You know it’s been an exciting month when I only finished two books… TWO. This is a travesty. An anomaly.
-The Cubs made it to the postseason! I must watch every single ever-lovin’ pitch! I must watch every hit by Bryant & Baez!
-My kids started school & since I am homeschooling two and one is in school – I have found myself talking about math the entire dayyyyy (Fractions in the morning/Algebra homework at night) and ohmiword it’s going to drive me insane.
But let’s move on to happier subjects – happier fields of deckled pages and words – a place in which I am much more at home than a field of numbers…!! Here are the book updates from the last month:
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Loved, loved, loved this book. You can usually tell how well I’m enjoying a book by 1) the number of stars, asterisks and underlining notes in the book I’m reading and 2) the number of screenshots I take of different pages. This book? Has (lots of) both those things. Loved this book so much and HIGHLY recommend it.
The Count is placed under house arrest at the Hotel Metropol in the year 1922 when he is sentenced as an “unrepentant aristocrat” by the Bolsheviks. The story follows his dealings with his friends, his work (at the hotel restaurant) and the adorable Nina and Sofia – two friends he meets while living there in an attic room- and a one eyed cat.
The atmosphere and the writing of Amor Towles is beautiful -here’s a description of the Count reading: “Without a doubt, it was a book for when the birds had flown south, the wood was stacked by the fireplace, and the fields were white with snow; that is, for when had no desire to venture out and one’s friends had no desire to venture in.”
Rating: This book gets one of my rare 10/10’s – might even make it to be my favorite book of the year! And if you like this book, you’ll also like Towles’ book, “Rules of Civility.”
I enjoy Lysa’s books – and this one was probably my favorite of hers so far. My one hesitation is that sometimes her definition of being rejected was so broad, it was hard to know if her applications worked. For instance, she talks about being rejected by her father, about a friendship breaking down and then Jesus being rejected… All three are obviously valid topics of rejection – but all three would probably need distinct/nuanced (contextual) applications.
That being said, I did enjoy this book – it’s an easy read and an applicable-to-life read. I appreciated that at the back of the book, she included a chart to look at yourself as well (in other words, sometimes when we are “rejected” it could be that we are misunderstanding how we ourselves could be a part of the problem/situation. Rating: 8 out of 10 or 8/10 (see how I put that in fraction form since I’m so good at math now that I’m helping everyone with it??)
See past book posts by clicking on the links below:
What Should I Read on Vacation?
Click on the player below to listen to Episode 9 – where I interviewed author and friend, Chris Fabry, about his latest book on my podcast: