One of my goals at the beginning of this school year was to read more than I watch T.V. My taste in books is all over the place, ranging from romance to suspense, to action and self-help. With six books down in six months, I'd thought I'd share my top three with you.

1. "Two by Two" by Nicholas Sparks

“If it comes, let it come. If it stays, let it stay. If it goes, let it go.”

I’m a total sucker for Nicholas Sparks and any romance novels. This book tells the story of a man who seems to have a perfect life, perfect daughter, and perfect wife. His marriage begins to fall apart and he finds himself struggling with work and trying to be a good dad.

I love this book because it shows how something so challenging can become something beautiful.

2. "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed

“He hadn’t loved me well in the end but he’d loved me when it mattered.”

This book was amazing. I never saw the movie, but the book is always better, anyway.

A woman named Cheryl embarks on a journey of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail after a battle with divorce, drugs, sex, and the loss of her mother. Through the ups and downs of her journey, I found myself rooting for her and relating to her in different ways.

Cheryl writes in such an authentic way, you can’t help but fall in love with her.

3. "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" by Mark Manson

“Who you are is defined by what you’re willing to struggle for.”

Don’t let the title fool you, this book isn’t telling you to throw all f*cks out the window. It’s telling you to give a f*ck about the things that matter.

This book is an easy read with some great takeaways. Mark Manson writes in a blunt-conversational style, and he will call you out on some things. While reading this, there were some chapters where I thought “oh my god, he’s definitely talking about me.”

Definitely, recommend to anyone who can get past the colorful title.