Thursday, October 15, 2015

My Stack of Books: October 2015

Here we go:

The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

I may be one of the last people on the planet to read this.  Oh, so tragic!  Young love + cancer = bereft reader.

The Gift of Failure, Jessica Lahey.

A great reminder to back off and let the kids struggle.  And no sooner had I finished it than I received a text from one of my kids--one of those, "I forgot my homework, can you bring it to me?"  Oh, how I agonized over that one--and ultimately, I didn't take the forgotten homework.

The Life Intended, Kristin Harmel

One of Anne's Flights of Fancy from her summer reading list.  I just loved.  Such great advice for life packed into a sweet and compelling story.  Chick-lit with some real meat on it.

Speak, Louisa Hall

I picked this one up off of the new release shelf at the library.  The author of Station Eleven is quoted on the cover as saying that this novel doesn't remind her of any other book she's ever read.  And I gotta say, that's a true statement.  Six narrators tell their stories--different times, different places.  And it's all loosely related somehow.  Just can't neatly connect the dots.

10% Happier, Dan Harris

I'd heard Dan Harris tell his story on GMA.  Anne mentioned this book, so I thought I'd check it out.  It was pretty good.  I liked how he kept it real--he shared his frustrations and doubts about the process.  One thing that bothered me?  Very narrow page margins.  And really long paragraphs, and/or a smaller-than-I'd-like font.

A God in Ruins, Kate Atkinson

Well, Life After Life was one of my favorite reads of the year.  At first, I was thrilled to be back with Ursula and Teddy and Nancy.  And after a few hundred pages, I was getting restless.  The ending...well, I didn't like this one as much as I did Life After Life.