I haven’t had a chance to write about recent book loves. Of course, anyone who wants my constant play-by-play can join me on Goodreads. There are a few particularly compelling books, however, that I wanted to discuss at more length. I’d love to hear your thoughts and to know what you’re reading as well.
Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf: The two main characters in this book are a deaf woman and her service dog. I’ve never read a book where the main character struggles with the silent world around her and I loved it. The story was good (not the best book ever, but interesting); I thought it was particularly worth the read for its unique perspective.
The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth: I finished this book on Mother’s Day which is a bit of a strange time to rave about a book that involves the murder of a mother-in-law. No personal experience here – my mother-in-law is wonderful. But this was a great book that looks at one family’s struggles. The book brings up a lot of issues about parenting, marriage, pregnancy and more. It could be an interesting book club read.
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb: My father and I both loved this book (yes, we participate in an international book club of two). Lori is a psychoanalyst and she takes us into the world of psychotherapy. This was a fascinating read about therapy; what brings us to therapy and what keeps us there; what we hide and what we discuss. I had a few issues with the book (which I’m happy to discuss 1-1), but overall I thought it was a really worthwhile read.
Good Luck with That: Kristan Higgins: I absolutely loved this book; parts of her character development and playfulness reminded me of Cathy Lamb’s style. I don’t remember ever reading a book about body image, food obsessions and self perception that is so insightful and powerfully portrayed. With that said – if you’ve never had these issues and are a person (from an alien race) who is naturally skinny, skips meals and doesn’t obsess about food and body image – then this is probably not the book for you. Loved this read.
A few other books I really enjoyed recently that you’ll find reviewed on Goodreads are: Before I Let You Go (Kelly Rimer), Here and Now and Then (Mike Chen), One Good Dog (Susan Wilson) and The Overdue Life of Amy Byler (Kelly Harms).
What’s up next for me? I’ve got two books waiting for me in my Kindle library (neither of which I know anything about). They are An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett.