Great Girls Your Daughter Should Know (Before she reads Twilight) -- This is seriously one of the greatest lists I've ever seen. I read almost all of those books and they made me, in part, the strong woman I am today. I cannot recommend this list enough. <-- previous pinner, couldn't delete such a great comment.

Molly Makes Do: Great Girls Your Daughter Should Know

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second's encounter with God and with eternity. Paul Cohelo, The Alchemist

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"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." - Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


Three Cups of Tea literally changed my life. A nurse turned teacher, turned inspirer of schools across the world is truly a lifelong dream that more people should strive to achieve.

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32 Books that will change your life. (Per Buzzfeed). (Sophie's World & Me Talk Pretty One Day are personal faves). Lots of great ones on this list!

32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

The 25 Books Every Kid Should Have on Their Bookshelf [Many titles I remember from my childhood, and a few great ones to check out for the first time with my eight year old daughter.]

The 25 Books Every Kid Should Have on Their Bookshelf

{Little House on the Prairie Unit Study} There is some great book discussion going on in the Parent Watercooler about books between @Tiffany Dahle and @Rowena Murillo . @Deb Chitwood @ LivingMontessoriNow posted an amazing unit study for the collection a while back that I bookmarked. I just had to share. I am so excited to do/read this with my girls.

Little House on the Prairie Unit Study

A great story told from the perspective of a disgruntled elderly gentleman who relives his finer days of youth in moments of senility at his nursing home. Gives a great perspective of a traveling circus in the depression era.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

The 20 Most Iconic Book Covers Ever

If you are a dreamer, come in, If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer..... If you're a pretender, come sit by my fire For we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in! -Invitation by Shel Silverstein

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Another great book about strong women overcoming the struggles of life...

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The Kite Runner. Great book. Especially interesting to read while in Afghanistan and be able to make culture comparisons and connections.

The Kite Runner

The book is easily a thousand a million times better than the movie. It is one of the best books I have ever read!

The Help (Hardcover)

Memoirs of A Geisha (2005)

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Scholastic's Parent & Child magazine recently named the delightful Charlotte's Web #1 on their list of 100 Great Books for Kids. Go to and see how many you have read. (I love it that Frog And Toad Are Friends is near the top!)

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The Fault in Our Stars (2014) staring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Laura Dern

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

Read this book years ago and I can still remember the feelings from the story!! Great book

She's Come Undone

Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: we had given him nothing, and it made me sad. (harper lee, to kill a mockingbird)

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment $9.25

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Spirit Junkie

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By Anne Lamott Her realness is unmatched. Love this author. She challenges my faith.

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I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it. — Anne Lamott

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“I have a lot of faith. But I am also afraid a lot, and have no real certainty about anything. I remembered something Father Tom had told me--that the opposite of faith is not doubt, but certainty. Certainty is missing the point entirely. Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns.” ― Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

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Anne Lamott is such a good writer.

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