Can you guys believe that it is already September? I for one am baffled by the fact that there are only 4 months left in 2016…where has the time gone? Everyone is headed back to school and I am still choosing to ignore the fact that I will never have a first day of school again. Gosh I feel old. But even though I won’t be participating in all of the back to school chaos, or buying new planners and clothes in preparation for the new year, I will be purchasing (and have already purchased) some new reading material for the month!
I said it on my August installment of The Good Read, but we are never too old to learn and to read. In a world where spending the day in front of a screen has become the norm, I think it is incredibly important to take time to log out, unplug, and flip through the pages of a good ‘ole book. And I’m talking a real one, not an e-book or a kindle (though I know a lot of people do prefer those. Alas, I am not one of them). My brother and I made my monthly trip to Barnes & Noble a few weeks ago and spent nearly an hour winding through the aisles in search of new material. He prefers history books while I prefer a good old fashion romance novel, but once again we both left satisfied. This month is a good one! Here are this months recommendations:
The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman
Perhaps my main incentive for purchasing this book was my love for Alicia Vikander who will play the main character, Isabel, in the movie adaptation that is in theaters September 2nd, but I am quite glad I did! The story, which takes place post World War 1 in Western Australia follows the story of Isabel and her war veteran husband Tom (played by Michael Fassbender in the movie). After struggling to conceive for years, one day the pair discover a baby girl washed up on the shore in a rowboat. The two take her in and raise her as their own and Isabel feels as though she finally has a purpose after years of miscarriages and heartbreak.
Years later Tom and Isabel bring their daughter Lucy onto the mainland, and it is then that they discover their simple little family is in danger of being torn apart at the hands of Hannah Roennfeldt (played by Rachel Wiesz). I for one am excited to see the film adaptation of this story. The cast is filled with lots of talented actors, and by the end of the book you have a deep appreciation for each of the characters. The book is currently on The New York Times Bestsellers list, and is available in paperback, hard cover, and E-Books.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
I will preface this by saying I have not yet read this book because it is set to released in the United States on September 13th, but it has received stellar views thus far and quite frankly, this sounds like a book I need to be reading. I am really into self help books lately, and while it is understood that every author is going to give you different advice, I think it’s worth hearing everyone’s arguments when it comes to have to live your best life. I suggested you read How To Be A Badass last month and it quite literally changed my entire way of thinking. If I can take something away from every self help book I read then I will only be better for it.
I already have this book on pre-order, but for anyone living in a country where it has already been released I suggest you check it out. Manson is known for his ability to cut straight through the BS and get right to the heart of things, something I think is quite admirable and necessary in today’s world. There are only so many things we can give a f*ck about, Manson argues we all need to take the time to sort through and figure out which ones really matter. Sounds like a refreshing slap to the face to me!
The Women in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
Normally I am not one for mystery, but the latest novel from #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Ruth Ware had me hooked from the very first page. The story follows the life of Lo Blacklock, a journalist for a travel magazine who receives an assignment of a lifetime aboard a luxury cruise. The experience is far more than she could have asked for; picturesque scenery, lavish dinner parties among posh guests…but by the end of the week Lo’s stay takes a turn for the worst. As the ship navigates through an oncoming storm, Lo witness’s her worst nightmare come true when a woman falls overboard. The only problem? All of the passengers are accounted for, and as the ship continues on without the fallen woman, Lo can’t help but feel like something (or someone) has gone terribly wrong aboard the cruise ship Aurora.
This book had my heart racing, a testament to Ware’s writing and to the claustrophobic environment she has dropped her characters into. With no where to go, Lo’s journey aboard the cruise ship is full of unease, suspense, and mystery. Definitely a gripping and worth while read.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Another self help book (because why not?). Big Magic is the latest piece of work by Elizabeth Gilbert, who is known for her memoir turned movie Eat, Pray Love staring Julia Roberts. Big Love explores creativity at its core, offering powerful insights into the nature of inspiration while encouraging readers to let go of our fears in order to best embrace our curiosity. As someone who recently graduated college and is trying to find my niche in the world, this book offers many helpful tips on how to tackle what we love most and face down our biggest fears. It is a reminder of how to live our most creative lives and as a result, happier lives.
Whether you are looking to start a new career, write a book of your own, or simply infuse more fun into your life, Big Love provides useful advice on the attitudes, approaches and habits that you can incorporate into your daily life and use to help accomplish your goals. I gave this book to one of my best friends as a graduation gift because I felt like it is perfect for people at this stage of their life. As we continue on from school and begin to focus more heavily on our financial goals, I feel that it is equally (if not more) important to keep your creativity and passions alive!
Have you read a good book lately? If so, share it with me in the comments!
Happy reading 🙂