I love sharing what I’ve read lately, mostly because I love when other people do it. I’ve gotten to where if I just read the dust jacket of a book it almost never makes me want to read it, but a recommendation from a friend? That’s worth it’s weight in literary gold.
So I figured I’d give you my fall book report. I generally read less in the fall, because I find getting our family into a good school/work/life balance requires an intense amount of focus. Nonetheless, I’ve found some pretty good, if not particularly current, reads.
Glass Houses: I can’t help it, Inspector Gamache books are chips for me, once you pop, you can’t stop. Actually, more accurately they are like a beef bourguignon with a baguette. I’ve always been a sucker for a good mystery, but these are singularly rich in atmosphere and introspection. That’s always a win for me.
Murder on the Orient Express: Speaking of mysteries. It turns out Agatha Christie is a blast to read. I can fly through one of her mysteries. She also has a delves deeply into rich settings with familiar characters. It turns out I like that. My favorite is still And Then There Were None, but the setting puts this right up next to that one.
Mere Motherhood: Disclaimer: This is a homeschool mom book, BUT before you discount it, know that it is written with so much grace and wisdom I really believe anyone in the trenches of motherhood would get so much out of it. I’ve listen to Cindy Rollins on The Mason Jar podcast for years, but she said something that resonated so deeply with me a few weeks ago that I marched right home and bought this book. Confession: I read VERY FEW homeschool books because I think it can all get a little self-righteous and self-congratulatory. This is the exact opposite of that. Her honesty and growth are inspiring and challenging in the best ways.
One In a Million Boy: I adored this book and it’s one I would never have read from the description. It’s a sweet exploration of relationships, loss, and differentness in a world that desperately wants us to be the same. Intergeneration relationships are usually a win for me too.
Us Against You: A friend highly recommended Beartown to me this summer and I devoured it. I was skeptical because I knew a bit of the content and I’m usually pretty sensitive to sexual violence. I still think you should read Beartown, it’s not graphic, but you feel the necessary pain of everything the story entails. This is the follow up to that, and while I didn’t love it quite as much, it was still a thought-provoking and beautiful read.
Preach to Yourself: I pre-ordered and then waited not-so-patiently for this book because it’s no secret to me that my biggest enemy is the one in my own head. I can implode faster than anything else could ever take me down. I’m so grateful for Hayley Morgan’s graceful challenge to change the narrative in our head.
A Clearing in the Distance: I’m not sure what it says about my reading life that I had stumbled across Frederick Law Olmstead’s name in several books I’ve read in the last year. It rung a bell and I remembered that Modern Mrs. Darcy had talked about this biography as a great one. She was right, it reads like a beautiful narrative and gives such deep insight to a critical turning point in our nations’ history and how we were shaped and shaped our own world by the institutions and physical spaces we were creating.
The Princess and The Goblin: It always surprises my kids when we read a book aloud and I don’t know what’s coming next. Shockingly, I’d never read this classic. It’s is such a great family read aloud in the way most classic kids books are, it carries the weight of being both simple and profound at the same time.