Books Read Last Week
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success
by Amy Morin
I read this on my phone, so it was like having a therapist in my back pocket for a few days. This book does inspire one to be their best self, to act like an adult, to quit being an idiot in general. The author generally steers away from buzzwords and annoying psycho-babble, but I did have a belly laugh over her description of what mindful eating looks like. I loved her stories of household names who were able to overcome obstacles, find mental strength, and be successful.
Thumbs down on her sneak preview of 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do. The first book is universal and solid. Throwing a second book out there specific to women feels like wringing as much money as possible out of what was basically a listicle fluffed into a book. It’s like when Sex and the City was a great TV series, and then it was an okay-ish movie, and then it was just a crap movie sequel. Stop while you’re ahead, I say.
Pair with: Something healthy like baby carrots, and eat them mindfully.
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
by Shirley Jackson
This whole book felt like someone’s hazy dream to me. While I can certainly appreciate a concise story, I felt that this was so sparse that I didn’t have a firm grip on what was going on at any given time. I can see why my book club opted for this story as a perfect creepy Halloween tale. I’m looking forward to seeing what the others thought. I’m seeing a lot of 3 star reviews from them on Goodreads, and I concur.
Pair With: A cup of tea, hold the arsenic-laced sugar. Sip while imaging walking on the corpses of people who terrorize you when you go into town.
That's it for last week! Currently I'm reading a 600+ pager about nuns and am halfway through a family saga that involves all of the best characters dying horrific deaths.
10/19/2018 10:06:46 am
Is that last one GoT???? Gotta be, right?
10/19/2018 10:11:49 am
Nope!! Good guess, though!
10/19/2018 10:27:10 am
Okay I felt the same way about the Shirley Jackson book. I just kept waiting for a scary part and there wasn't any. I felt like the whole time is this a dream or is it real life? Then I started reading other short stories written by her and I realized I just am not a fan of her style. I want more from her and I was let down in every story. Maybe I'm a conclusion type person and I just felt like there wasn't one??
10/19/2018 10:29:37 am
I think you just saved me the time of trying to read her other stories! I don't mind an ending that doesn't answer ALL of the questions, but I wouldn't mind some of the questions answered! Any of them!
10/20/2018 11:58:05 am
I'm just thinking back on how many of her stories I read in the last 2 weeks. It might have taken me10 stories before I realized I just don't like her stories .
10/20/2018 12:22:53 pm
Time to bless and release!
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