A few good books…

Who needs a good man when you’ve got a few good books? Wait a minute. I do. I need my good man to bring me a glass of wine and that almond toffee dark chocolate I love when I’m too busy reading to fend for myself. And maybe a little foot rub? Is that asking too much? Poor Aaron. He doesn’t even know I’m teasing him. (He never reads my blog! :))

Anyway, I’ve read some pretty amazing books lately and I thought I’d share. I’ll give you all my advice and recommendations for free, but I’d love it if you’d return the favor by leaving a comment with the title of the best book you’ve read recently. I’m in the market for a few new page turners.

Enjoy!

I should have read this book ages ago, but the truth is I was scared. I heard it was a powerful, heartbreaking book and I just didn’t feel up to it. But I sucked it up last week and read The Book Thief in a handful of furious, snatched moments. I think I actually skimmed it and should probably read it again. Either way, it was worth all the hype and more. This is a gorgeous, painful book that does not end with rainbows and sunshine. If you like your stories neat, stay far away. But if you’re willing to cry over a book, and rejoice in glimmers of hope, this WWII story is for you. Have tissues handy.

I’m not much of a fantasy/sci-fi person, but I will happily admit that Patrick Rothfuss is brilliant and his books blow my mind. The world that he has created in The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear (the second book in his Kingkiller Chronicles) is so fully realized the books almost read like a historical series to me. It’s all in the details, my friends. Love, love these books. Pure entertainment.

Parenting is crazy-hard and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying through their teeth. I’ll take advice anywhere I can get it, but I’ve never been a big fan of parenting books. Until now. Making Children Mind without Losing Yours by Dr. Kevin Leman is all about reality-based discipline instead of knee-jerk punishment. And boy, does it make sense. Our sons are really responding to his techniques, and I feel much calmer and more in control of my home. This mama is loving it.

Cutting for Stone is a novel that I read like poetry. If I inhaled The Wise Man’s Fear, I savored Cutting for Stone, relishing each well-turned phrase and immersing myself in the vivid East African setting that Abraham Verghese paints with such poignancy. This is a remarkable book on so many levels, but one of the things that I enjoyed the most is Verghese’s portrayal of Ethiopia. I feel like I understand a small sliver of all that is my son’s country of birth, and I am awed by what I know. But whether or not you have a heart for Ethiopia, this is definitely a must-read book.

Your turn: Read any good books lately? Do share…

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