Good Books

Thursday, May 9, 2013

I've been on a reading kick lately. Sometimes I go through a dry spell with "nothing" to read and "nothing" that sounds good to me. Then all of the sudden I'm jammed with books and I can't keep my tired eyes open long enough at the end of the day to satisfy my brain's need for more.

These are the books that have been feeding me recently:

It kind of hurt for me to give this one back to the library. I pretty much geeked out over this nonfiction page-turner. If you were around me during the few weeks I was reading it, I probably bent your ear about "introverts" and "group work" and "Susan Cain has a window to my soul!" Reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talkingwritten by a former lawyer who isn't a huge fan of conflict, felt like reading my own inner thoughts - with way more research and big words. The chapter on Free Trait Theory especially rang true for me:
According to Free Trait Theory, we are born and culturally endowed with certain personality traits - introversion, for example - but we can and do act out of character in service of "core personal projects." In other words, introverts are capable of acting like extroverts for the sake of work they consider important, people they love, or anything they value highly.
This, basically, explains my life. Quiet has influenced the way I see myself, the way I view others, how I analyze my children, and how I parent. I really must buy my own copy so I can re-read it and underline the heck out of it.

Traveling Mercies was my first Anne Lamott book. I enjoyed it! I'm not going to run out and read all of her books, but how can you argue with this truth:
Don't get me wrong: grief sucks; it really does. Unfortunately, though, avoiding it robs us of life, of the now, of a sense of living spirit.
. . . courage is fear that has said its prayers.
That's good. This book is a memoir, of how Anne came to know God, her many trials (think alcohol, drugs, etc), parenthood, caring for aging parents, and just, well, life. Her life might not look like yours, but that's kind of the point: God loves us, all.

Katrina Kenison sucked me in because I saw this video, and I was a goner.

The Gift of an Ordinary Day is all about transition: how her family moved, how her two boys grew up, and how she got used to it all. Parts of this book had me thinking, "What? How could you?" and parts gripped me with sympathy. I couldn't put it down and I definitely treasure my ordinary days more now.

Read any good books lately?

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2 Responses to “Good Books”

  1. Hi Courtney- I am reading An Ordinary Day too! Just finished The 5 Love Languages of Children and truly loved it.(Chapman and Campbell)

  2. Sounds like some good reads! I just finished Sparkly Green Earrings last week. Hilarious, touching, and all around a great motherhood book. I ordered the Homemaker's Bundle of books last week and am excited to get started on those.