If you read my blog, then chances are you read books too. I recently became an avid reader and it’s safe to say I’m a bookworm. I’m passionate about reading and I tend to enjoy shopping for books more than I do for clothes; I cannot walk past a bookstore without going in. There are so many good books out there, sometimes it’s hard to choose one; hence my question this week. 

Question: What’s The Best Book You’ve Ever Read?

My response: Without hesitation, it is a book that was recommended by Andy back in 2015—The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer. It was an absolutely life-changing book for me; I read it twice and will definitely read it again. My runner-up is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. 

How about you?

Comment below and share your thoughts.

Thank you for reading.

Smile! Life is better when you’re laughing.

Love, Candace

28 Replies to “What’s The Best Book You’ve Ever Read?”

  1. I used to be a bookworm until life got really busy and left me little time to read. I have started reading again and now have made it a discipline. Like you I love book stores. I enjoyed reading ” The white tiger” by Aravind Adiga. Will try out the book you’ve mentioned.

  2. As much as I enjoy reading blogs, I’ve never had much interest in reading books. Every once in a while, I find one that catches my interest though. My favorite was probably one that I read last year while I was in school at Golf Academy. It was Every Shot Must Have a Purpose by Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott with Ron Sirak. It’s a golf book, but the things in the book very much apply to real life. Probably my favorite thing about golf is the life lessons it teaches, whether people really realize that or not. This book discussed the importance of paying attention to details and being fully committed to everything you do. If you aren’t committed fully and doing things purposefully, then your odds of succeeding decrease. It also pointed out that, if you’re able to make a birdie on every hole on a golf course at some point in your life, then, although no one has done this before, in theory, it is possible to make a birdie on every single hole in the same round. The lesson that teaches is that you should dream big, work hard to do your best at all times, and realize that, although things don’t always go as planned, there is a chance that you can always be successful. Failure is part of life, but, if you have a list 18 tasks, and all 18 of them are things you have successfully completed at one time or another, then you are capable of completing all of them consecutively. It may not happen, but you have the ability to do it. I let a friend borrow that book when I finished it, and now that I’m thinking about it, I need to get it back and read it again. haha I love the positivity and the motivational message in that book. 🙂

    1. That’s awesome Danny. Sounds like a great read.
      There’s so much discipline involved in playing a sport. It’s a form of personal development. I guess it applies for anything in life that we do consistently and excel in—we learn some valuable and very applicable life lessons. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  3. “You Are the Team—6 Simple Ways Teammates Can Go from Good to Great” by Michael Rogers.

    Traditionally, books written about teams have focused on helping leaders improve teamwork. “You Are the Team” is focused on helping members of your teams commit to and improve teamwork.

    You Are the Team inspires teammates to:
    •Serve each other
    •Put others and the team first
    •Tell the truth and be transparent
    •Keep commitments
    •Be direct and honest in discussions
    •Take accountability
    •Learn from mistakes
    •Seek honest feedback from teammates
    •Improve personal gratitude
    •Refrain from negativity and gossip
    •Compliment teammates more frequently
    •Celebrate teammates successes
    •Extend more kindness
    •Seek to understand teammates first before reacting
    •Demonstrate greater empathy towards teammates
    •Get it done and then some
    •Improve personal focus on goals
    •Bring solutions, not problems
    •Invest in personal development
    •Inspire and lead

    From the points above, you can see why I love this book. Because every single one of them can be used on a day to day basis in our conversations and relationship with others. So as I read the book, it practically taught me how to work better with other whether in a team or not.

    That brings me to another reason why I love it. It is both engaging and practical. Michael uses a variety of stories to highlight each of the concepts in the book. Introspective questions are at the end of each section to help readers reflect on how they are currently applying the concepts. The end of the book includes an assessment to gauge the overall effectiveness of teammates.

    My runner up would be “A Little Princess” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. I just love the plot!

  4. I’ve always enjoyed reading books and this year I have made it a priority as I have committed to writing full time. My time spent reading is working on my craft and I have kept a list of everything I’ve read this year. I am currently at 46 books for the year; almost a book each week which is more than I had read in many years. It’s hard to choose just one so I’ll say my favorite new-to-me author is Tim Federle. His writing is amazing, full of voice, humor, and heart.

