Next week, I’m going to share some of my thoughts on a few of the books I read this month around relationships and connection, so even though those aren’t on this list, rest assured they are FANTASTIC books – and look for that post to come. This week I’ll concentrate on my favorite books that were ones I randomly picked up from the library.
Although we didn’t like it as much as A Long Way From Chicago (Puffin Modern Classics), my son and I enjoyed reading the next installment of Grandma Dowdel’s zany ways. This one focused on Mary Alice’s year long stay with her Grandma. The stories weren’t quite as entertaining for my 9 year old son (probably since Mary Alice is a 15 year old girl), but he did get a kick out of seeing what Grandma was up to in each chapter. Had it been my 11 year old daughter reading it, she probably would have liked it better! My rating, 4 out of 5.
Another sequel this month – and a great one to read just before the movie of the first book (Me Before You) is released. Just like the first book, I liked this one a lot. It was a bit less dramatic and emotional than the first one – I didn’t find myself fighting tears at any point, but nonetheless it was an interesting and engaging story. The story picks up a year and a half after Will’s death, and follows Lou as she tries to move forward and truly live as Will imagined she could. There are some pretty funny scenes, some touching scenarios and some unexpected surprises. Solid follow up, just not the tear jerking roller coaster of the first one (can’t wait for the movie!!!). My rating 4 out of 5.
As you probably have figured out, I totally geek out on productivity and life coaching books – as I should! This is an older book, but full of wisdom. I love the way the author looks at a list of life areas he feels are critical to creating an amazing life and discusses in each chapter why he feels that way along with some concrete action steps to take EACH DAY to make improvements. Felt very similar to how I like to work with my life coaching clients – looking at our overall life versus just a small portion. My rating 4 out of 5.
What was the best book you’ve recently read? I am getting ready to fill up my hold requests at the library and need some new ones to add!
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