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11 Books From The Past 5 Years That Are Worth Reading For Every Woman

11 Books From The Past 5 Years That Are Worth Reading For Every Woman

Thousands of books are published every year. You enter a bookstore and you can surely get lost in all this variety. If you love to read, I bet you always face this problem of too little time and too many books. You constantly confront the challenge of picking the next piece of work to read among hundreds of new novels, memoirs, sequels, professional books, short stories, etc.

The lists of books can be endless as writers all over the world are super active now. We have numerous lists of books for students, for kids, for businessmen, science books, marketing books, etc. I decided to make a list of recent books that are perfect for a woman of any age to read. Of course, every woman has her own taste and reading preferences, but we all are united by the love for emotional, thought-provoking, heart-warming, life-changing, captivating and inspiring books. Those were my criteria while making this list. It is fair to notice that it is only a drop in the sea of great books available now, but it is a great drop to start with. Enjoy!

The Goldfinch written by Donna Tartt

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    Donna Tartt spent more than 10 years writing this novel. The main character is a 13-year old boy, who saw his mother die in the blast in a museum. The book got many positive reviews and the author received the Pulitzer Prize for it in 2014. Her writing was compared to Dickenson and Bradbury and Steven King said that he could barely name 5 good books that were as good as this one in the last 10 years. They say there is going to be a movie, so hurry up and read it before.

    Bad Feminist written by Roxane Gay

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      It is a great collection of witty, funny and sincere essays revealing many different questions, clichés, problems and facts about feminism. Roxane Gay explains why she is a “bad feminist”, what feminism looks like these days and how it can and should look.

      Until I Say Goodbye written by Susan Spencer-Wendel and Bret Witter

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        This is an inspiring autobiographical story of fighting. Susan finds out that she has a deadly disease and starts to live her life to make it worth. Her intention now is to prove that every day is better if it is filled with joy and no one can fill your days with joy but you. This book is truly inspiring; it makes you think about your life and how many great things you can do now.

        Everything I Never Told You written by Celeste Ng

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          Family tragedies happen every day all over the world. Celeste Ng decided to write about one of the most terrible ones – death of a kid. It is hard to believe that this is the first novel written by Celeste, as her descriptions are so live and believable that you feel like you are a reading a book of a very experienced writer.  The book touches many serious social and personal questions and definitely will not leave anyone indifferent.

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          Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy written by Helen fielding

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            Bridget Jones is a famous character known and loved all over the world. We’ve already read two books and seen two movies with this charming and hilarious girl. Now she is older, she is a widow and has two kids. But she still manages to get into silly situations and desperately look for the ways out. Everyone who has missed this lovable character has to read this book!

            Me Before You written by Jojo Moyes

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              We all enjoy a good and emotional novel, right? “Me before you” is a bestselling book that would be perfect for every woman to read. It is a story about an active businessman who has to be in a wheelchair after an accident and a simple woman who enters his world and changes it drastically. The novel strikes with its sincerity and touching nature and reminds everyone that all people have the right and the choice to keep their dignity no matter what the situation is.

              The Lifeboat written by Charlotte Rogan

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                This is a 2012 novel that became a bestseller right away. The story is extraordinary and captivating making you want to read it all at once. A big ship is wrecked and a group of people is stuck on a lifeboat searching for a rescue. The plot will keep you strained and make you feel like you are there, on that lifeboat trying to survive among the people you can barely trust.

                Wild written by Cheryl Strayed

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                  If you want to read something inspiring, this is it. This is an actual story that touches you deeply. It is the story of a woman who hit the bottom, losing her mother, cheating on her husband and using drugs.  Her way out of this mess is truly inspiring: she decides to solo hike and chooses an incredibly difficult 1,100 mile trail. On her way she overcomes physical and mental troubles, takes a deep look at her life and thinks about the solutions. It is truly an amazing book for every woman to read.

                  Secret Garden written by Johanna Basford

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                    This is not an actual book as we know it. But it is a great way to relax and to say goodbye to stress. Johanna Basford created this unique coloring craze for adults that has been incredibly successful all over the world. It awakes your creative side and allows you to spend some time in peace and quiet creating something beautiful.

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                    Room written by Emma Donoghue

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                      This is a heartbreaking story about a five year old boy who has been living his whole life in one room and his mother who has been kidnapped by a cruel maniac and kept in a soundproofed shed by his house. The story is described by the boy who has no idea that there is the whole world out there. The book is unique and sometimes quite hard to read, but it is definitely a worthy story to be told.

                      Act like a lady, think like a man written by Steve Harvey

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                        Surely, the times when women saw their main purpose in pleasing their men are long gone. However, I bet that every woman wants to know men, their way of thinking, their reasons, etc. better. Famous comedian Steve Harvey decided to cast some light on these questions for women in a very witty and clever way. It is not a book on how to get a man and please a man; it is a book on how to understand them and see the difference between men’s and women’s perception of the world.

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                        Last Updated on October 17, 2019

                        How to Spend More Quality Time with Your Partner

                        How to Spend More Quality Time with Your Partner

                        You see your partner every single day. They are the first person you talk to in the morning and the last person you kiss goodnight.

