Ali In Book Wonder

Just a woman that has many books to read and many books to be bought and just to have books. Oh the books that have yet to be read by me!

The Pursuit of Happyness - Chris Gardner Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun - Gretchen Rubin Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious - Chris Stedman Walk in Their Shoes: Can One Person Change the World? - Jim Ziolkowski, Jim Hirsch Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson Little Women - Louisa May Alcott The Nanny Diaries: A Novel - 'Emma Mclaughlin',  'Nicola Kraus' The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Read - William Rabkin

My Top 10 Most Influential Books

These book all have meaning to me in a crazy way!


The five non-fiction books are amazing to read and the fiction is just as amazing also. All these books are a must read if you have not read them!


Starting with:


                                       The Pursuit of Happyness By Chris Gardner 

  I have seen the movie with Will and Jaden Smith and I thought it was really touching. Then I decided to read the book and my heart was full of all emotions. My heart broke at all the terrible things, Mr. Gardner had to suffer. I  salute him for not giving up on his dreams and for being a single dad and finding a way to take care of Chris Jr. 



                                         Eat, Pray, Love By Elizabeth Gilbert

I had read the book, before watching this movie. This book became a little guide for me. I have even highlighted and wrote in this book (I know blasphemy.) But I really enjoyed what Liz had learned. Plus, Richard from Texas was the type of person I would love to have as a friend (sadly he past away.)


                                        The Happiness Project By Gretchen Rubin

This book is also, a fun little guide for me (and yes another blasphemy.) I wrote and highlighted in this book as well. I found this to be helpful on trying to get my life just a little bit better. It is full of fun things that we can try.


                                       Faitheist By Chris Steadman

This is a wonderful insight on how a young man who became a Christian and discovered he is gay and how hard it was for him to come out. Chris went through hell and he came out on top and even though he became an atheist, he broke the mold on how an atheist is suppose to act around religion. Chris works along side with Christian  people with no problem. He is someone that people should look up too. I loved that he stood up for himself and for others no matter who they are.


                                   Walk In Their Shoes By Jim Ziolkowski

With this book it was full of adventure and the need to help people. Jim had started his own non-profit after he quit working for GE. He had little money and little help, but he got some people behind him and built three schools in Africa, Brazil, and India during his first year. He had more help and expanded his non-profit to amazing heights. I enjoyed the hard work that Jim had done and inspired me some how to help people with little things.


                                           Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson

I have to admit that I was a little hesitant to read this book, but once I did I was taking away. I enjoyed every bit of this book, the bravery it took for Melinda to finally speak up and have something done. Melinda is hated when she enter her freshman year, she lost her friends, and became a target for some kind of hate from people who didn't know her. All because they got busted at a party during the summer, which Melinda didn't mean for it to happen. I felt bad for her and my heart broke when she was close to telling, but she backed down. This is a lesson that everyone should learn from.


                                             Little Woman By Louisa May Alcott 

This is my all time favorite book, I love the story and the characters. Each girl had brought something different to the story. The oldest and wises Meg, the tomboy and writer Jo, the sweet and quiet Beth, and the youngest and dramatic Amy. I could see a little of myself in each of them. Marmee is a wonderful mom and she is strong. These girls had been through ups and downs, but in the end there is always happiness in the March family. I want to read this forever


                              The Nanny Diaries By Emma Mclaughin and Nicola Kraus

This story is something that every parent needs to read. I do mean every parent it's the what not to do that they need to focus on. Rather you are a wonderful parent or not, everyone needs to pay attention. This story shows what poor Nan and Grayer have to go through. Mostly Grayer, he was treated like a pawn in his parents never ending game of acting like children themselves. They are the type of people that should not have children. I got pissed during reading, but it showed me on what not to do, if or when I have children of my own. 


                                The Time Traveler's Wife By Audrey Niffenegger

This was a beautiful love story and I could not put it down once I got going. Poor Henry wanting a day without traveling and Claire for worrying about her husband. The fact that these two meet when she was six and he in his late thirties is weird, sweet, and slightly creepy. But, this is still an amazing love story. I just want to read this forever as well, just amazing!


                    Psych "A Mind is A Terrible Thing To Read" By William Rabkin

What a surprising huh? I love this book, and the show. I found myself laughing so hard when I read this book. I found this to be entertaining and to help me find humor in my writing and in real life. Shawn and Gus are an epic duo and are the complete opposite of Sherlock and Dr. Watson. I would love to see these four come together for an epic adventure. With Shawn's amazing "psychic powers" and Gus's amazing smelling nose. They again solve a murder along Lassiter and Juliet, there is so much that can go wrong when Shawn and Gus are around them. I will be sad to see them go, this is Psych's last year so :(


All these books have meaning to them and what I learned from each one of them is priceless! I also have two added bonuses which are:


     P.S. I Love You By Cecelia Ahern 

The sweetest, heartbreaking, and feeling feels book ever!


Where The Heart Is By Billie Letts

For just being the cutest story ever!