My Favorite Books 2021 pt. 1

Hello friends! It is so fun to see you again! We should do this more often πŸ˜‰.

This week I have a list of my favorite books that I’ve read recently. I highly recommend each of them, and you may be pleasantly surprised how much you enjoy them. I know I was!

Yes, I know this post is nearly three months behind. We aren’t gonna talk about it.

8 Great Smarts by Kathy Koch

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book was one of the most interesting and insightful nonfiction books I’ve read. In this book, Dr. Koch explains the multiple intelligences theory, which is a theory first proposed by Howard Gardner in 1983. Gardner’s theory says that there is not just one type of “smart,” but that there are eight different types of smart. Everyone has the ability to be each kind of smart, but there are some smarts that come easier than others.

Gardner wrote about his theory is his books Frames of Mind and Multiple Intelligences. Kathy Koch took his theory and research and turned it into a book that is simpler to understand and written for a family setting.

Three by Ted Dekker

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Holy moly, when they said this book was a psychological thriller, they weren’t exaggerating! The story follows Kevin Parsins as he receives a phone call from a mysterious man who calls himself Slater. Slater demands that Kevin confess his sin within the next three minutes or his car will blow up. Kevin has no idea what sin Slater is talking about, and he is able to ditch his car moments before it explodes. Slater continues to call Kevin, telling him to confess his sin, and the punishment for not doing so grows each time. As the police get involved, they begin to see some rather strange patterns regarding both Slater and Kevin.

The end will leave you shocked and thinking, WHAT?? After I finished the book, I had to take a few days to process it, there was just so much! Ted Dekker wove so many subplots and backstories into this story, yet nothing is left unresolved at the end. This is definitely one of my top 10 books, and I recommend everyone read it, especially if you love psychological thrillers.

Story Genius by Lisa Crow

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is my current read, and my oh my, Lisa Crow is such a BRILLIANT writer! She not only describes how you can make your story better, but describes the science behind reading and what stories chemically do to our brains. She describes the psychology behind a good story, and then tells you how you can write a good story using that psychology. I am seriously loving reading this book, and I can’t wait to finish it so that I can give you guys a full report!


Anyways, those are my top 3 reads of this year. I highly recommend each of them, and the great thing about them is there’s a genre for you, no matter what you read! Do you love fiction, specifically thrillers? Read Three! Love nonfiction or reading about the human mind? 8 Great Smarts is the book for you. Enjoy reading books that help increase your writing skills? Story Genius to the rescue!

And yes, if you noticed that all three of these books have to do with psychology in some way, it’s because I love reading about the human mind and how it works. I enjoy reading about different personalities, mentalities, and all the different ways the mind can react to things, so I loved these books that had an emphasis on the mind – both fiction and nonfiction!

Will you read any of these books? Have you read any of them? If so, tell me!

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-Ariβ™₯

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