Today I’m linking up the Modern Mrs. Darcy to discuss what books I’ve been reading lately. I read some great books this month and I’m excited to share my thoughts with you. This is always my favorite post to write.
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – I really enjoyed this book! I used to like to read mysteries but I stopped because I found them to be either too cheesy or too scary. And I don’t care for “whodunit” stories either. So, I started this book thinking I probably wouldn’t like it. Boy, was I wrong. I was glued to this story. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. The story had enough mystery and spooky-vibes to make it interesting, but it wasn’t scary and didn’t give me nightmares. Just a warning for sensitive types like me, there was one disturbing part in the beginning. Overall, it’s a story about families and relationships (in this case, somewhat twisted relationships—which can be scary enough!). I won’t tell you anymore because I don’t want to give too much information away. This is a perfect book to read during the fall season.
Quiet: The Power of the Introvert in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain – I’ve heard so many good things about this book, but I couldn’t bring myself to add it to my reading list…until now. I hate to admit this, but I thought a book about introverts sounded boring. (Yes, this is a perfect example of what Susan Cain talks about in her book: the stereotype that extroverts are the ideal and introverts are boring and awkward.) I’m happy to say, this book was not boring! In fact, I whizzed right through it because I was fascinated by her observations, insights and wisdom. Also, through this book, I was able to confirm that 1. I’m an Introvert (a surprising, but not surprising, revelation) and 2. I’m a Highly Sensitive Person. I now understand the reason for some of my “weird quirks” and it also helped me understand a little bit more about the people around me. She explains ways for managers, teachers, and parents to best manage and motivate their employees, students and children. She also discusses the most ideal situation for brainstorming ideas. She includes three questions to ask yourself to figure out what you’re passionate about and what work you should be doing. Most importantly, she encouraged and explained how introverts can stretch out of their comfort zones (think: rubber band), especially when they have the right motivation. Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, I highly recommend this book. There’s practical advice for all.
The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst – Wow, this book took me almost a year to read. For me, it was just one of those books that you have to read a little, then put it down and let it soak in. You can’t change a people-pleasing “yes” girl overnight. It was a very timely book and I referenced it several times this year when I was struggling with a decision or commitment. Throughout the book, Lysa offers Biblical perspective mixed with practical advice on how to manage your life wisely. The Best Yes is not a hard book to read but will give you something to think about for several days (weeks, or months…) later.
Mara: Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw – McGraw is one of my favorite writers of YA fiction. She wisely weaves her stories with challenging situations, strong-willed but loveable characters, and historical context. Although her books were written several decades ago, they’re still relevant. The lessons learned about love, family and loyalty are still applicable today. Mara is a slave who risks everything for her chance at freedom. She takes on a complex web of lies, acting as a double-agent spy in Pharaoh’s house, hoping to gain the information she needs to “buy” her freedom. Things become more complicated when she starts to fall in love with the person she set out to betray. Mara’s bravery throughout the story is inspiring. We read this story aloud as a family. I thought it’d be a fun book since we’re studying Ancient Egypt. The story was very engaging and it brought to life what life was like in Ancient Egypt. This book is a bit challenging so I recommend reading it aloud to younger elementary-aged children or giving it to upper elementary/middle school-aged children to read on their own.
Your turn: What have you been reading lately? I’d love to hear!
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