I’ll re-read a book for one of two reasons: because I love it, or because I need it. This list features a healthy mix of both.
Gottman is the famed researcher who can watch a couple interact for 5 minutes and then predict with 91% accuracy if they'll divorce down the road. Successful marriages have a lot in common, and Gottman shows you how to incorporate these things into your own relationship.
There's nothing revolutionary about his advice: successful couples know each other well. They like each other. They solve their solvable problems. His insights are simple to grasp, if not easy to put into practice.
I like to re-read this book every few years to remind me what we're doing right--and what we maybe could be doing better. And it's fascinating and fun to read.More info →
I resisted reading this one for a long time because I thought the name "Jayber" was ugly. Please don't make that mistake.
This gorgeous novel has an impressive sense of place. It's a book you can see and feel. It's contemplative, beautiful, and sad. It's a book that stays with you.More info →
I read this book for the first time when I was 22, and had no intention of ever homeschooling my someday-children. But the author was my college prof, and when I found out she'd written a book I wanted to read it, whether it addressed rocket science or ancient Persia or homeschooling. But reading this book made me wish I'd been educated this way, and for the first time I considered home education as a possibility for my future children.
Now I'm a homeschooling mom of 4, and I turn to this book again and again to remind me why we're doing it, to help me get unstuck, and to encourage me to keep it up.More info →
What books do you read over and over again?
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