What’s on my night stand? (Or my audible player?):
I Am Malala
by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai
This has been on my TBR list since it first came out, but I never seem to make time for non-fiction. I have found my rhythm though, and as I commute an hour into work every morning, I listen to a podcast or non-fic selection. This is the latest on my Audible player. Malala became a household name when she was shot in the head at just 16 years old for standing up for the right of girls to access education in Pakistan. Today, she is a Nobel Peace Prize winner and an advocate for girls education around the world. Both her passion and her personal story piqued my interest. I’m enjoying hearing more about her culture, her home in the Swat Valley, her close relationship with her father, and her passion for education. Definitely recommend this one, and the audio version is great!
Bird by Bird
by Anne Lamott
Another non-fiction checked off my list! This instructional manual on writing kept me company on my morning commute, inspired me as entered my workplace each day, and made me think about my creative writing in the evenings. I would definitely recommend this one for any writer (warning: there is a small amount of coarse language), both for the value it brings inherently and for the thought-provoking way Lamott addresses the writing life. Bird by Bird is full of humor and real life.
by Diann Mills
This Christian suspense novel made it onto my stack this month. I’ve often read Diann Mills with differing opinions: I like her well enough to pick up another novel, but not so well that I seek her out. Deep Extraction basically fit the same bill. There were definitely parts of this story of an FBI special agent and a US Marshal deputy investigating the suspicious death of their mutual friend that were unbelievable. At the same time, the crime story was entertaining enough to keep me reading until the end. There were a few false leads, twists and turns to keep things interesting, but not a brilliant plot line.
Over Maya Dead Body
I didn’t expect to enjoy Sandra Orchard’s Another Day, Another Dali as much as I did, but while I couldn’t quite put my finger on the reason, I fell for it as a quick, fun read. So when I saw the third in the series, I went for it. Again, I blazed through this one in just two or three sittings. While not the most original plot lines, I’m drawn to the character of Serena Jones. She’s a young Christian woman, working on her career, with a good (but quirky) family and some adventures ahead of her. These books don’t dig deep into dysfunction, but I have to admit, I rather relate to the pretty straightforward life Serena lives. One way or another, Over Maya Dead Body was another fun one for me!
Your Magnificent Chooser
by John Ortberg
I love that this is an accessible children’s book that makes an abstract idea of choice into an identifiable, even understandable, concept. Of course, at the moment this is far beyond Fiona’s comprehension, but with starting now, I know that as she grows she will begin to understand choice, and making right choices, from the very start. For now, she can enjoy the delightful illustrations and beautiful cadence of the rhymes as I read it aloud to her. Definitely a keeper!