Hi Reading Friends– First can I let you know I’ve added a new page here. It’s the tab below The Thankful Heart title– and it’s called Booklist. For a long while I’ve kept a list of books-read in a little binder–just to remember good authors, titles I’d recommend. But I’ve moved them on to my blog–mostly because I love seeing other people’s books lists! As when you visit someone new and have the urge to saunter over and browse through the books on their shelves… So take a look of you’re equally nosey about what other people are reading!
And here’s a few recent books read, that I would say are worth your while…
Written by one of my favorite favorite bloggers, Shannan Martin– This books tells the her story. She and her husband Cory had prestigious jobs, their dream farmhouse on acreage and 3 beautiful kids adopted from around the world, when they felt God’s call on their lives to a new way of living. She’s funny and frank and feels like your best friend by the end of the book.
A Man called One by Fredrick Backman is the story of a Swedish curmudgeon who despairs of life after losing his beloved wife. When new neighbors moving in next door knock down his mailbox, it sets off a series of events that rattle Ove’s world. A tender book about an odd, but lovable man. (now a movie)
I ran out to find another Fredrick Backman book, soon as I had finished reading Ove! My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is the lively story of a young girl who delivers a series of apology notes from her crotchety grandmother after the old woman passes away and in the process our little heroine learns a lot about her family.
One of the most gripping books I’ve read, When Breath Becomes Air, was written by Paul Kalanithi in the last year of his life. Kalanithi was a 36 year old neurosurgeon, graduate of Stanford, Cambridge and Yale who talks about his life as a surgeon, a husband, a eventually a new father while he faces his last months fighting lung cancer. A brilliant man who continues to give through his writing. Epilogue by his wife, also a doctor.
When I read this story of one family’s amazing struggles living in the slums of India, I thought it was heart rending fiction. Only afterward did I find it was a story told from years of research in that actual place in Mumbai based on scores of interviews. Behind the Beautiful Forevers will change your heart toward India and it’s beautiful people. (Author Katherine Boo is a Pulitzer Prize winner)
In Pursue the Intentional Life, Jeanne Flemming wrote out of her collected quotes and writings and conversations she’d collected in her “old lady file”– things she wanted to remember when she came to this stage of life. It’s an insightful look at what is true and real and eternal. I loved her book A Mother’s Heart when I had small children, and now this new book is just what I need as I step into retirement!
Well, if you’re a fan of Downton Abbey (and I am!) you’ll love this book by Downtown’s script writer Julian Fellowes. Belgravia is the story of two families whose fortunes and family members intertwine and secrets are revealed as the book progresses. Set in the 1800’s after Waterloo in London’s fashionable Belgravia neighborhood. Great fun!
Thank you verdes-canas.blogspot.com for the book in a pocket pic.