Friday, May 13, 2016

What I've Been Reading

Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy for What I've Been Reading Lately. 

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman - Ove is a fussy, cranky curmudgeon and I loved him. Loved him! The way he spoke of his wife alone was enough to make you weep. "But if anyone had asked, he would have told them that he never lived before he met her. And not after either." Be still my heart. If you read one book this summer - this is it!

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert - I had heard so much about this book but was admittedly skeptical. (By way of example, ideas leap from one person to another if you don't take hold of the idea quick enough. Umm, say what?) But this book delivered. To put Gilbert's message succinctly: Just get over yourself and write (or paint or photograph or create in whatever medium you do best). This book was a kick in the pants I needed at just the right time. Swift kick duly noted and much appreciated, Elizabeth. 

The Bookseller by Cynthia Swanson - Kitty Miller co-owns and runs a bookstore. In the life she almost lead, she doesn't. The book takes you back and forth between what is and what could have been. The plot is enjoyable but the story didn't "move me," the way it did other readers. Put it in the enjoyable way to spend an evening or two, but I would have lived if I hadn't category. 

All Marketers Are Liars by Seth Godin- One of my kiddos is a certifiable bookworm. He and I share equal amounts of glee when library books arrive. This was a Mother/Son read from Instagram. I think he fared better with The Lorax than I did on All Marketers Are Liars (which has since been renamed to All Marketers Tell Stories). My primary issue with this book is that, unlike Godin, I don't think the truth is elusive. I just think marketers (among others) make it elusive! An interesting take on how stories shape advertising, but I don't feel any better informed or better equipped as a consumer after having read this.


  1. I was skeptical of Big Magic as well, mainly because EVERYONE was talking about it and I usually try to avoid major bestsellers, but it may be the kick in the pants I need to start writing! A Man Called Ove has been on my TBR list and I need to read it soon!

    I am visiting from QuickLit linkup. Here are my april reads:

    1. Yes, Big Magic will definitely kick start you and your writing. Read it!