Is the opposite of a reading slump a reading surge? I'm having a surge, and I hope you are too! Here's what I've finished up lately:
Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy
This book was definitely good at providing insights as to how to tackle challenging presentations, meetings, events, and whatever else. Although I appreciated all of the examples and research that was shared to flesh it all out, I know I could have gotten just as much out of it if it were condensed down to maybe a one-pager, or perhaps if I were to just watch the author’s Ted Talk. I think the main takeaway from both the talk and the book is to pose like Wonder Woman for a minute or two before you’re about to do the scary thing. Then you feel powerful!
The Other's Gold by Elizabeth Ames
I would really like for one of the six of you to read this book so that we can discuss it. There’s a LOT to mull over, and it would be a perfect read for book clubs. The premise sounds a little flighty – four different women meet freshmen year in college and deal with their crazy lives with their friendship always there to help prop them up. What made it a book I can’t stop thinking about are the events that happened within – far beyond the typical unfaithfulness and pregnancy loss and mental illness you’re likely to find in any other book with this sort of setup. I didn’t care for most of the characters, I didn’t care for the ending….but as the days go by since I’ve turned the last page – I’m still chewing on it and starting to think it was actually really good. Must talk about!
Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me by Adrienne Brodeur
The thing that kills me about this book about a mother who involves her 14 year old daughter in the managing of her affair, is that it’s a memoir. If this were a novel, I would probably think, “Pish posh, would any mother really behave in the way that this *character* behaved?” But the answer is apparently yes, and I honestly had a blast reading the author dissect all of her decisions and relationships and mommy issues. It could’ve been boring. But it wasn’t! I would recommend.
Next up: Our book club selection is definitely not one I would've normally selected, but so far I'm enjoying it and there's SO MUCH FOOD in this book that I'm constantly hungry. I need to finish it fast or I'm going to go up a dress size before book club meets again.
How about you?
Mom of four, wife of one. By day I fund-raise with coffee, by night I read with wine and chocolate.