Friday, January 16, 2015

Good Reads

Winter is definitely the time I read more than the summer when I try to 
spend most of my free time enjoying the sunshine.  I've compiled a list of
some books I've read lately that I liked enough to reccommend.


The Glass Castle: Such a compelling book that had me laughing, crying and cringing and baffled all within a chapter. It's a memoir of author Jeannette Walls and recounts her dysfunctional childhood with mentally unstable parents, moving around like vagabonds, and living in poverty.  It's a touching book that gives you a glimpse into what an unstable childhood must feel like.

The Paris Wife: I didn't know much about Ernest Hemingway when I picked up this book. The book is a novel about Ernest's first wife Hadley and her marriage to Hemingway.  The book made me feel like a fly on the wall of a married couple's marriage, which at times was uncomfortable but so interesting in that it describes her love for him, her insecurities in their marriage because of his infidelities and his passion for writing. A good read, but when I put it down I couldn't stop thinking about how it ended.

To Heaven and Back: A memoir of a doctor and her experience with dying while on a river in Chile. She recounts her recollection of going to heaven and coming back and how it completely changes her perspective on every day life. It was inspiring to read and makes you think about how each day we live is precious.

Unbroken: Before the movie came out I read the book. There are no words to describe what Louis Zamperinni, an Olympian and POW survivor went through in his life and actually survived. The book is so well written and detailed that it makes you feel like you are living it yourself.  There were times that I felt physically exhausted reading it and had to put it down for a minute before continuing on.  I absolutely loved this book. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend you start reading it asap.

Wild: Author Cheryl Strayed recounts her experience leaving her entire life behind and going solo on a journey to find herself on the Pacific Crest Trail. At times I'm not sure if I admire her for being brave to do this journey alone or plain stupid.  Either way it is respectful that she decided to make the journey on her own and have that sacred experience alone and getting to know herself better.

I'm always up for a good book recommendation and would love to hear about them!


  1. I finished Wild while traveling for the Holidays and I was just soooo into it! I don't know if I could do something like that myself, but maybe with a friend or my husband! You have to go see the movie if you haven't already. They did a really great job with it. The Glass Castle sounds really interesting!

    1. Will definitely put Wild on my movie list, thanks!