  5. Ah, I can’t imagine a life without books and choosing just one favorite is impossible. The author that changed my life was Feodor Dostoevsky (Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Brothers Karamazov). A more contemporary author whose writing and themes are simply amazing is Robertson Davies, and especially his Deptford Trilogy (consisting of Fifth Business, The Manticore, and World of Wonders). I’ve read each of the books I mentioned multiple times and will surely read each again. Thanks for asking!

  6. What a great question babe. Many books come to mind but one stands out. It’s the war of art by Stephen pressfield, this book has made the greatest impact on my life to date.

  7. Aww, babe am happy to know that the best book you’ve read thus far was one that I recommended to you. Untethered soul was definitely a life changing book.

  8. “God on a Harley” – I have no clue who wrote it. I belonged to a book club back in the 70’s and this one caught my eye. I LOVED IT! It was about a nurse that was just worn out from life in general. She had become very angry and depressed and contemplated suicide. She stopped off at a bar one evening after work and met a biker. Later you find that the biker is God. It was marvelously written. A short little book that I wish I still had (or could at least find) now. If you ever do find it – READ IT! It will give you a whole new perspective on the meaning of life and our purpose here.

  9. I have to give The Untethered Soul a go, haven’t heard of this one yet! And I totally get you, I love to shop books way more then anything else, can’t describe the excitement of holding a new book in my hands! I can’t really say what the best book I’ve ever read is because I have way too many faves, but
    I love Never let me go (and basically anything else Kazuo Ishiguro wrote).
    Rosa xx

  10. Ahhhh I am going to buy ‘Untethered Soul’ NOW! I keep hearing about how great it is…thanks for inspiring me!

    I have a lot of favorites…overall fave is probably ‘Freakonomics’, mostly bc I’m an economics dork lol. Another favorite of mine more in the personal development space is, ‘Ask and it is Given’ by Esther & Jerry Hicks.

  11. I love reading books about people’s life experiences, so some that I really loved were Kite Runner, and the book I’m reading right now, titled The Art of Asking. It was written by Amanda Palmer.

    Not sure if there are any people on here who are also passionate about Mental Health, but Crazy Like Us is probably my favorite book ever. In essence, its about how Americans (in the past) have expected everyone around the world to react to mental illnesses the same way we do, but that’s not the case at all. The author describes various diseases and how they were behaviorally displayed by individuals who had them in different parts of the world. He also talks about how because of Big Pharma, some bigger mental illnesses like the American version of depression have also been brought/ planted in other cultural settings, which is ethically controversial. It’s a great book.

    1. That’s definitely sounds ethically controversial, but quite interesting to dive into.
      The Art of Asking… I saw that the foreword was written by Brene Brown–I enjoy her books so I’ll look into this one. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Looks like I’ll have to pick up “The Untethered Soul” soon. I’ve been reading positive reviews about it.

    As for my list, my favorite has to be “The Secret”. Not because of the Law of Attraction, but because it comes across as a reinforcement of being determinant and positive towards whatever you want. Nothing’s unattainable if you really wish to attain it. “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” by Joseph Murphy is convincing too, and is pretty much on similar lines.

    As for fiction, I recently read “The Gift” by Cecilia Ahern, that I really liked.

    1. Heyyyy Jiji. Oh my, the secret has been sitting on my book shelf for the past year. I feel terrible because I’ve been choosing other books before it. I heard great things about it so I bought it. I think I’ll read it next.
      The Power of Your Subconscious Mind sounds really good too… will check it out.
      Thanks for sharing those 🙂

  13. Some books stand out but none as ‘best’.
    I gobble books voraciously and at last look the ol’ Kindle has a couple of hundred loaded (and still mostly unread).
    Currently re-reading Fawcett’s ‘Exploration Fawcett’ which is a real eye opener (if true?). Books lie scattered about the house and in the car (where Kindle normally lives, it came in yesterday for overnight charging).

    I rarely read fiction but undoubtedly the best in the humour/adventure mix line is Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ works. As a cynic myself I stand in awe of his command of words …

  14. Both of your favorites are also mine. Yesterday I recommended The Alchemist to my 30 year old daughter as she rushed off the phone. The one thing I learned from that book was the important of patience.

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