It's been another one of those weeks that I'm happy to see behind us. Between the Nor'easter, 17" of snow here and, the frigid temps which followed, I'm definitely suffering from some cabin fever. We also had a loved one with pneumonia which resulted in a 2 day hospital stay in the midst of Storm Stella (home now and doing well). Enough of winter already.
I did manage to finish (3) books last week and enjoyed them all. 2 out of 3 were audio books
What I Know for Sure; Oprah Winfrey
(read by author - so awesome)
Macmillan Audio - 2014
(My Thoughts) - This audio book was just what I needed this week. The book is read by Oprah herself and she does a marvelous job. It's very heartfelt and inspirational. Told as a short series of essays on a variety of topics, organized by theme: joy, resilience, connection, gratitude possibility, awe, clarity and power, I found myself nodding my head and surprised by many of the things that Oprah struggled with had been issues for me as well throughout my adult life. There were a few parts that really resonated with me and made me tear up because it hit so close to home. No there is nothing earth shattering that we all have not heard at some point in our lives but, her words are powerful and inspirational. I may need to purchase the print version and reread this one at the beginning of each new year --- loved it. (5/5 stars)
Books for Living; Will Schwalbe
Random House Audio - 2016
(Jeff Harding -Narrator)
(My Thoughts) - This is another audio book that was amazing. My first experience with this author was his audio version of, The End of Your Life Book Club, a non fiction offering, which I loved, where Schwalbe and his mother, who was dying of pancreatic cancer, read and discussed various books during her illness. It was a way to share their love of books and briefly escape from the reality of impending death. In Books for the Living, the author shares his love of reading and the books that made a difference in his life. He asks the reader, Why is it That We Read? Is it to Pass Time? To Learn Something New? To Escape From Reality? For the author he states, It is a form of entertainment, to become a better person and to help make sense of the world. He discusses some 27 books (20 of which I've read) and what they meant to him. Of course since my reading taste seemed to mesh with his, I found myself adding (3) new books to my must read list: The Importance of Living; Lin Yutang (which he mentions over and over again); Bird by Bird; Anne Lamott and A Tale for the Time Being; Ruth Ozeki. A must read for book lovers who understand the magical power of books. (5/5 stars)
Every Living Thing; Cynthia Rylant
Modern Curriculum Press - 1988
(My Thoughts) - This book is targeted at the middle grade student and I know a blogger (?) had recommended it years back so I purchased it. It is a lovely collection of (12) very short stories in which an animal has made a profound effect on a human being. I can see how this book would be a great teaching tool in the classroom. Quick read for adults but, very thought provoking. (4/5/5 stars)
(4) new book arrivals came by mail last week.
- The Futures; Ana Pitoniak (Amazon Vine) (Lee Bourdeaux Books)
- Green Pants; Kenneth Kraegel (Candlewick Press)
- Rain; Sam Usher (Templar Publishing)
- Matylda Bright & Tender; Holly McGhee
- The Futures; Ana Pitoniak (ARC - from Amazon Vine) (Lee Bourdeaux Books) (good)
- lll Will; Dan Chaon (eGalley - Ballantine Books) (very good but, a challenge)
- Swing Time; Zadie Smith (the audio is good but, put me to sleep several nights - think I need the print version)
Enjoy Your Weekend!