My Favorite Books I Could Read Over and Over Again

Nov 30, 2022WELL-BEING

I escaped into my favorite books as a child. The sensation of turning each page transported me to a happier existence. I was a voracious reader. My sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Hawkins, once sent a concerning note home. It read, “Julie is clearly exhausted. I’m worried she’s staying up all night reading.” She was onto me, the compulsive little bibliophile escaping her volatile reality, armed with a book and flashlight under the sheets.

One of my favorite things to do is read with my son. We curl up together with our favorite books, sometimes reading aloud. I feel cloaked in solace as I watch his eyes scan the pages. Venturing together into abstract worlds rich with emotional imagery is the ultimate meditation.

Studies show creating a robust reading habit can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, prevent cognitive decline and enhance overall well-being. Seems like a good enough reason to dive into one of my favorite books, don’t you think? Reading each of these was like a dose of medicine to me.

Favorite Books, I'm Glad My Mom Died - Julie Pedraza

I’m Glad My Mom Died is the story of a child star enduring and healing from parental abuse. If you like dark humor, you’ll love this one.

Goodreads Rating: 4.6

Favorite Books, Born a Crime - Julie Pedraza

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous boy breaking the cycle of poverty and abuse in apartheid South Africa.

Goodreads Rating: 4.5

Favorite Books, Educated - Julie Pedraza

Educated is a story about how severing dysfunctional ties and viewing life through an educated lens can change your trajectory.

Goodreads Rating: 4.5

Favorite Books, Where the Crawdads Sing - Julie Pedraza

Where the Crawdads Sing is the story of a wild young girl coming of age, loving two men and the haunting mystery that follows.

Goodreads Rating: 4.4

Favorite Books, A Thousand Splendid Suns - Julie Pedraza

A Thousand Splendid Suns is the story of an unlikely bond between two women who endure brutality under Taliban rule.

Goodreads Rating: 4.4

Favorite Books, Broken Horses - Julie Pedraza

Broken Horses is the story of a girl’s dysfunctional childhood, struggle with homosexuality and religion, and epic rise to stardom.

Goodreads Rating: 4.4

Book, We Were the Lucky Ones - Julie Pedraza

We Were the Lucky Ones is the story of three generations of a Polish Jewish family and their will to survive WWII.

Goodreads Rating: 4.4

Book, Before We Were Yours - Julie Pedraza

Before We Were Yours is the story of a Memphis adoption agency who kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families.

Goodreads Rating: 4.4

Book, When Breath Becomes Air - Julie Pedraza

When Breath Becomes Air is the story of facing death when you’re the patient and a doctor—and the brilliant writer who became both.

Goodreads Rating: 4.4

Book, The Great Alone - Julie Pedraza

The Great Alone is a daring and beautiful story in 1974 Alaska about love and loss and the ultimate test of survival.

Goodreads Rating: 4.4

Book, American Dirt - Julie Pedraza

American Dirt is the story of a mother and her young son fleeing a Mexican cartel via their treacherous migration to the United States. 

Goodreads Rating: 4.4

Book, A Man Called Ove - Julie Pedraza

A Man Called Ove is the story of a delightfully grumpy old man with an unswerving conviction about how the world should be.

Goodreads Rating: 4.4

Book, Man's Search for Meaning - Julie Pedraza

Man’s Search for Meaning is the story of surviving the Holocaust, coping and finding meaning in suffering and moving forward with renewed purpose.

Goodreads Rating: 4.4 

Book, Night by Elie Wiesel - Julie Pedraza

Night is Elie Wiesel’s testimony to what happened at Auschwitz and Buchenwald and why the Holocaust horror must never be allowed to happen again.

Goodreads Rating: 4.4

Book, The Kite Runner - Julie Pedraza

The Kite Runner is set in 1970s Afghanistan. It’s a tale of life shattering tragedy, friendship, love and the healing power of redemption.

Goodreads Rating: 4.3

Book, The Alice Network - Julie Pedraza

A story of courage and redemption, The Alice Network is the story of two women brought together on a mission to find the truth no matter where it leads.  

Goodreads Rating: 4.3

Book, The Glass Castle - Julie Pedraza

The Glass Castle is about the unconditional love of a flawed family that gave the author the determination to create a successful life on her own terms.

Goodreads Rating: 4.3

Book, Hollywood Park - Julie Pedraza

Hollywood Park is the story of a childhood wrought with emotional abuse and trauma that leads to Stanford University and becoming a famous author and musician.

Goodreads Rating: 4.3

“Books are the most vital, intimate, personal, mind-altering, thought-twisting, friend-giving, empathy-strengthening, thrill-riding, emotional, world-shaking technology we will ever have. And in a world where we are increasingly connected via technology, but disconnected by society, books and stories can be the glue that bonds us.”

—Matt Haig

You can read more in-depth descriptions of each of my favorite books on Goodreads. I encourage you to download the Libby app for convenient and free book reading or listening. Now, go treat yourself to some literally goodness today. 

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