It seems like whenever I get a chance to read lately, I’m binge reading. Forget the dirty dishes piling up in the sink. Forget the laundry that needs to be put away. I’ve got books to read.
My recent reading marathons may also be because of the cooler weather and my desire to do nothing other than cozy up inside on the couch with a blanket, a cup of hot cider and a good book.
I’m sure I’m not alone with my binge reading habits. When you find a good book it’s hard to put it down and that was definitely the case with all of these recent reads.
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The Sun Is Also A Star
This quick-read was right up my ally. I firmly believe that each and every action that is taken, word that is spoken and gesture that is made are part of a chain reaction that influences and ripples out into the rest of your life as well as the lives of others.
This story of two people’s less than ideal day turns into a series of instances that ultimately connect them and many of the people around them in unimaginable ways.
If you’re the kind of person who truly believes that a simple smile towards a stranger has the powerful ability to turn someone’s entire life around, you’ll love The Sun Is Also A Star as well.
The Whole30: The 30 Day Guide to Total Health & Food Freedom
I read this book not because I was interested in doing the Whole 30 program (I wouldn’t have near enough self control for that). I was simply interested in learning more about it. I was also curious about the recipes that they included in the book.
Now, let me first say, if you’ve actually done Whole30, hats off to you. I enjoy healthy food and the recipes sound delicious but it’s just not anything I have an interest in fully embracing in my life right now.
It was fascinating to read the science behind the method as well as the testimonials from those who have committed to Whole30 at one point or another and have experienced phenomenal health benefits. It is truly amazing how our body reacts to and reflects what we fuel it with.
When Breath Becomes Air
This book kept popping up on reading lists on Pinterest and I always enjoy a good memoir since I love learning about other people’s lives and experiences.
Author, Paul Kalanithi, details his journey of combining his passions for literature, neurosurgery, science, discovering the meaning of life and how all of those things work together. And then, when he is diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, his endeavors take on a whole new meaning.
When Breath Becomes Air certainly lived up to the hype. It’s is incredibly profound, heartbreaking and inspiring all at the same time and a must read if you’re needing some powerful inspiration about your opportunity, and your responsibility, to share your gifts with the world.
Upstairs at the White House
A friend recently told me about this book which was great timing as The Farmer and I have been binge watching Designated Survivor on Netflix, a show about a low-level cabinet member who gets thrust into the oval office after a horrific tragedy in Washington D.C.
In Upstairs at the White House, J.B. West recalls his experiences with First Ladies, Presidents and the staff during his time as Chief Usher of the White House during the Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations.
As he shares his stories of grand parties and gatherings that took place in America’s most iconic home, the different personalities and styles of the First Families and behind the scenes happenings as it relates to the budget and logistics of running such a grand house, it feels as if you’re working in the White House right along side him in the presence of U.S. Presidents.
This book would be great for anyone interested in history and/or the culture and lifestyle of other people from other places and times.
What have you been reading lately?