My Latest Library Haul

Over the weekend I finished a couple of books and picked up my stack from the library. The librarian was extremely happy to see me since my books were taking up space on her small shelves. My local library is tiny and I love it! The friendly librarian knows me by name and I don’t even need my library card. Every time I go through the doors my spirits are instantly uplifted and I always walk out with an armload of books. This takes me back to my childhood when my mom would take me and my siblings to our little local library in Brooklyn every week.

So here is my latest library haul:

Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller. I heard the author interviewed on Amy Porterfield’s podcast and immediately knew I needed this book to clarify my message and build my brand.

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Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo was a book I saw at Barnes and Noble a month ago and was thrilled when I placed it on hold and it arrived at the library so soon! I know absolutely nothing about this book but did notice there was a giveaway of this book on Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Book Club Instagram.

I read about Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon in Kirkus Reviews. A good part of my reading is for entertainment, but I also read to educate myself and to see the world through the eyes of others; particularly others who are different from me and who have lived a very different life from my own. 

Listen to the Marriage: A Novel by John Osborne was a book I heard about on Roxanne Coady’s Just the Right Book Podcast. This book is a story of a married couple, newly separated, who are going to marriage counseling. The interesting thing about this book is that it’s told through the marriage therapist’s eyes.

I can’t actually remember where I first heard about The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro, but it was on a recommended list. (That’s the trouble with listening to so many bookish podcasts and reading book reviews.) It is set in Britain after the Romans left and that is all I know. Since I haven’t read a historical novel in quite a while I’m hoping I’m in for a treat.

I’m really looking forward to Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie. This is the latest in this mystery series set in London. It follows the investigations of two detectives: Gemma Jones and Duncan Kincaid. These two are lovable, well-developed characters and it is worth following their stories. Also, the mysteries are solid and don’t end abruptly or in a disappointing muddle. 

Now it is your turn: please share what treasures you found at the library lately!

What I’m Reading Lately

I have a stack of my own To-Be-Read books and an even taller stack waiting for me at the library, but I am only reading four at the moment. I just noticed that that three out of four authors are of Irish heritage…interesting!

Although I’ve been reading Colm Toibin’s The Master for several nights, I didn’t realize until last night that it’s about Henry James. It is beautiful: poetic and imaginative, and told by a true Irish storyteller. Have you had the opportunity to read anything by this author? Last year, I read his book Nora Webster and fell in love with the characters, the Irish landscape and style of speaking, the sad story, and her strong, surviving spirit.

David Whyte‘s The Heart Aroused has been on my unread bookshelf for a few years. Since it’s about corporate America, and I don’t have any experience in that arena, at first glance it seems a bit irrelevant to my life. But since I love all of David Whyte’s writing–poetry and prose–and once I dug into it, I realized the message is for all of us. The subtitle is “Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America”. David works with large companies, focusing on “the conversational nature of leadership. If you haven’t already, listen to his TED Talk “A Lyrical Bridge Between the Past, Present, and Future”.

John O Donahue left this world too soon. A friend of David Whyte’s, everything he wrote was pointing his readers toward beauty, imagination, curiosity, and wonder. His book Walking in Wonder was published posthumously and contains talks he gave. I don’t want to miss one word this man left for us! However, if you like his work, then read my favorite book of his Beauty: The Invisible Embrace .

This is Marketing is Seth Godin’s latest book and everything he writes is something every business owner, entrepreneur, and worker in today’s economy needs to read. Seth has always thought and spoken outside the box and his ideas might take a while too assimilate. He speaks much on generosity, doing good work, picking yourself, and shipping your work ( as opposed to perfectionistic procrastination.)

What I’m Reading Lately

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Hello from the Finger Lakes! This cool and sunny sweater weather we’re enjoying these past few days is my favorite. The sun going down earlier means more time for books, which I always welcome! Right now, I have a great stack of books that I’m either reading through or about to start and I can’t wait to share them with you.

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Tom Asacker was interviewed in this episode of Todd Henry’s The Accidental Creative Podcast last year when he talked about the stories we tell ourselves, how they can limit us, and what we can do about it. His book is I am Keats: Escape Your Mind and Free Your Self*. You know that voice in your head that says things like, “Who do you think you are to …” you fill in the blank. Well, that’s you telling yourself a story, a limiting story. Tom Asacker addresses this voice in your head.

Speaking of that voice in your head, in Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Anne Lamott talks about that voice, the things that distract and how to focus on your writing, in addition to many hilarious, poignant, and very real stories from her own life with words. If you write at all, it’s good to read books that describe other writers’ experiences, paths that led to writing, and how they deal with distraction, loneliness, failure, and success. I picked up a copy at my local used bookstore and am nearly finished reading it. I recommend this if you take an interest in writing!

Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko  has been on my TBR list for such a long time! I finally placed a hold at the library and am looking forward to diving in. Isn’t that a gorgeous cover!?

I included poetry because I always have at least one collection going. David Whyte’s The Bell and the Blackbird was published earlier this year and I am slowly working my way through it. His way with words brings me to tears, in a good way. He writes with such depth and tenderness, clarity and boldness, delving into the difficult, the painful, as well as the joyful seasons of life. My particular favorites so far have been his poems to the late Irish poet John O’ Donahue as well as his poem to beloved poet Mary Oliver. If you haven’t read David Whyte’s poetry or essays yet, what are you waiting for?

The Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl was a random book purchase, simply because I was intrigued by the title. My life has been anything but leisurely, especially since I’ve started a business, but I still want to know how to waste a day right when I get a spare one!

Parker Palmer’s A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life has also been on my TBR for several years. After going through so many transitions and finding my way forward, I need to hear the wisdom of someone older and wiser that myself. Maybe the truths within the pages will assist me as I seek to connect the pieces and make sense of the journey. Look for more about this when I finish reading it.

Lastly, The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time is a book I placed on hold at the library after a recent bout with depression and extreme anxiety. This book sounded, well, up! And hopeful and like maybe there are actions that I can take, habits that I can form, ideas I haven’t thought of, that will help me reduce these symptoms and live with more positivity and calm. I’m about a third of the way through already; the writing is clear, the material easy-to-understand, and best of all, there are practical helps I can implement. I’m looking forward to reading the rest!

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Alright, that’s it for now! What have you been reading lately? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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