currently reading:

  • “Self-Compassion”- Kristen Neff
  • “Coming to Your Senses” – Stanley and Carolyn Block

just finished:

  • “The Power of Now”- Eckhart Tolle
  • “Rising Strong”– Brene Brown

my favorite books:

  • “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”– Betty Smith
  • “The Little Prince”– Antoine de Saint-exupery
  • “I Know This Much is True”– Wally Lamb
  • “Pathologies of Power”– Paul Farmer
  • “The Glass Castle”– Jeannette Walls
  • “1,000 Splendid Suns”– Khaled Hosseini
  • “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”
  • “The Kite Runner”– Khaled Hosseini
  • “The Fault in Our Stars”– John Green
  • “Vanishing Acts,” “19 Minutes,” “The Pact”– Jodi Picoult
  • “This I Believe”– NPR Series
  • “Wherever you go, there you are”– Jon Kabat- Zinn


  1. Morgan says:

    How did you like The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult? She is my favorite author and I have not read it yet, but I am planning on it!

    • Hi Morgan!

      I love love love loved “The Storyteller” by Jodi Picoult. She is one of my favorite authors too, and this book was one of my absolute favorites by her. It is definitely worth the read…but if you are anything like me, be prepared to stay up all night until you finish the whole thing, I couldn’t put it down! I’d love to hear what you think about it :) Which book of hers is your favorite?

  2. Jaci says:

    READ — “The Art of Racing in the Rain”…. such a good book for dog/animal lovers. Couldn’t put it down.

  3. Stephen Lee says:

    I just happened to stumble across your blog (someone re-posted “being twentysomething” on facebook and it came up on my feed). I’ve spent the last hour or so reading! wow!

    The little prince is one of my favourite books too! I read that every 3 years or so. Every time I read it, I find that i take away a different meaning each time, depending on my life circumstances, where I am currently and where I want to be, where I have to go, etc. Try it! read it every 2-3 years and you’ll realise things in that book that you didn’t realise a few years ago. I’ve probably read it maybe 4 times now!

    I also just finished reasing THE KITE RUNNER! SUCH a good book!!!

    Book recommendations
    * The Orphan Masters Son – Adam Johnson
    * Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
    * All that I am – Anna Funder
    * The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

    • Stephen Lee says:

      oh and my site : (only started this beginning of last year). Initially started off with my challenging myself to take a photo a day for 365 days (and I succeeded!). I’ve decided to continue doing that and I have been taking photos still, however I haven’t updated it due to other things which got in the way, i.e life and work. busy busy busy!

    • Jessica says:

      i LOVE book recommendations! thank you so much! I cannot wait to read your recommendations… please send any (and all) more my way :)

  4. Marcela says:

    I never read, but i’d love to, but I don’t know with which book to start, can you suggest something for me?

  5. Samantha K says:

    Hi Jessica,

    I loved your latest post about age just being a number. I’m 26 and I couldn’t agree more. I have friends who are feeling pressured to get married and start families and I plan to share your wisdom with them.

    You would be a great suggested user/blogger for Riffle Books. I’m currently the nonfiction editor there. Riffle has been called “the Pinterest of books” (

    Since you already have booklists on your blog, it would be easy for you to create an account at Riffle. I would make you a Suggested User to follow. Then you could easily make booklists and share them on your blog, while also gaining a new audience and new followers.

    Please let me know if you are interested. My email is

    For more information, check out one of my latest lists here:

    All best,

  6. MJ says:

    We have a few favourites in common (The Kite Runner, The Glass Castle and The Fault in Our Stars), I definitely have to check out your other favourites!

    I’d also recommend White Oleander by Janet Fitch

  7. If you have time you should pick up ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’ by Milan Kundera – you see, usually I’m more of a crime fiction kind of girl but this definitely got me out of my comfort zone! It’s such an intelligent and thought-provoking read that it really makes you question…well, just about everything! Let me know if you decide to give it a go :)

    • Jessica says:

      Ahh!! Thank you for the book recommendation!! As soon as I finish the book I’m currently reading I plan on reading “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”… I’ll let you know what I think!

      I hope all is well :)


  8. Rhonda finlay says:

    If you liked 19 minutes you should read Lionel shrivers book we need to talk about Kevin

  9. Sophie says:

    Hi Jessica! Optimism rocks! I was wondering what you thought of `The Power of Habit? I seen it in stores and thought of purchasing it but I ended up buying the book I was originally looking for. Should I get it for my next book?

  10. Emily says:

    I heard Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan was really good!

  11. Lizzie says:

    Hey I noticed you had John Green’s The Fault on your list of favorites. So, a book suggestion if you haven’t read it is Looking for Alaska by John Green. Finished it the other day, and it was amazing!

  12. Do you have a account? It would be awesome to see what you’re reading. Love your taste in books. Can you share your account with us ?

  13. DrMrs. says:

    Have you read One Hundred Years of Solitude? NYTimes quoted as saying, “A must read for the human race”….certainly agree…you might enjoy it too :)

  14. Stephanie says:

    I loved books for as long as I can remember, sadly it’s been quite a Looonnng time since I’ve read a book cover to back.. Any suggestions on a good read for a someone looking to get my toes back in the book pool?? BTW I read your blog religiously!! Love it !

  15. Sophia says:

    I have been following your blog for a couple years now since you wrote that 20 something piece. And today I am so excited to find out that you are reading meditation from the mat! That’s what i am reading too. How amazing! No wonder I love your writing, personality and lifestyle! You are awesome!

  16. Deb says:

    Wonderful list! Thank You.

  17. Kristen says:

    I love your blog. Every time I read a post something resonates with me. I’m also a social worker and self reflection seems to be the place I grow the most.

    I really loved “A Man Called Ove.” If you haven’t read it, add it to your list!

  18. Julie says:

    Highly recommend anything by Mitch Albom or Paulo Coelo. I think you’d really love The Alchemist by Paulo Coelo!

    • Jessica says:

      Ahh thank you for the recommendation!! I actually just recently ordered “The Alchemist,” I can’t wait to read it! Please send any other book recommendations my way :)

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