After a year into our own relationship, I sent my boyfriend a surprise book to read. It was easy to pick a topic that we both enjoy as he is keen on travel stories also.

By reading the same book at the same time we formed a bonding experience. As you can imagine, this sparked many conversations and jokes based around the book.

In case you’re wondering, the title was: Bill Bryson’s Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe.

We also enjoyed reading the relationship books listed here, many of these helped shape our reltionship along a happy journey.

Sections:

  • Personal development
  • Non-fiction
  • Entertainment – (Great to take while traveling)
  • Fiction – Best of the year

Personal Development books

Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

Author Kristin Neff, PhD, delivers this exceptional book full of practical advice. Here we learn how to free ourselves from self-criticism and replace it with self-encouragement. We explore ways to seek inner peace and true lasting happiness.

We found this book useful if insecurity creeps into your mind. ‘It helps to take away the critical voice and replace this with strong self-esteem and inner confidence’.


The Feel The Fear Guide To… Lasting Love: How to create a superb relationship for life – By Susan Jeffers

I was a big fan of Susan Jeffers earlier book ‘Fear And Do It Anyway’ and this little gem is another brillaint read, or listen if you prefer the audio book. The thought-provoking techniques here will no doubt help all relationships, with valuable advice on the fear of taking risks. Something we can all apply to our own relationships.


Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection – By Sharon Salzberg

We can highly recommend this book for those who want a deeper connection through true love. I enjoyed reading the mindfulness exercises and meditation techniques. Sharon calmly guides the reader to acknowledge certain thoughts, then explores these feelings of emotions. By doing this we can connect more strongly with the present experience.


The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire – By David Deida

In summary, David Deida teaches powerful techniques of how to live your life from your deepest core as a man. ‘To be purposeful, confident and directed’. When applied correctly Davids theories can bring a deeper understanding to life, more happiness and a stronger bond with your partner. Each chapter has a lead in text which can be handy for quick reference. A highly recommended read. It’s stated that both men and woman have found lots of value from reading this book.


Stumbling on Happiness – By Daniel Gilbert

This is not a self-help book, but more of a witty study of human beings and how we differ from other animals, and the ways how we try and predict the future. Psychologist Gilbert explores how our imaginations may be getting in the way of our ability to know what happiness really is. He looks into how ill-equipped we are to properly preview the future, let alone control it. Fascinating reading.


The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts – By Gary Chapman

This book that has sold over 11 million copies! – Here Dr Gary Chapman explores the five love languages – Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. Throughout the book, Chapman’s provides short questionnaires that can be used to find you and your girlfriend/boyfriends own love language. An essential book to help you grow your love amongst the challenges of everyday life.


101 Conversation Starters for Couples – By Gary Chapman

Written by the same bestselling author as above, Gary Chapman developed this handy tabletop resource with 101 questions. Here we can learn how to enhance our relationships and find deeper intimacy. We discover how to talk about our significant others feelings, ideas, memories, hopes, dreams and beliefs. We all require a little nudge at times and this pocketbook could be just the ticket to reveal what we need.


4 Essential Keys to Effective Communication – By Bento C. Leal

Another one of our favorite long distance relationship books!  We enjoyed the no-nonsense writing style and approach to the sometimes hard to get a topic. Communication will make or break any LDR! This book along with its actionable tips helps to guide coulpes on the right path. The author has delivered a booked full of wise words and enthusiasm. Many couples we spoke with have stated how beneficial this book has been to them.


Communication Miracles for Couples: Easy and Effective Tools to Create More Love and Less Conflict – By Jonathan Robinson

Another excellent effective communication book. Broken down into three main chapters – Creating intimacy, Avoiding fights, Solving problems without bruising egos. I personally enjoyed reading the last chapter the most, which helped in our long distance stages.


Non-fiction books

Outliers: The Story of Success – By Malcolm Gladwell

Here at ‘Sending My Love’, we are a big fan of author Malcolm Gladwell, in fact, we have read every one of his books! We love his engaging writing style and how he makes technical and factual information read more like a thriller. Gladwell’s books will open your mind into new way of thinking.  Here we get to learn fascinating insights and backstories of how successful people achieve extraordinary things.


The Travel Book Mini: A Journey Through Every Country in the World (Lonely Planet)

This small yet thick styled book delivers pure quality from each page. I found this a fantastic way to learn about new countries, some of which I hadn’t previously heard of. Each destination is listed in an A-Z order with easy to read the text, and very high-quality pictures throughout.


Entertainment Books

If you’re travelling a long distance to see your S.O, you may find these coloring books and puzzle books really good entertainment for your journey. I always find they help to calm my mind and ease my nerves before flying!

Pictures and text links to Amazon:

Adult Coloring Books Good vibes
floating World Japanese Prints Coloring Book
Vera Bradley Floral Patterns Coloring Book
Funster Word Search Book for Adults: 101 Large-Print Puzzles

Fiction – Voted best of the year 2018

If you a fiction fan like me, you may be interested in the best books of the yaer. Enjoy!

Pictures and text links to Amazon:

The Nix: By Nathan Hill

Moonglow: By Michael Chabon
Here Comes the Sun: By Nicole Dennis-Benn
Behold the Dreamers (Oprah's Book Club): By mbolo Mbue