Welcome to my monthly book report! No book summaries here, only my random thoughts and tidbits about the books I’ve been reading lately.
I had a bit of a reading funk in March. I decided I needed to go back to home base: Jane Austen. I’ve been meaning to read “Sense and Sensibility” again. The first time I read it was in high school and I’ve been a Jane loyalist ever since. It was so fun to go back and read it as an adult. As usual, I loved her witty commentary and observations.
Then I became completely engrossed in “The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” by Amy Chua. Wow, what a fascinating story! I couldn’t put it down. The controversy and hype surrounding this book seems exaggerated to me and I think the author’s intentions were misunderstood. It is a brutally honest look at her life, her parenting and her expectations. I think she was brave to be so honest. I wouldn’t say it exactly inspired me and I wouldn’t say it was exactly a cautionary tale, but a somehow a watercolor blend of both.
I’m officially obsessed with the Enneagram now, thanks to “The Road Back to You” by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. If you’re not familiar, the Enneagram is an ancient personality diagram with eight categories. For me, the Enneagram is one of the most accurate and complete personality assessments that I’ve ever seen. I think it’s so interesting because it looks at inward thoughts and motives, not just outward actions. In particular, I like how this book is written with keen insight yet includes lighthearted stories to keep it engaging, but also provides some spiritual insight.
What have you been reading lately?