Monday, February 20, 2017

The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg

I have loved everything I've read by Fannie Flagg. I love Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe so much that I even own a copy. :)

And once again, Fannie Flagg has given us a delightful book that spans generations of families that live in Elmwood Springs. Warm and wholesome, but Fannie Flagg does have a wicked sense of humor, and there's always some twisty, dark element that resolves with a nice and unexpected surprise.

If you've never tried a Fannie Flagg book, and are looking for some sweet fun, The Whole Town's Talking is a great place to start!

PS: This also falls under my Gentle Reading Category. :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Up a Road Slowly by Irene Hunt

I wanted to read this book as a young girl, maybe 4th or 5th grade, but my mom told me that it was "too grown up" for me to read. So I didn't read it and forgot all about it. Until my mom gave me a box of my childhood books to store at my house last week and I found it in the box. I thought, "I think I'm grown up enough to read this now!"

A lovely coming-of-age story about Julie whose mom dies when Julie is only seven years old. Julie goes to live with her aunt in the country.

Full of strong feelings and some uncomfortable teenage feelings.

Monday, February 13, 2017

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

Not too long ago, I ate Cheez-Its like crazy and Doritos whenever I could. In those days, I had heard about this book, but I didn't want to read it because I knew it would challenge me about what I ate.

Fast forward to last spring when I had to make some dietary changes for a medical reason. I haven't had a Cheez-It or Dorito since last June. (Is that amazing or sad? Or both?) The way I eat is drastically different from how I used to eat. For example, I used to eat breakfast for dinner a lot (pancakes, French toast). Now, I eat dinner for breakfast! (Salad, veggies, meat, cheese, etc.)

Yes, of course, I miss eating lots of yummy snacks and desserts!! At the same time, I also like the way I eat now. I'm more full, I don't spend lots of energy thinking about how to eat more sugar, I have more energy, and I sleep really well!

So I thought that maybe reading In Defense of Food wouldn't be so offending to me now. And it wasn't. Pollan is an advocate of eating real food, mostly vegetables, and staying far, far away from the processed yummies.

A fairly short and convincing read. But I would recommend eating all of those Cheez-Its and bagels and Doritos before you start reading this book!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Bridge Ladies: A Memoir by Betsy Lerner

Bridge and mother-daughter relationships. A so-so read for me, but I found the ending quite touching.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

I had just checked out a stack of books from the library. I was reading, and Boomer was just sitting there, so I handed him Dark Matter and suggested he give it a try. It's science fiction and he's a fan of science fiction. He started reading and finished the book in two sittings. The next day, after he had finished, I picked it up, and I read it in a day. It was so good, but trippy!

Jason Dessen is heading back home after picking up some ice cream for his family when he's kidnapped. When he wakes up, he's still Jason Dessen, but not in the same life that he was in before. Who is he? Where is he? How does he find his way back to his life and family?

Highly recommended, but be prepared for a trip!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

All the Pretty Things by Edie Wadsworth

The subtitle is: The Story of a Southern Girl Who Went Through Fire To Find Her Way Home

A page-turner in the vein of Jeannette Walls' The Glass Castle. However, it seemed like some pretty major events and their consequences were glossed over (i.e. sexual abuse, divorce, etc.) so it seemed like there were parts missing and I didn't get the whole story.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery

"What we don't know about ourselves can and will hurt us, not to mention others. As long as we stay in the dark about how we see the world and the wounds and beliefs that have shaped who we are, we're prisoners of our history. We'll continue going through life on autopilot doing things that hurt and confuse ourselves and everyone around us. Eventually we become so accustomed to making the same mistakes over and over in our lives that they lull us to sleep. We need to wake up." --Brother Dave as quoted in The Road Back to You
The Enneagram says that there are nine distinct personality types and ways of how people see the world. In order to protect ourselves from feeling vulnerable, we adapt ways of thinking, doing, and feeling. These adaptations are on a continuum of healthy and unhealthy.

The Road Back to You explains each Enneagram type and what it's like for each type to be in the world, in relationships, and at work. There is also a section describing what transformation for each type would look like.

An effective book because of its clear writing and also the personal stories included. If you're looking for a way to understand yourself better and those around you, this is a great introduction to the Enneagram.