Listen, someone finally flipped the ON switch and turned FALL on around here: It’s sprinkling and it’s chilly. Plus, it’s national coffee day. Perfect for a fall book report post, besides the fact that I managed to get my daughter’s cold. (Although, sickness might equal having to sit in bed and read…)
Stay tuned at the end for my contest to see how you can win three of these books!
The fact that I got so much read in a busy month can be attributed to watching many a Cubs game this month! (Go Cubs!!) (And remember that all my reviews around here are SAS – Short Attention Span.)
Us by David Nicholls. SAS Review: A love story written from the husband’s point of view after his wife has asked for a divorce. He looks back on their dating and marriage and life together as they travel with their college aged son around Europe. Melancholy, funny, so realistic in some of his responses, I love this book for the story and for the writing. “My sister saw life as one long group hug” was one of my favorite sentences. Some language. (David Nicholls also wrote One Day…one of my favorite books. And if I could write novels, Nicholls is who I would want to write like – melancholy, but funny.)
Rising Strong by Brene Brown. SAS Review: Brene’s prior book was Daring Greatly, which is a book I would HIGHLY recommend. Rising Strong is the sequel. She talks about how to rise back up again after you fall. The main takeaway is that we need to be willing to say to the other person (husband, boss, friend, etc), “This is the story I am writing in my head about what you said…” Or, in other words, often we are not willing to be vulnerable enough to admit to what we are feeling and many times, what we are feeling or what we take away from a situation is not at all what the person meant for us to hear. Main point: Don’t be afraid to communicate, people.
For the Love by Jen Hatmaker: SAS Review: Essays on a variety of topics (which started to seem a little ADD to me, but the good part of that is that these are easily read one at a time…) all about allowing grace to color our lives and to stop struggling so hard to be ALL. Main point: Ease up on yourself and others.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – technically, this was on last month’s list, but I’m including it again, because I’m realizing I keep recommending it repeatedly. A heart wrenching story of two sisters in German occupied France during WWII. Really, really good. (Yes, All the Light We Cannot See is also about France in WWII and is good in its own right, but The Nightingale was a better story in my opinion.)
Whole30 by Doug and Melissa Hartwig – SAS Review: Great intro to the Whole30 way of eating. Recipes and information all gathered into one book. I’m currently doing a Whole30 with two friends from work – probably the last time I’ll do it, but I always love the challenge and how I end up feeling.
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande – SAS Review: Oh, such a beautiful book on how we approach death and old age in America. Honestly, I am not quite done with this book, because I keep having to take breaks from it because it is so good – does that make sense?? The topic is heavy for me, and the story of his relative who is slowly losing her faculties and dying is tough – but beautiful – to read.
Paul by Charles Swindoll – SAS Review: Swindoll presents lessons we can learn from the life of the Apostle Paul. I always learn from Swindoll and love how he writes so “devotionally.”
The Phantom Tollbooth by Juster – SAS Review: This was a read aloud to my 11yo son. Milo finds a blue tollbooth in his room and drives his car through it and into an imaginary world. The plays on words all throughout the book are funny and clever – but that also means the kid you read this to should be a little older, because many of the concepts will go over the heads of younger kids…
So here’s the contest: Recommend in the comments – or on Facebook – what book you would recommend for me to read in October, I’ll pick a random winner and you can pick three of the books from my stack o’ books pictured here (if you’re out of state, I’ll mail them to you.) (Also note, Whole30 is not included because I need to keep it!)
Thank you! What book would you recommend for me to read in October?