Wednesday, June 4, 2014

May Book Report

Rosie - Anne Lamott

I've read a lot of Anne Lamott's nonfiction; it's what she's known for. So, while wandering through the library, I found some of her fiction on the shelf and thought, why not. I can't speak for her other fiction, but Rosie didn't exactly find a place on my favorites list. The writing was distinctly Lamott - funny and sometimes shockingly honest. But the story was a little flat, as interesting as the characters were. I am, however, extremely picky when it comes to fiction, so it may have been just me. If you're a huge Anne Lamott fan, I'd say it's worth a read, if only to enjoy her distinct writing voice.

Daring Greatly - Brene Brown

I didn't know too much about this book when I picked it up (something about vulnerability) but I've seen it all over the Internet and figured it must be good. The topic of how vulnerability can change every aspect of our lives for the better is an interesting one, but when it was finished I was left wanting more. I appreciated her research, but would've liked to see it be made more practical. After reading the book, I know why vulnerability is important, but the how is still a little foggy. I commend her for getting the conversation started, and I would certainly recommend this book, but I won't promise that it'll change your life forever and ever amen.

Love Does - Bob Goff

It seems like people have been talking about this book forever, but I finally got around to reading it this month. This is such a fun book. I think it's worth noting that this is not one of those beautifully written, underline-every-other-sentence books. It's a collection of stories of the life of one fascinating man, and how his many adventures have all pointed him to Jesus. It's such a fun concept, I think, and I loved it. You do get the feeling that a lot of the stories were thrown in for no other reason than they are really good stories. But that didn't bother me; Bob Goff's whole outlook on life is the real point of the book. It's honestly changed the way I think. Also? My husband loved it, which rarely happens.

The Nanny Diaries - Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Oh gosh, I love this book. This was my second time reading it and I loved it just as much this time around. It's an expose on nannying in upscale New York in the form of a fast paced, hilarious novel. The writing is sharp and funny, but in a smart way, as opposed to your average chick lit. If you wanted to love the movie, but didn't (like me), the novel is definitely worth your time.


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  2. I love your honest book reviews. I will definitely read the Nanny Diaries, I'm glad to hear it's not typical chick-lit (not that I don't indulge in typical chick lit! I love Sophie Kinsella). A book on vulnerability? That sounds interesting too. And I haven't actually heard of Anne Lamott (is that so terrible?) but maybe I should give Rosie a try!

  3. Yes to the Nannie Diaries! Such a funny read.


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