Books to Read When Your SO is Deployed

…or at bootcamp, or living in another place, or super busy with military life.

These are the books that I read during long stretches of absence, when I need to find comfort in something small. Some of them are fiction, some are not. Some are self help, some are not. I figure it’s good to read a little bit of everything. Because military SO’s need all the help we can get.

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1. How to be Married by Jo Piazza
You don’t have to be married to get the fruits of Piazza’s bare-it-all narrative, but it doesn’t hurt. She goes into the nitty gritty of what it means to choose one person, and then she explores what that means to different cultures. Ultimately, How to be Married shows that there’s no One Way to be together, just do do your best. I’m currently reading this one.

2. The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
Communication is Hard when your SO isn’t there to talk to face to face. Palmer is an expert at asking for what she wants, and she’s very keen to teach you how in this touching memoir about the music business and art for arts sake. “I trust you this much. Should I? Show me.”

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3. Rising Strong by Brene Brown
Brene Brown has her PhD in vulnerability. Okay, not literally. But she should. This book is super important because it shows us how to rumble with the stories we make up for ourselves, especially the ones based on fear and distance. It’ll teach you how to communicate the stories to your significant other.

4. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Historical, unbelievable, and a true hero’s journey. Sometimes, it’s nice to read about those who came before our SO’s and survived. Admittedly, this one is a bit harrowing, so maybe try it when you know your SO is home and safe if you’re concerned for their safety.

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5. Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
This one I think is particularly great for Navy SO’s. It’s got time travel, sailing, action, romance. Mostly, it’s a great escape from missing someone. But as someone who loves a sailor, that aspect was really fun for me.

6. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Do you remember how you fell in love with your SO? All the butterflies in your stomach, the wondering if they felt the same. Those first kisses… This book is sure to remind you of that. Rainbow Rowell is queen of romance in my eyes, and she’s really great at conjuring that “falling in love” feeling.

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Top Ten Books of 2016

Happy end of 2016!!

I know that this year has been hard, but I for one don’t think it’s been all bad. I met my love, started grad school, and read so many great books.

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So I think it’s time I jumped on the 2016 booklist bandwagon. Here are my top ten reads of 2016:

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The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

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True Stories:

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

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Loved the Author:

Forever, Interrupted and One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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Lyrically Written:

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Wishing you and yours a wonderfully blessed New Year!

Top Ten Tuesday

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Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday. Originally started by The Broke and The Bookish, I’ve been inspired to give you a list of ten books from some category or another that I absolutely love.

This week, in honor of Mental Health Month, I’m going to list ten books that deal with mental illness.

  1. The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter
    • This book was so hard but so worth it. It dealt with mental institutions  and PTSD so well.
  2. OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
    • Two people with OCD fall in love. Need I say more?
  3. The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti
    • Jade’s anxiety is very realistic and her coping mechanisms make for a a great story.
  4. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
    • This book deals with suicide. We follow along thirteen mixtapes that list thirteen reasons why a girl ended her life. A very important story.
  5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    • Socially awkward Cath is so very cute and relatable and if you don’t read the book for that then do it for Levi. Read it for Levi.
  6. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
    • I know this is the second book in the series but hear me out. Insurgent is the book where Tris deals the most with her depression. Her character arc in this one book helped me during a really rough time in my anxiety journey.
  7. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
    • The reason this book makes the list is very spoilery and I just need all of you to read it and then come talk to me about it.
  8. Looking for Alaska by John Green
    • Depression, social anxiety, and manic pixie dream girls?
  9. Wild Roses by Deb Caletti
    • This book deals very well with how families are affected by loved ones with mental illness. Specifically prodigies with harmful mental illnesses.
  10. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
    • Any Dessen book is worth a read just for her characters. But this one in particular deals with loss and how that can affect your spirit.

All of these books I rate three stars or higher. Click on the links to buy them from Amazon. Happy reading!