My neighborhood book club is starting back up this week and the leaves are starting to turn so I thought it was about time to recap this summer's reading. There are so many fabulous new books out, I just can't keep up.
Two of my favorite reads were Melanie Shankle's The Antelope in the Living Room and Sparkly Green Earrings. I literally laughed out loud with both of these books but also found myself underlining thought provoking and life inspiring words of wisdom. The Antelope in the Living Room recaps Melanie's journey through Marriage and Sparkly Green Earrings is her experiences as a mother. She intertwines her faith, humor and real life stories to make an unforgettable story.
What Alice Forgot is one of those books you will fly through in just a few sittings. Its a thought provoking story of what happens when a woman looses her memory of the past ten years. It challenges us to examine our own life: what would the me of 10 years ago think of me now?
The Orphans of Race Point is a bit longer read that intertwines many story lines following a childhood friendship throughout many generations. Its an engaging novel that explores what we will do for love.
Love Idol is a nonfiction, Christian novel that exposes our need for approval in a world full of comparison, criticism, perfectionism and ultimately sin. It explains how we are pre-approved in God's eyes, we are enough in Him.
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown was by far one of the most life changing (and life challenging) books I've read in a while. I won't do justice trying to recap it so just do yourself a favor and go buy it (so you can highlight it, re-read it and pass it on). All I'll say is we (men, women, faith or no faith) need to be gentle to ourselves and let go of trying to be perfect, its the only way we can live wholeheartedly.
These are my two picks for good old fashioned beach reads. You'll finish them in a day or two and be entertained every moment.
I loved Wonder. It may make its way to an all time favorite list. Every student and parent should read this book and cherish it. Wonder is the type of story made for curling up and sharing, for talking and connecting. Its one of the best nonfiction books I've read recently.
And because I'm a book fanatic (and I've seen people posting their favorite books on facebook) I thought I'd share my all-time favorite/inspiring books. I tried to come up with just my top 10 but ultimately had to break it up so I could share a few more. In no particular order....
Top 10 Non-Fiction
1. The Emperor of All Maladies
2. Love, Medicine and Miracles
3. The Irresistible Revolution
4. Tuesdays with Morrie
5. The Last Lecture
6. Marley and Me
7. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
8. The Omnivore's Dilemma
9. Cutting for Stone
10. Still Alice
Top 10 Fiction
1. Water for Elephants
3. My Sister's Keeper
4. The Alchemist
5. Redeeming Love
6. The Shack
7. The Art of Racing in the Rain
8. The Husband's Secret
9. A Thousand Splendid Suns
10. I'll Love You Forever