                        But does seeing each other day in and day out equal a healthy relationship? Not necessarily.

                        Spending quality time with your partner is the best way to ensure your relationship stays healthy and strong. This means going above and beyond sitting together while you watch Netflix or going out for the occasional dinner. You deserve more from your relationship – and so does your spouse!

                        What does quality time mean? It means spending time with your spouse without interruption. It’s a chance for you to come together and talk. Communication will build emotional intimacy and trust.

                        Quality time is also about expressing love in a physical way. Not sex, necessarily (but that’s great, too!) but through hand-holding, cuddling, caressing, and tickling. Studies show that these displays of affection will boost partner satisfaction.[1]

                        So how do you spend quality time with your partner? Here are 13 relationship tips on making the most out of your time with your partner.

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                        1. Recognize the Signs

                        If you want a healthy relationship, you have to learn how to recognize the signs that you need to spend more quality time together.

                        Some telltale signs include:

                        • You’re always on your phones.
                        • You value friendships or hobbies over quality time with your spouse.
                        • You aren’t together during important events.
                        • You are arguing more often or lack connection.
                        • You don’t make plans or date nights.
                        • You’re not happy.

                        If you are experiencing any of these relationship symptoms, know that quality time together can reverse the negative effects of the signs above.

                        2. Try New Things Together

                        Have you ever wanted to learn how to play an instrument or speak another language? How about skydive or ballroom dance?

                        Instead of viewing these as solo hobbies and interests, why not involve your partner?

                        Trying new activities together builds healthy relationships because it encourages spouses to rely on one another for emotional and physical support.

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                        Shared hobbies also promote marital friendship, and the Journal of Happiness Studies found that marital satisfaction was twice as high for couples who viewed each other as best friends.[2]

                        3. Schedule in Tech-Free Time

                        Your phone is a great way to listen to music, watch videos, and keep up-to-date with friends and family. But is your phone good for your relationship?

                        Many couples phone snub, or ‘phub’, one another. Studies show that phubbing can lower relationship satisfaction and increase one’s chances of depression.[3]

                        Reduce those chances by removing distractions when spending quality time together and showing your partner they have your full attention.

                        4. Hit the Gym as a Couple

                        One way you can spend more time together as a couple is by becoming workout partners. Studies show that couples are more likely to stay with their exercise routine if they work out together.[4] Couples also work out harder than they would solo. One study found that 95 percent of couples who work out together maintained weight loss compares to the 66 percent of singles who did.[5]

                        Join a gym, do at-home couples’ workouts, try couples yoga, hit the hiking trails, or get your bikes out. No matter which way you choose to exercise, these healthy activities can promote a healthy relationship.

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                        5. Cook Meals Together

                        Pop open a bottle of wine or put some romantic music on while you get busy – in the kitchen, of course!

                        One of the best relationship tips for spending quality time together when you both have busy schedules is to cook meals together.[6]

                        Spice things up and try and prepare a four-course meal or a fancy French dish together. Not only is this a fun way to spend your time together, but it also promotes teamwork.

                        If all goes well, you’ll have a romantic date night meal at home that you prepared with your four hands. And if the food didn’t turn out the way you’d hoped, you are guaranteed to have a laugh and create new memories together.

                        6. Have a Regular Date Night

                        Couples experience a greater sense of happiness and less stress when they are spending quality time together.[7] One of the biggest relationship tips for a healthy partnership is to include a date night in your weekly routine.

                        The National Marriage Project found that having a weekly date night can make your relationship seem more exciting and helps prevent relationship boredom.[8] It also lowers the probability of divorce, improves your sex life, and increases healthy communication.

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                        Some great ideas for what to do on your date night include:

                        • Have a movie marathon – Gather up your favorite flicks and cuddle up on the couch.
                        • Play games together – Cards, board games, video games, and other creative outlets are a fun way to spend quality time together.
                        • Recreate your first date – Go back to that restaurant and order the same meal you did when you first got together. You can spice up your evening by pretending you’re strangers meeting for the first time and see how sexy the night gets.
                        • Plan a weekend getaway – There’s nothing better than traveling with the one you love.
                        • Dinner and a movie – A classic!
                        • Try a new restaurant – Make it your mission to rate and try all of the Mexican restaurants/Irish pubs/Italian trattorias in your area.
                        • Have a long sex session – Intimacy promotes the release of the oxytocin hormone which is responsible for a myriad of great feelings.[9]

                        Here’re even more date night ideas for your reference: 50 Unique and Really Fun Date Ideas for Couples

                        Final Thoughts

                        The benefits of spending quality time together are endless. Here are just some of the ways it can contribute to a healthy relationship:

                        • Improves emotional and physical intimacy
                        • Lowers divorce rates
                        • Improves communication
                        • Reduces marital boredom
                        • Bonds couples closer
                        • Improves friendship
                        • Boosts health
                        • Reduces stress

                        These are all excellent reasons to start making date night a regular part of your week.

                        It’s easy to have a healthy relationship when you set aside dedicated time to share with your spouse. Try new things together, make your spouse your workout buddy, and look for innovative ways to be close and connected.

                        These relationship tips will bring great benefits to your marriage.

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