8 Books Every Girl from 14 to 84 Should Read

8 Books Every Girl from 14 to 84 Should Read

“We read to know we're not alone.” William Nicholson

I never considered myself a bookworm in high school. Or even a reader for that matter. I would maybe skim the reading required of me for a class, but never would you catch me reading a book "just for fun". This past year and summer I gained a new love for reading for a purpose. Reading these 8 books completely changed the way I live my life.

1. Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely By Lysa TerKeurst

Hands down the GREATEST book I have ever read. My mom sent me this my first semester in college as she knew I was feeling a lot of the things in the subtitle and I can honestly say it changed a lot of those things around for me. I gained a new perspective when it came to approaching the hard, heartbreaking, lonely times that we all encounter as girls.

2. Purpose Driven Life By Rick Warren

I'm sure at some point we have all wondered what our purpose is for being placed in this world. After reading this book, you will have a pretty dang good idea of the reason God placed you where he placed you and where he wants you to go next.

3. Present Over Perfect By: Shauna Niequist

In the craziness of life, a lot of us give up actually being present in life, making the most of the time we have with the ones we love because we have become so obsessed with the idea of portraying ourselves as "perfect". This book proposes the idea of letting go of our obsession with being perfect and instead choose to be present and make an impact in that way on those around us.

4. Love Does By Bob Goff

This was one of the first books I read "for fun" mostly because it has short, easy chapters that keep your attention from beginning to end. I guarantee though, once you start it, it will be extremely hard to put it down. Each story has so much wisdom and is so relatable to what so many of us are walking through in life. Bob Goff is one of the most incredible humans, I'm still waiting for his next book to come out.

5. Love Lives Here By Maria Goff

Who better to mention next than Bob Goff's incredible wife Maria, to whom he refers as "Sweet Maria" (adorable). The subtitle of this book is "Finding What you Need in a World Telling you What you Want" and I think that is the best way, to sum up, the book without giving anything away. This book was a major "life changer".

6. Cultivate By Lara Casey

I actually am just starting this so I don't have too much to say yet other than in the first 50 pages, it has already encouraged me to radically change my life to be more intentional. I can already tell this book is going to do BIG things in my life.

7. You are a Badass By Jen Sincero

Let's be real, what woman doesn't struggle with self-confidence, tendency to compare herself to others and self-worth. The Amazon summary for this one says, "By the end of the book you'll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass". I definitely couldn't have put it any better. LOVE this book and all that it changed within me.

8. The Circle Maker By Mark Batterson

If you want to learn how to pray some serious prayers, this is the one for you. I've never felt so motivated to radically change something as I was to change the way I prayed after reading this one. You'll learn to pray things that are bigger than you can even imagine.

Whether you're looking for confidence, community, purpose, life-change, or some serious encouragement, I challenge you to pick up one of these incredible books. I promise you won't close the book the as same person you were when you opened the front cover.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student’s semester are always crazy hectic. We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best.

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in 2 days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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8 Things That I Will Always Miss From My Childhood

Ahhh, the good old days!


Okay, yes, I love being an adult. I can drive myself places, buy and pick out my own clothes, and basically do whatever I want. I can make my own food and eat whenever I want. And the best part is: I don't have a bedtime!

However, there are always things that I miss about my childhood.

Your Parents Buying Your Food.

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On Fridays, my mom used to take me to McDonalds or Wendy's, or whatever fast food place I wanted to go to. And obviously, she would buy my food. Then, Freshman year of College, I went to Red Lobster by myself for the first time and when I got the bill for my food, I was shocked. I was like, this much? For just me? Dear god, why? And I decided never again to take myself out to eat because I did not have the income at the time to sustain that.

Disney Channel!

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I miss the old shows like "That's So Raven" and "The Sweet Life of Zack and Cody." I lived for those shows. They were funny but focused on themes of family and friends. They were wholesome. But now all I see on TV is like, not nearly as cute or witty. I wanna go back to watching things that were funny, not watching people get killed on the news.


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Because we live in South Carolina, it's warm out about 8 months out of the year. Therefore, my mom and I used to go get ice cream together basically every single day. I cannot think of a day where we weren't at Baskin-robins. She always got World Class Chocolate. And we would just talk. It was such a lowkey activity but it really meant a lot to me.

The Movies.

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I've always been into action movies and from the time I was in Elementary School to now, whenever they'd make any sort of Superhero movie, my father and I would go see it together. He'd even pay the big bucks so we could see it in 3D. And we'd have a little father/daughter bonding time. We'd share a popcorn and some laughs, but I always got my own large soda!

Batting Cages.

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I think it was middle school softball when my dad stopped pitching to me and started taking me to a batting cage. The first time I ever went, I was really afraid and I did terrible because I thought the balls were coming too fast. But, as with most things, the more you do them the better you get. So, I was becoming a better hitter and I got to spend Saturday mornings with my favorite man. Besides, sometimes it'd be funny when he'd put my helmet on and try to hit from the pitching machine as well.

Christmas Parade!

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Whether or not all of you know this, I hate my hometown. But the only good thing we have is our Christmas parade. When I was in high school, I had to be in it because all three high school marching bands were in it. So, that wasn't fun. What was fun was being a little kid and seeing the marching bands, dance companies, bands, pageant winners, sororities, real estate agents and Santa himself. Plus, we ALWAYS got hot chocolate either during or after the parade, except those years where it was 70 degrees.


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Okay, so my dad actually makes me the best ribs in the entire world. Like I swear they could win a prize. And he also makes chicken, burgers and hot dogs. Sometimes he even grills salmon. And I miss being at home for that sometimes because he'd ask me to mix his barbecue sauce for him or form the burger patties. He even designated me the "official taste tester."

Going to Grandma's!

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Every Friday, usually after the fast food, sometimes before, my mom and I used to go to her parent's house and sit with them and talk to them. But my grandpa died when I was 8, so then it was my grandma. But we'd still go talk to her and watch TV with her. She grows tomatoes, so sometimes she'd give us those. She always had some sort of candy for us. Plus, she's the kindest person on earth, so you love being around her. In high school, I started having to go to football games every Friday and having practices, so it got harder to come by. But now, when I get the chance I try to go see her.

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