Blogger Book Fair: Jill of The Goodl Life For Less

Wednesday already? One more day til my vacay! Yippee! Today my girl Jill of The Good Look For Less is sharing her must reads for the book fair. Take it away Jill!

I am a book LOVER (and hoarder... but that's another story!). I also just love to see what other's are reading. I admit to staring a bit too long at the beach or the pool... just to catch the titles of what people are reading! I'm am admittedly a bit nuts about books... they are a way for me to unwind, refresh, reset and zone out.

Here are some of my all time favorites. I keep returning to them.

"Simple Abundance" by Sarah Ban Breathnach
I received this as a gift from my mom in college (or maybe earlier?)... whether you are 18 or 80, there is something for EVERY WOMAN in this book. It is set up so that each month has a theme and each day has a short chapter on that theme. This is probably the second most important book in my life to the Bible. It's inspiration at it's most basic and nurturing form.

The "Twilight" Series by Stephanie Meyer
Hello(!), hot vampires and angsty teens. I am so there. There isn't much to say about these books that you haven't heard already. Except that personally, I love them. I have read all four, but I am just starting to read "New Moon" again in honor of the movie coming out in two agonizingly long months!

"The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne
it is true that I am a sucker for self-help junk. My husband is wondering why he hasn't seen dramatic improvement yet (ha!). But this one is simple and powerful. For that I love it.

"The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield
An incredible novel of finely woven characters. INCREDIBLE, a MUST read!

Anything by Anne Lamott... if you are a mom you should read "Operating Instructions" because you will laugh and cry and then want to stalk Anne so she can be your friend. If you are remotely interested in writing (which I am, undercover though... so don't tell anyone, k?) then "Bird by Bird" is great. In fact it's great even if you aren't into writing. Read it for this small snippet alone: "Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. ... he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's should, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'" Wise. Very wise, I say.

Thanks Jill, for joining in today!


  1. I love this series! And it is fun to see another side of Jill too! The Secret and The Thirteenth Tale have been on my list forever and I loved Twilight. I will have to check out the others too. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Thanks for the book recommendations. I've read The Secret but haven't heard of the others. Have a great day!
    pk @ room remix

  3. Oh I'm so glad she mentioned Simple Abundance because I love Sarah Ban Breathnach! But I personally think that Romancing the Ordinary is better.

  4. Great choices! I heart Twilight, naturally. But I'm also excited to see some books that are new to me in here too. I'll make sure to add them to my list. :)

  5. I LOVE Anne Lamott! She came to do a reading at my university my senior year and I took a group of girlfriends. I had her sign my copy of Bird By Bird and got total starstuck nerves and was majorly awkward. I still get teased about freezing up in front of Anne Lamott.

  6. The Twilight saga is my favorite! Black by Ted Dekkar is also really good - have you read it?

  7. Thirteenth Tale is one of my all time favorites... love it! I'll have to look into Anne Lamott, I've not read any of hers. Great list Jill!