I like lists.
I like lists of things other people like, from people I like, because there’s a good chance I will like these things, too. So, if you like me, maybe you will like my list. Are you with me? 🙂
Books – Top Four Since Summer
Wonder by R.J. Palacio. A middle grade read that I LOVED. It is so well-written, has such a great message without beating you over the head with it, made me laugh and cry (what a great combo!), and uplifted me overall. Fantastic. Julia gave a more in-depth review Here.
Gone Girl by Gillyen Flynn. Wow. I was skeptical given her other books that I couldn’t read (too dark, too depressing). And though I couldn’t recommend it to my teenage daughter due to some language and explicit sex scene (did we really need it?), I really, really enjoyed this book. What a good story! I look at books in different ways than I used to, especially regarding scene structure, plot, character development, and theme. There were so many plot twists that I couldn’t stop reading, couldn’t stop thinking about the characters, and couldn’t have predicted the ending – what a feat!
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. There are some book that change your life. This is one of those books. I took notes, made photocopies of pages, underlined passages, and had excited discussions with my father for a week while reading this book. LOVED it. Daring Greatly is all about the power of vulnerability. Get started by listening to Brene Brown’s TED talk Here. Brene says, “Courage is to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart.” It is only through being vulnerable that we can really be seen for who we really are. Great book for parents and anyone who wants to have better relationships and live a more authentic life. Read it!
The Story of Charlotte’s Web: E.B. White’s Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic by Michael Sims. I love Charlotte’s Web and I love books about authors, but I thought I might end up skimming this. I didn’t. This book is a great window into the life of a shy nature-loving boy who enjoyed animals more than people. This quiet observer grew up to be E.B. White of Strunk and White (every writer’s must-have book companion), and had a very long writing career at The New Yorker, and of course, in children’s literature. A fascinating look.
What’s on my night stand right now? FOUR John Green books, the Weight of Water by Anita Shreve, and Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg.