I’m back with a few more book recommendations! I’ll be honest, I’ve been off my reading game lately. I have about a dozen books sitting next to my bed waiting to be read, and I just keep ordering more (thanks Amazon Prime). But with summer coming to an end and my non-stop running around hopefully subsiding as well, I’m making a point to get back to the book nerd I’ve always been. Be ready for parts 4 and 5 sooner than later.
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
I actually read this book (along with another novel of Flynn’s, Sharp Objects) when I first moved to Chicago. I didn’t include it in either Sorry, I’m Booked or Sorry, I’m Booked Again, but I regularly recommend it when asked by friends. I didn’t read Gone Girl prior to seeing it in theaters but I took a leap of faith and bought two more of Flynn’s books; and I wasn’t disappointed. The story follows now-adult Libby Day, who is one of two Day children who survived her family’s murder. The other survivor was the one convicted of committing the crime, her own brother. She ends up in touch with a large group of people who follow crimes who believe that her brother is innocent, and in an attempt to replenish the little money she had left; she agrees to hear them out and answer questions. Charlize Theron plays in the film based off of this book, but it never really took off.
Your Song Changed my Life by Bob Boilen
I bought this book from a record store in Nashville called Grimey’s. The end of my Nash trip was full of music thanks to my close friend Hannah, so this book was the perfect souvenir. Filled with different musicians’ personal connections, memories, and roots in music; it’s an easy, inspiring read and shows the other side of the songs and albums that make us so damn happy.
Hourglass by Dani Shapiro
After Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter, posted a quote from Hourglass; I DMed her right away to ask what the excerpt was from. One quick reply and a few clicks later, Shapiro’s novel was on its way to my little Chicago apartment. This is probably my favorite book I’ve read this year (last year’s was Dear Mr. You by Mary Louise Parker). Though I’m not particularly keen on the idea of marriage just yet and this novel is largely in parts about it, I think it speaks a lot on life and relationships in general. Dani’s wisdom and insight on life and love is something I definitely strive for as I grow up.
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
This book was the recommendation of a someone close and I wasn’t at all surprised at how much I ended up loving it. It’s sold over 2 million copies and has been translated into over 30 different languages, for a very good reason. I said previously that The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck changed my life, and it definitely did. The Power of Now takes a much more spiritual and thought-out route in doing so, and I read it at a time that I genuinely needed it most. I wouldn’t say it’s for everyone or that it’s a quick effortless read, but for those looking to get lost and find something much, much greater in return; I’d recommend grabbing a copy.
What’re you reading right now?