I recently joined a book club, so now I’m reading books I definitely would not have picked myself. And that’s always a good thing, even if I didn’t end up loving the books. Here’s what I’ve read:

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

Okay. So I didn’t know this book was nonfiction until the end when I read the Writer’s Note. Wow. This book is incredibly well researched and well written. That being said, I didn’t love it. Part of the subtitle includes the word “hope,” and, to me, there wasn’t much hope in this book. Not that I need everything tied up in a bow; I’m fine with stories that, well, show the truth. And the truth of the matter in this story was, people’s lives are hard (understatement), unfair, and much of what happens to them is good or bad luck. I guess I just was really rooting for some hope, but there just wasn’t a lot. It’s an eye-opener, for sure.

The Buried Giant

I was really into this book for the first 25%. And then it lost me for much of the middle. And then I liked it again at the end. I’d describe this book as kind of fantasy, kind of based during the middle ages. In this story, a fog settles over the villages, making people forget their memory. Two of the protagonists set off from their village to find their son. The story follows their trek and the people they meet along the way. There are ENDLESS metaphors and parallels and such in this book. I liked the points the author made about memory, if it’s beneficial to sometimes forget, life, death, etc… That being said, I probably would have quit this book if it hadn’t been for book club because at times it was difficult to follow (I think this was on purpose, hence the memory theme). However, this was a great book club selection because we all got to chatting about what we understood, didn’t understand, all the weird and dark parts of this book, etc…

Love Warrior

This book could not possibly be MORE different that the other two books I read. I’ve read Glennon’s blog on and off throughout the years, and I enjoyed her first book, but I actually wasn’t sure I had much interest in reading this one. But then I figured I’d give it a try since I do love Glennon’s writing. I just wasn’t sure I’d find anything that resonated that much with me in this one.

WRONG!

This book isn’t just about Glennon’s marriage and her husband’s infidelity. It’s about SO MUCH MORE. Loving yourself. Acceptance. What is love really? Body issues. What does beautiful mean? And what about sexy? And how about sex and the complicated feelings around sex? I loved this book, I loved Glennon’s honesty, I love how she could take such a complicated topic and make it resonate and not ever sound self righteous or point blame.

I’m currently reading Truly, Madly, Guilty and loving it. Next on my radar: Dark Matter. What are you reading?

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Sarah is a thiry-something wife to an engineer and mother of three. She loves teaching aerobic and cycling classes, learning to shoot with her DSLR in manual mode, and drinking coffee.

  • Just added Love Warrior to my to-read list on Goodreads! It sounds good. I’m currently listening to Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed. So good because I can listen in chunks. I’m reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and loving it!

    • I loved Tiny Beautiful Things! I haven’t heard of Homegoing – I will check it out!