8 Books That Have Stuck With Me

I have seen numerous people post on Facebook about their top books, so I thought I would devote this #2014BloggerChallenge post about that! I have really been getting into reading lately, so I have books on my mind!

8 Books

1. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

I love vampire books and this was an awesome one. It’s long but a very intriguing read. It is based on the idea that Dracula is still alive and well, and people are searching for him. It’s very historical and is set in Europe back when some of the Eastern European countries were under communist rule.

2. The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

This is another dangerous book for someone like me, just because it is about travel. Weiner, a former NPR correspondent, travels to the happiest places in the world to research happiness. He has lots of interesting and thought-provoking ideas and you get a peek into the cultures of several different countries.

3. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

I’m pretty sure no one has ever really heard of this book, but it’s an interesting read. It took a bit to get into but it was worth the wait. It’s a kind of ghost story with a twist. It’s also set in London, so that’s a plus!

4. The Strain Trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

These are some of the scariest books I have ever read, and I’m not kidding. It’s another vampire story that has a very scientific component to make it even more believable. The way it is written is perfect for a movie. Now it is actually a TV series, but so far, it hasn’t lived up to the book, in my opinion!

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I know this is way too popular to put on my list, but it was a really well-written book, and in my opinion, belongs in the adult section instead of the young adult section. It’s an easy read but has lots of dark moments.

6. Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer

Yes, this was a guilty pleasure of mine. No, it was not the greatest piece of literature ever written, but every once in awhile, it’s nice to read something that’s not so deep.

7. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I read this several years ago but it is yet another nonfiction travel book that makes me want to travel. I also like the soul-searching part of it.

8. Travels by Michael Crichton

This is actually the only Michael Crichton book I’ve read and it is probably one of his least popular ones, but I loved it. He discusses his time in medical school and the time he spent traveling and researching/exploring things like chakras and psychics. It was definitely an interesting and eye-opening read!


I have always wanted to belong to a book club but have never done that. I recently heard about a friend’s book club in another city and so wish I could start one here! According to Meetups.com, there is a book club in my area but they typically meet on days that don’t work for me, so I am thinking about starting my own. I am hoping to make it doable for other moms like me who don’t have a lot of time to read but would like to start or keep reading. Any tips?







  1. Thanks for sharing your 8 books. The books that rose to the surface of my memory are, in no particular order: Future Shock (Alvin Toffler), The Art of Racing in the Rain (Garth Stein), Cutting for Stone (Abraham Verghese), Mind Over Mind (Chris Burdik), Callings (Gregg Levoy), Good Night Henry (Jennifer Olds), The HeartMath Solution and The Success Principles (Jack Canfield).

  2. Yay for book posts! I have heard Wild is really good too for your travel memoirs. I started a book club and it hangs on by a thread. Best thing we did was read the Harry Potter series so our tweens and moms could attend and discuss together. It’s still really hard for 3 -4 of us to get together when combined we have 7-9 kids and something is always going on. Still my online book clubs are easier to join in on. We are reading Waiting for Snow in Havana on our blog this monthfor the Travel the World in Books reading challenge we are hosting. Hope you will join us!

    • Rachel says:

      I like the idea of an online book club but not sure it would be as motivating to me as a book club with in-person meetings. How does it work to do the online book clubs? Any suggestions on which to consider?

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