Here’s July’s list! And there’s July’s stack up there ^ – except I really just showed the one that had the best cover. I officially give Aurelius the best cover award! Woo-hoo!!! (Read my review below to see why he would be scoffing at me now if he was reading this.) (Which he’s not.) (Because he’s dead.) I have a goal of 75 books read this year, and I’m currently reading number 49 (and 48, and 50… my systems are never super organized…)Remember, I have a very short attention span, so my reviews are always short and to the point. I’ll give you a handy rating system so you can walk confidently into your local bookseller and hand over your cash. Or, you can stay in those cute pj’s and call up your old friend, Amazon. That way you don’t even feel the sadness of money slipping out of your hand. It just happens magically!
Let’s get started! she said happily. (*Asterisks by the books I’d recommend!)
So, remember my Seneca reading from last month? Aurelius is another philosopher of the Stoic bent. He’s good. Read it for a good, basic understanding of the philosophy. The title sounds way scarier of a book than it is. Although I do not agree with the philosophy (I am “religious” and do believe we have inner battle of sin nature/new nature… and just plowing through other emotions and sins, or trying to be virtuous HAS to be based on something beyond yourself, otherwise… why?? We can talk about that further if you wish. (In my philosophy group sessions.) (Which I don’t have. But wouldn’t that be fun?) (I’d have to buy a pipe and some Scotch.), I did like this book and do always find some good takeaways from those par-tay guys, the stoics. Rating: 7 out of 10 – you can read this while watching the Cubs. A totes Stoic experience in my household. Not really. that was a joke…gah, don’t you understand Cubs philosophy jokes??, she yelled rather un-Stoically.
The Confusion of Languages* by Siobhan Fallon
Perfect summer read. Cassie and Margaret are wives of military men who have been stationed in Jordan. That is the only thing they have in common, however. Margaret arrives full of life and wanting to break free… Cassie has been living there for two years and knows all the rules. When Margaret goes missing, Cassie deals with the complications. Rating: 8 out of 10. Read this in the backyard on a summer morning. Also, maybe if Margaret had been a bit more Stoic, the story would have turned out differently, she suggested. (Some sex, language – PG-13)
Adams is the creator of Dilbert (the comic). Love his writing, love his thoughts on productivity and putting systems into place that work for you. While he does include a chapter on thinking good thoughts so good things will come true (what? I didn’t get this chapter…), the book is definitely in my top ten of all leadership/business/productivity books I’ve read. Try it, you’ll like it. Rating: 8 out of 10 Hmm… I better write these tips down in my quote book, she thought to herself.
Loved this book. Mayfield begins working as a missionary with refugees in the city of Portland, but after ten years, discovers she has not converted one person. The book is a real, honest look at her feelings of serving and loving her neighbors. She looks at her motivations, her ways of thinking she would save them all, and the ways that her relationships with these new friends changed her more than anything. Since I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about serving, and what that means and looks like, I loved reading her thoughts. Although I disagree on some of her theological points, this is the one book from this month I would recommend (and have been recommending!) to all my friends. Read this and then LET’S TALK ABOUT IT. READ THIS BOOK. Rating: 9 out of 10. Focus on this one. No watching other things or thinking other thoughts. Focus and think about what your philosophy of serving is. And why you do it, or don’t do it. Then let’s talk, she repeated.
Bones of a baby are found at a construction site. The book tells the story from multiple viewpoints, including two women, whose baby it could have been. Rating: 7 out of 10 perfect for some summer, poolside reading. (Also, even though the plot sounds creepy, it is not a creepy or scary book necessarily.)
I don’t know. It was a summer read. I skimmed it. I don’t even feel like reviewing it. Maybe pass this one up unless you have a couple hours to kill at the library. Rating: 5 out of 10. Why would you kill library hours??? she cried.