Thursday, October 31, 2013

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reader's Choice 20th Anniversary Edition Review!

Reading is one of my favorite things to do. Every year I do the 50 books in a year challenge and I am proud to announce that I surpassed 50 already this year, actually three months early, and am currently at 61. I really don't think I have read this many books in a year before and I don't plan on stopping either!

One of the most recent books that I have read is Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reader's Choice 20th Anniversary Edition. You may remember that I reviewed a previous Chicken Soup book before and you can check that out here.

This edition is compiled a bit differently than the others. As part of their 20th anniversary celebration the people at Chicken Soup had their readers submit their own little short stories as to how previous Chicken Soup stories affected them. The reader's story is before the actual story they were talking about, like a kind of introduction. I thought this was a really creative and unique way to compile an anniversary edition.

The book contains 100 stories and are separated by chapters revolving around the major theme of the stories such as: Epiphanies, Attitude Adjustments, Great Advice, and Amazing Connections. Readers shared their favorite Chicken Soup story from any one of the past previous 250+ titles. From Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul to Chicken Soup for the New Mom's Soul to even Chicken Soup for the Soul: What I Learned from the Dog, they definitely have a story in here for everyone to connect to.

I really enjoyed the variety of all the stories and yet they were still connected through bigger themes like Motivation and Great Advice. Also there was even a variety of readers, too, that shared their feelings on different stories. For instance, there was a man that related with a story about a dog passing because his dog passed as well. Then there was a girl who connected to a story that she read when she was ten called "Just One Drink" which told the loss of a brother in a car accident after the driver just had one drink. The author of "Just One Drink" was the deceased's thirteen year old brother.

I really enjoyed Chicken Soup for the Soul because it really does lift your spirits. You may be depressed but then read some of these stories. There's people dealing with cancer, their grandmother having a heavy dose of altheizmer's, and then some. But they look at the good in life, that everything is going to get better and it all works out. It's pretty inspiring because sometimes you forget to do that.

Overall, I was really impressed with this edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul and if you're into these books or need something inspiring or to life up your spirits, definitely check it out!

Buy It! Head on over to your local bookstore or head on over to Chicken Soup's website where you can submit your story or browse the other books they have.

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