Monday, October 16, 2017

The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

This was recommended to me by several parents of twenty-somethings as well as a few twenty-somethings themselves. Even though the 20s are long gone for me, it was actually super helpful to put some kind of developmental frame on what needs to get done in your 20s so that you're not entering your 30s or 40s lost....

Friday, October 13, 2017

A Re-read: Paris in Love by Eloise James

I don't even know how many times I've read Paris in Love. Whenever I want a fun pick-me-up, I check it out from the library and re-read it. Just noting that I re-read it yet again. It was thoughtful, fun, and plus she's in Paris. Always reminds me of being in Paris with Boomer and we got lost looking for the Eiffel Tower. Boomer kept saying, "It should be around here somewhere..."

Thursday, October 12, 2017

How to be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents About Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage by Jo Piazza

A fun and funny memoir, self-help, and travel book all rolled into one. As a newlywed, Jo Piazza travels around the world trying to figure out what makes marriage works. I was a bit skeptical about this one at first, but somehow it worked and ended up being a pretty fun read.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir by Ariel Levy

A memoir of an interesting and complicated life. A fast read but was only a so-so read for me.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Wow, this is how far behind I am in posting! I read this in the early summer and jotted down a note about the book: "A fine summer read about a movie star and her many marriages."

Well, it's not summer anymore, but this would make for a fun fall read too. It's kinda gossipy though.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg

Hi there! Phew! A lot has been going on in our family and home life, and it's just been in the last week that I've been able to think a little bit beyond our home. 

I am about 20 books behind, so I am gonna try to catch up by continuing to give you shorter posts each day until I'm caught up.

After reading Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In, I was a bit conflicted. You can read about my torn feelings here. Option B is about her experience of grief after her husband suddenly dies while they are on vacation. I liked Option B so much better. It was like hearing from a different Sheryl Sandberg, and I'm sure she is very changed after this devastating experience. She comes across as much more human, kind, and compassionate. She, along with Adam Grant, offer insights into grief and very practical ways to care for yourself and others.

One important thing I learned was to not say, "Just let me know if you need anything!" to someone going through a tough time. Offer something concrete. This was so helpful. So I texted my neighbor who is going through chemo right now to say, "I have banana bread for you. Can I bring it over? Or just leave it on your porch?"So much more helpful.

Monday, September 25, 2017

An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

I first heard about this book by my high school Humanities teacher. I saw it on the library shelf and checked it out. At 856 pages, this is not a lightweight read. And, as the title says, it's a tragedy. A tragedy about Clyde Griffiths and his desperate desire for success and social acceptance.

About 1/3 of the way through the book, I looked up this book on Amazon. The reviews generally had the theme of "Why did I read this book?" Aw man, I should have paid more attention. Because at the end of the 856 pages, I was also bemoaning the fact that I had read this book. It's quite the downer.