Need a Good Read?
I to read. Do you? I have always enjoyed good books and especially a book I can’t put down. They are full of good information, can be uplifting, or maybe just serve as a good escape. A chance to live a life you’ve dreamed of. I have found a few excellent books for you to check out. You won’t be disappointed.
Here’s what I’ve read lately.
If you enjoy books with lots of twists and turns – a la Gillian Flynn – then you’ll love this one. This is a story of the lucky victim of a series of murders – she is the lone survivor. She was found a 16-year-old girl in a ditch among bones from multiple girls. 20 years later she is trying to find the truth of what really happened to her. It’s a page turner for sure!
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
I couldn’t help but love Flavia. A spitfire of a girl who is determined to save her father. I was rooting for her the whole way! This was a fast, fun read.
The overview found on Barnesandnoble.com states:
It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.
For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”
Though not a quick, fun read, this book was thoughtful and inspiring. If you are a closet creative type, this might be just what you need.
Again from Barnesandnoble.com:
Gilbert (The Signature of All Things) offers an empathetic and inspiring guide to mustering the courage to live a creative life. That doesn’t necessarily mean a career in the arts, she’s quick to point out (“If you’re alive, you’re a creative person,” she states); instead, she proposes a life fueled by curiosity rather than fear. Gilbert, more than most, can understand how a big success can make one feel as if the follow-up must not disappoint, writing that “I can’t tell you how many people said to me during those years , ‘How are you ever going to top that?’ ” She notes that this kind of pressure can be an instant creativity killer and encourages readers to let go of perfectionism and embrace being good enough. This mind-set, in her experience, leads to the willingness to take chances, live life to the fullest, and act on risky ideas. Gilbert divides her book into six sections, each devoted to a quality she believes necessary for living without fear: courage, enchantment, permission, persistence, trust, and divinity. In each section, Gilbert peppers sound advice with personal triumphs and failures. Nearly anyone who picks up this self-help manual should finish it feeling inspired, even if only to dream of a life without limits.
Carry On, Warrior
What can I say? I have instantly become a HUGE fan of Glennon Doyle Melton. This is a book full of hilarious and poignant reflections from the life of Glennon and the many lessons learned along the way. I have nothing but respect for someone who overcomes so many difficulties in life and still manages to have a sense of humor and a willingness to be honest about them. This book touched me, and so I then went on to read her latest book as well.
I challenge you to read this memoir and not be touched by it, uplifted by it, and inspired.
For the Love
I will not do justice to this book through my poor words. It is written by my long lost best friend, Jennifer Hatmaker ~ though we have never met. It made me laugh out loud and feel an immediate kinship with both the author and all other women who share so many of the same struggles. I have now read this book twice and loved it just as much the second time!
Here’s the overview found on Barnesandnoble.com
Best-selling author Jen Hatmaker is convinced life can be lovely and fun and courageous and kind. She reveals with humor and style how Jesus’ embarrassing grace is the key to dealing with life’s biggest challenge: people. The majority of our joys, struggles, thrills, and heartbreaks relate to people, beginning with ourselves and then the people we came from, married, birthed, live by, go to church with, don’t like, don’t understand, fear, compare ourselves to, and judge. Jen knows how the squeeze of this life can make us competitive and judgmental, how we can lose love for others and then for ourselves. She reveals how to:
- Break free of guilt and shame by dismantling the unattainable Pinterest life.
- Learn to engage our culture’s controversial issues with a grace-first approach.
- Be liberated to love and release the burden of always being right.
- Identify the tools you already have to develop real-life, all-in, know-my-junk-but-love-me-anyway friendships.
- Escape our impossible standards for parenting and marriage by accepting the standard of “mostly good.”
- Laugh your butt off.
In this raucous ride to freedom for modern women, Jen Hatmaker bares the refreshing wisdom, wry humor, no-nonsense faith, liberating insight, and fearless honesty that have made her beloved by women worldwide.
I was so moved by this book, that I immediately downloaded another Hatmaker book, Interrupted. It did not disappoint either.
What have you read lately? Do you have any good book recommendations for me?