What I Read: October
Fall has arrived. As daylight steadily diminishes, a good book and a hot cup of tea seem to be the perfect remedy as the warm days of summer depart. Below, I’m sharing the books I read in October as well as the next few books I plan to enjoy as the days grow shorter and the temperatures continue to drop.
On Writing by Stephen King
Rating: 4 stars
Thoughts: A practical, straightforward, and honest look into the writing life. Stephen King shares both struggles and triumphs that continue to influence his career.
Perfecting his craft for decades, King offers no easy way out for those who pursue the writing life. His humor will charm you and you will end the book with a better understanding of who he is and what he stands for.
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Rating: 4 stars
Thoughts: A glimpse into the life of Michelle Obama, this book highlights all that contributed to who she is becoming. I appreciated her transparency surrounding the highs and lows of life in politics – a path she never planned for herself. She beautifully articulated the responsibility as well as the pain and heartache that can be associated with a public identity.
Though well written, the book became tedious at certain intervals. Recommended for anyone interested in discovering what life is like behind the scenes in the White House.
Preach to Yourself by Hayley Morgan
Rating: 3 stars
Thoughts: This book left me wanting more at the end, but served as a great primer on the topic.
I better understand the why behind negative loops. The book also helped me realize there are no quick fixes when it comes to battling your inner critic.
The last few chapters shared practical tips on how to fight your inner critic, which I enjoyed the most. It just took a while to get to the good stuff.
November Reading List
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
The Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King
The Other Americans by Laila Lalami (Book Club Pick)
When Less Becomes More by Emily Ley
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