Writers as Readers
For us writers and editors, books are our lifeblood, and we read because we must. To be honest, I sometimes listen to books because I spend about 2.5 hours in the car, driving four kids to 4 different schools, on the regular. I read (or listen) to books that suit my mood, assigned in my book club, recommended by friends and fellow entrepreneur’s, and even books I assume I will hate, just because I want a challenge. So what have I read lately? As you can see, I was all over the place in the last month—I read a little of everything. (This post contains Amazon affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission.)
I was a little scared when I started this book; I don’t like sad, third-world, children starving and dying in their parents’ arms, books. And that is exactly what I expected, but it was my Book Club’s selection, so I buckled down with a box of tissues and got to reading… and, much to my surprise, it was a fantastic book! It’s a story about struggle, survival, human nature, family, love, disappointment, justice, and joy. It has become a personal favo
Slow Love: How I Lost My Job, Put on My Pajamas and Found Happiness by Dominique Browning (Memoir) –
I’m a sucker for the Eat, Pray, Love, find yourself, and become a better person type of book. This book delivers a great story of evolving, growing and maturing after faced with a life-changing disappointment.
The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World by AJ Jacobs (Non-fiction) –
If you love words and have been accused of being a little nerdy (in the cute and endearing way, of course) you MUST take a gander at this smart and witty book. You will laugh, learn, and make peace with your inner-nerd.
Amy Poehler is hilarious! She tells life stories, not all happy ones, in a way that makes you laugh and appreciate that there is a lesson in every experience. I commonly hear from people that they don’t read books by certain celebrities because they don’t agree with their politics; and to that I say, politics aside, Amy is funny and introspective and reveals great life lessons to her readers. It is worth the read!
Another Book Club pick that I was dreading, although I am not sure why; I like classics. I am glad I didn’t skip it! Rebecca is perfectly written with characters that so well developed I wanted to hug Ms. Du Maurier. The plot is flawless. This one I had to listen to and the narrator was impeccable.
P.S. Do you have a favorite book you want me to review? Send it to me! I love new book recommendations, new or old, I’ll take ’em all! Email me your recommended reads at firstname.lastname@example.org