Like a lot of people, I have been spending quite a lot of time reading. First, it was my way of diverting attention away from the growing pandemic and the constant media alerts on my phone. Then, reading slowly became a habit, again. I used to like reading when I used to have more free time but it kind of fell by the wayside when my schedule filled up. I realized just how much I missed getting lost in a novel or story. There’s the educational aspect of reading in that you get to see things from another person’s perspective but there is also something therapeutic in getting lost in someone else’s worries that you forget your own. What about you? Have you been reading a lot too?
I must say I have truly enjoyed the four books that I am going to talk about here. They were entertaining, easy to read and insightful. There have been times when I’ve picked up a book and had to force myself to finish reading it. But that wasn’t the case for these four titles…
1 – Untamed by Glennon Doyle – For all my strong women and budding feminists out there, Glennon’s book takes our female awareness and confidence to the next level. This book really made me reexamine how I approach many things in life, from being a people pleaser to always doubting myself when major decisions need to be made. There’s just so many good inspirational thoughts in this book that I ended up highlighting almost half of the book. Caution: this book is not for the meek. Glennon is brutally honest and does not sugarcoat things so be forewarned.
2 – The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Edith Eger – When the Covid-19 pandemic first started, I felt the need to read a book by an author who overcame a great challenge in life. Edith, who some say is the “Anne Frank who survived the Holocaust,” is more than a survivor. She is someone who never gave up on life no matter what challenges came her way. In fact, Edith is more like a cat with nine lives. She has found strength in each adversity she has encountered and found ways to reinvent herself each time. When I think of the current challenges facing right now, I am strengthened and humbled in light of what Edith has gone through.
3 – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen – Wow, this book! I don’t know what took me so long to pick this one up. Delia’s writing style is so captivating that I felt like I was there in the book with all the characters. I love the story of Kya and Chase, one of those everlasting love story. This is definitely a must-read!
4 – The Jetsetters: A Novel by Amanda Eyre Ward – This definitely is a lighter read than the other three I’ve mentioned. The novel takes a look at how a widow, Charlotte, relates to her three adult kids as they spent a couple of weeks on a European cruise. From the outside, Charlotte’s family seems fairly typical. But like all families, everyone’s got a secret, or a dysfunction, of some sort that comes out during the cruise. My takeaway — you can run but you cannot hide from whatever scars you have from childhood.
What have you been reading? I’ll need suggestions for the long days of social distancing ahead of all of us.