There’s nothing like international travel for creating more time to read. (Especially when you book economical flights with long layovers.) It took us almost 24 hours to get from our home in Indiana to Trujillo, Peru. Lots of good reading time and an insight into my psyche.
My favorite read of the month was The Penderwicks. Since, I’m not homeschooling any more and my youngest is 16, I’m looking for ways to share this great book.
Bonus: Today, I had a 4-year-old crawl up on my lap with a book to read. This doesn’t happen often anymore.
The Girl on the Train
I’m probably one of the few people on the planet who didn’t like Girl on the Train.
Yes, it was a riveting page turner.
However, the depravity of the characters left me depressed.
The grinding life of an unemployed alcoholic takes a turn when an acquaintance goes missing. The tangled relationships leaves you wondering who’s good, who’s bad, who’s lying and who’s not. Lots of mystery, lots of ugly secrets. Like I said, depressing.
5 Stars! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this whimsical story. (That’s a lotta love.) I’m thinking about reading it to the teens in my carpool, since I don’t have any little kids to read it too. I’ll be giving it to my nieces and nephews, too, when I get the chance.
Four motherless girls on vacation with their father and chronicles their romps with pets, neighbors and each other: a simple, but satisfying plot.
I loved the uplifting, engaging characters. Real heroes. Great values. Whimsical.
How to Fly a Horse
I got bogged down in the middle of this tome, but parts of it were fascinating. I didn’t follow the progression of the argument till the end.
The bottom line: There’s no such thing as creative genius. Only hard work, partnership, team work and motivation to create.
My favorite section was the raw spaghetti noodle tower challenge, in which groups of kindergarteners built higher towers than the groups of CEOs, lawyers or business school students.
I have not read Eat, Love, Pray, Elizabeth Gilbert’s best selling memoir.
Big Magic is not a memoir, though it does include personal stories. Instead, in delves into the life of creatives. There’s a lot to like in this book, including exceptional writing.
I’m a little confused, though, about Gilbert’s main thesis. She started out saying that ideas roam the earth looking for a person to inhabit. They come and go as they please and are swapped out from one person to another. She ends the book saying that the keys to creating are discipline and perseverance, whether the muse strikes or not. Which is it?
A Walk in the Woods
Bryson tells the story of hiking the Appalachian Trail with a friend or two. (Well, he hiked part of it.) Lots of history and wildlife lore interwoven with the story. There were a few funny moments.
Occasionally rude passages and a sprinkling of language almost kept me from finishing it. I’m still not sure if it was worth the time I spent reading it.
The New Rules for Love, Sex and Dating
I appreciate Andy Stanley’s position on a controversial subject. But, as he talks honestly where people are today, it’s discouraging to see how far the culture has strayed from Judeo-Christian values. Lots of good information for different ages, but I’d say this book is geared to young adults who have messed up their dating life. I’m not sure if I’d recommend it to young teens or not.
I’m still gleaning picks from the best of 2015 lists, because, why not?
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What are your great reads this month?