What’s on my night stand? (Or my audible player?):
I am absolutely loving the Inspector Gamache series, but I am trying to make it last all fall and at least up to the holidays. (Props to me if I can make it last all winter!) The Brutal Telling is the fifth in the Gamache series and at this point I love that I am getting to know all of the characters, including the best character of all — the town of Three Pines itself — a little more with each story. They are believable, enjoyable, engrossing mysteries. But it’s about so much more than murder, it’s about humans and emotions and real life. Penny’s writing has caused me to pause and think about my own life in new ways.
Wonder was a book club pick and I doubt I would have picked it up otherwise. But this well written middle grade novel is so worth the read! About a boy with a facial disfigurement starting middle school, I think there are aspects of Auggie’s life that we can all identify with. Making new friends, feeling out of place or self-conscious, finding our way, figuring out where we fit, learning who our true friends are — these are things we all must go through! I would HIGHLY recommend this for middle schoolers, and really for any reader interested in how kiddos tick.
Watch for a full review coming soon! Another Day Another Dali actually surprised me. Yes, it was fairly formulaic and pretty simple plot-wise, but it left me wanting to know more about Serena’s life, and maybe even be friends with her myself. It’s pretty fluffy, but given the chance, I’d pick up another Sandra Orchard novel to spend a few hours in Serena’s world.
I’m listening to this one on audio, and I have to admit, I’m not convinced yet. I heard about Minimalist Parenting from a conversation had on Tsh Oxenreider’s podcast, The Simple Show, episode 42. It piqued my interest when her co-host mentioned learning about the concept of a person’s “golden hours” (most productive time) and how to spend it after reading this book. However, I haven’t heard anything very eye-opening yet. And I’m not sure if it’s just be the narrator’s voice or the writing itself that feels patronizing…
This is another audio book I’m listening too on my way home from work or when I take Fi for a walk. It has taken me some time to get into, but I eventually became engaged in the story. That said, I’m not rushing back to it at every chance, and just yesterday I realized that while I’m not quite half way through, not much has actually happened yet! I’m sticking with it though. There is something very fairy tale-like in the telling of this childless couple happening upon a young girl in the deep woods of the Alaskan wilderness and slowly discovering who she is — and who they are.
I heard about The Quotidian Mysteries often enough from Modern Mrs. Darcy that I had to check it out for myself. I ordered the slim copy from Amazon and immediately began devouring it. The book all about daily ritual, liturgy, worship and laundry so fits into my life right now. I had to slow myself down so I wouldn’t miss out on the richness of it. Armed with a highlighter, I felt like this book spoke to something inside of me. I plan to let it settle for a while, and then read it again, perhaps in the depth of winter. Yes, I think this will be a good winter read.