I want to start off this post with wishes of a happy October and a heart full of thankfulness. I truly am grateful for those who read this little blog of mine and have supported me along the way. Knowing that my words are doing something to your soul for you to come back again and again, is such a blessing. Reading a comment or hearing you enjoyment in person means an awful lot to me! Again, thank thank thank you tenfold!!
As we usher in this new month, I am really excited for all the books I plan to read. One of the best feelings in the world is having overwhelming gladness over your to-be-read list!!! 🙂
I also made a milestone recently…
I have read 50 books this year!
At first, I was not super excited about this because I knew I should be further along if I plan to finish 75 books by December 31st.
I am a huge planner and seeing that I am behind makes me anxious.
But then I remember that reading is not about goals.
It is about learning, understanding, deep thinking, and enjoying myself!
Although, in the end, I do love goals, I am always reminding myself that this goal is not the end of the world!!!
So I am content with the 6 books I read in September and in the 50 I have read in 2020.
Here’s to 25 more! 🙂
Now let’s get to the list!!!!
- Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Alrighty, so please read this book and be ready to be transformed. There was no doubt this month that this was my favorite.
I left with so many lessons learned. Albom wrote such a heartbreaking and heartwarming story with such eloquence.
It is about a man who finds out his old college professor and friend, Morrie Schwartz, is dying of ALS. Despite having broken his promise of staying in touch, he decides to visit him. These visits become a weekly arrangement on…(you guessed it) Tuesdays!
I could go on and on about this book but think it was amazing to see a friendship that not only bridged an age gap but showed us the value of all humanity. From a child to a middle aged man to a man slowly dying. Morrie used so much of his last days to be selfless and be the teacher he always was. He decided to embrace dying and live better by accepting his fate. And most importantly, he continued to talk to Albom about what is crucial and valuable even if it is not what the culture is saying holds worth.
One thing that blows me away is how Morrie was always humble and teachable but never stopped sharing and teaching. He showed how it is possible to be a humble person while sharing wisdom.
I hope the people of my generation will see how important it is to not push away life’s big questions and never look down on anyone due to age. If they are 7 or 70, you might be surprised by what they can teach you!
- Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
So I think I found one of my new favorite authors! I have read 4 of her books so far and I am reading 3 more of hers at the moment. I love her relatable writing style and the apparent time she puts into studying her subject.
Shout is a memoir of Anderson’s life, experience with sexual trauma, and advocacy for speaking up against sexual abuse.
And guys, it was amazing. Having to write a memoir makes my head hurt. Having to write a memoir with poems makes my head throb. But she makes it seem so effortless and genuine.
After finishing this book, I left thinking about how important it is to take care of your mental health and to have people you can always talk to. Harboring anxiety, anger or other feelings without ever sharing them, can be so detrimental.
- The Reptile Room from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Good ol’ Snicket is on the list again!
I am making my way through A Series of Unfortunate Events again, and I am cherishing every hilarious moment.
The Baudelaire orphans barely escaped Count Olaf’s clutches in the first book and are now on their way to a fresh start with a new guardian.
I feel like I should not say a lot more because this is a series and The Reptile Room is the second book. Sorry and not sorry! Think of this as an incentive to pick up the series! 🙂
The unrelenting humor and original storytelling found in Snicket’s books is always a winner!
- Bound by Donna Jo Napoli
I have always been a fan of fairy tales and all the versions around the world that have survived and are retold over and over again. This one is a Cinderella retelling set in China! I loved how the author used historical rituals as in the painful binding of women’s feet to shrink them for marriage while keeping the magic of a fairy tale. The protagonist was likeable, and the parallels to the classic tale we know and love were pretty darn cool!
My only complaint was that there were sections including the ending that felt rushed. But do not let that hold you back from this lovely story!
- Goodbye, Vietnam by Gloria Whelan
I am a sucker for Whelan’s books. She mostly writes historical fiction which always gets Kenedy interested. This one was about a family of Vietnamese refugees. It is their journey of leaving Vietnam to go to Hong Kong.
Though it is a work of fiction, it really encompasses much unfortunate reality for the real refugees. Whelan has such a comforting way of setting the tone of a story and immediately can get you hooked into the culture and surroundings of the characters.
While this is not her best work, I love how she seems to care for the sufferings of others and continues to give us literature that opens our eyes to the vast world around us.
(My favorite Whelan book(s) is Homeless Bird or her St. Petersburg quartet. You should check them out too!)
~ Kenedy M.