a Decision…by Gary Smalley

Man´s Search for Meaning…by Viktor Frankl ★★★

Memoirs of a Geisha…by Arthur Golden

Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus…by John Gray

Mere Christianity…by C.S. Lewis

Night…by Elie Wiesel

Open…by Andre Agassi

Outliers…by Malcolm Gladwell

Paula…by Isabel Allende

Roots…by Alex Haley ★★

Slaughterhouse Five…by Kurt Vonnegut

Sophie’s World…by Jostein Gaarder

Stolen Lives…by Malika Oufkir

The Alchemist…by Paulo Coelho

The Art of Hearing Hearbeats…by Jan-Philipp Sendker

The Art of Loving…by Erich Fromm

The Autobiography of Malcolm X…by Alex Haley

The Awakening…by Kate Chopin

The Good Earth…by Pearl S. Buck

The Bell Jar…by Sylvia Plath

The Bible…by God ★★★★★★

The Book of Love: Love Poems…by Andrew M. Greeley

The Bridges of Madison County…by Robert James Waller

The Brothers Karamazov…by Fryodor Dostoevsky ★★★

The Catcher in the Rye…by J.D. Salinger

The Fault in our Stars…by John Green

The Five People you Meet in Heaven…by Mitch Albom

The Glass Castle…by Jeannette Walls

The Goldfinch…by Donna Tartt 

“And just as music is the space between notes and the stars are beautiful because of the space between them… despair struck and created something sublime…”

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter…by Carson McCullers

The Help…by Kathryn Stockett

The Joy Luck Club…by Amy Tan

The Kite Runner…by Khaled Hosseini

The Knight in Rusty Armor…by Robert Fisher  ★★

The Picture of Dorian Gray…by Oscar Wilde

The Pillars of the Earth…by Ken Follet

The Power of a Positive Mom…by Karol Ladd

The Purpose Driven Life…by Rick Warren

The Old Man & the Sea…by Ernest Hemingway

The Road…by Cormac McCarthy

The Shack…by William P. Young

The Tipping Point…by Malcolm Gladwell

The Unbearable Lightness of Being…by Milan Kundera

To Kill a Mockingbird…by Harper Lee ★★

Tuesdays with Morrie…by Mitch Albom

When Breath becomes Air…by Paul Kalanithi 

Life isn’t about avoiding suffering…

Women who Run with Wolves…by Clarissa Pinkola Estes ★★★

This book is an attempt to study the soul of women. If you’re into symbolism and allegory you’ll love this book. I was never the same after I read it! I reread it every 10 years or so.

Under construction…

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader”- Margaret Fuller

“Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history & you read it in your own terms”- Angela Carter

“Think before you speak. Read before you think”- Fran Lebowitz

“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”- Dr. Seuss from book “I Can Read with my Eyes Shut”

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