What I Read: November
While recovering from surgery, I had extra time to read this month. The content consumed ranged from lighthearted to difficult to read. At the conclusion of a few of the fictional books, I was left to deal with all the emotion I experienced while reading. As I sat with it all, I was reminded how grateful I am for the opportunity to read books that challenge me and push me to grow.
Have you read a book that has challenged you lately? Leave a comment with any recommendations at the end of the post.
The Other Americans by Laila Lalami
Rating: three stars
Thoughts: Written from the perspective of several characters dealing with the aftermath of a fatal hit-and-run accident in which a Moroccan immigrant is killed, the book is part mystery, party love story.
While the book held my attention enough to get through it, it isn’t one I’d highly recommend. I had high hopes the book would redeem itself, but upon reading the final chapter I was left with several loose ends. It could be argued this was intentional, but left me a bit disappointed. The book did open my eyes to new perspectives, and for that, it was worth reading.
The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
Rating: four stars
Thoughts: After reading Stephen King’s memoir, On Writing, it felt right to read some of his work. Not into horror, my husband recommended this book. I was skeptical based on the title, but it goes to show you can’t judge a book by its cover. This book was delightful!
A fairytale about a kingdom in turmoil after a king is allegedly murdered by the heir to the throne, the book is full of wit and keeps you turning the page. The characters are captivating and you are left to puzzle together how it will all end up to the very last page.
Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris
Rating: five stars
Thoughts: Required reading following The Tattooist of Auzchwitz. Although the book is a work of fiction, it shares more of Cilka’s story of survival against great odds.
Detailing Cilka’s life after her departure from Auschwitz-Birkenau, we walk with Cilka through her sentence at the Vorkuta gulag in Siberia. An emotional read, this book gives voice to unimaginable circumstances that must be remembered. Inspirational and heartbreaking, this is a book I won’t ever forget.
Build Your Author Platform with a Purpose by Mimika Cooney
Rating: three stars
Thoughts: This book provided an overview of platform building that writers can reference as a resource as they work toward building their platform – a necessary component of the writing life. The author shared strategies alongside her own personal experience to highlight what worked as well as what didn’t for her personally.
December Reading List
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
In Want + Plenty by Meredith McDaniel (releasing January 2020)
When Less Becomes More by Emily Ley
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