Linking with Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcy for Twitterature, where we share short reviews of what we’ve been reading lately. Here are my books and then head over to Modern Mrs. Darcy to read many more titles!
We’ve been on the road for over a month. We’ve flown across the country, taken nearly every form of transportation possible in North America, stayed in a myriad of homes and hotels and had a ton of conversations. It’s been wonderful and exhausting. And I’ve learned how much I love reading as an introvert recharge time. Here’s what I’ve read this past month.
Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler
A woman arrives in Montreal to an arranged marriage. The man sponsors her immigration into Canada from war torn Eastern Europe, she’s a Jew and it’s after World War II. Three months after her baby is born, she disappears. The mystery of who she really is and what she did during the war grows as her family shares snippets of what she shared with them. It’s a fascinating read by a Canadian author, I picked it up while on vacation at a charming used bookstore on Vancouver Island.
Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe by Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson
This was on my first Kindle downloads and it’s been on my list to read forever. Written by a young mom in the full trenches of motherhood and an older mom looking back on her motherhood years, this is the book I want to give to all my mama friends. Sally Clarkson is a voice of wisdom and hope as she shares from her journey, gives hope and gives perspective (it’s hard, don’t give up). Sarah Mae is the friend next door as she shares about the right now, the lack of sleep, the challenge with spirited children and balancing all the relationships.
Again, one of those on my to-read lists for a long time. This book was exactly what I wanted it to be and what I hoped it would be. It speaks to all who create, all who want to create and who all think they can’t create. It speaks to the fact that we are all artists and that the world needs our art- the art of living fully in the way and with the gifts we were given. I create with food, with words and with pictures. I can’t draw or paint to save my life but I call myself a creative. This book made me feel alive.
Cold Tangerines: Celebrating The Extraordinary Nature Of Everyday Life by Shauna Niequist
This was my book for our cross-country flight and it was perfect. I cried and laughed and felt understood. To read a book that invites you to see the everyday extraordinary just before embarking on a crazy long trip was perfect. Shauna has a gift of writing from her own life in a way that makes me appreciate my own everyday life.
I lumped these three novels together because I read them fast and all together while spending a week at my inlaws. They are great books for reading when you have several free hours (or lots of self discipline!) and need an escape from all.the.wonderful! people. I enjoyed being pulled into a good story with lots of drama, well-developed characters and gripping story lines.
What good books have you read this month?
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