Wednesday, September 17, 2014

More books that aren't fiction

I've been anti-fiction lately. I have no real explanation. Fiction just isn't doing it for me these days. But I have read more terrifying memoirs and a few books that have guaranteed to make a me a better person. 

The jury is still out.

This book ruined my life. I'm really not kidding. My closest friend in the therapy program with me told me to read it and it ruined me forever. She said it was the book that changed her life. I was so terrified after I read it that I insisted she give me free therapy sessions. And if you're into weird controversy google the author's name. I can't continue to talk about this book for fear of a crippling panic attack.

 Lucky is a memoir about Alice Sebold's life. She wrote The Lovely Bones and I enjoyed that book so naturally I was interested in her life. This book is very gritty and honest. She takes you through her experience being a rape victim. It's terrifying in the I'll-never-let-my-daughter-go-to-a-park-alone kind of way.
This book was recommended to me by my running partner. It's super interesting. At first I thought it was way too smart for a normal person like myself, but the more I read it the more I enjoyed it and the smarter I started to feel. I highlighted and underlined the whole thing, which really defeats the purpose of highlighting and underlining, so maybe I'm really not any smarter.
This book is supposed to make me a fabulous public speaker. I'm not convinced it's working, although I have no problems babbling on for hours about nothing.
 This is Beth Moore's newest study on 1st and 2nd Thessalonians. I never knew I needed an in-depth study on Thessalonians but turns out I did. Like all of her studies, I love it. It feeds my soul.
This book is going to help me to quit opening my big mouth at the exact wrong time, or so I'm told. I really believe everyone that plans to talk to other humans should read this. If you keep saying yes when you know you should say no, read this book. If you get flustered and don't say what you really meant to say, read this book. If you avoid expressing your real beliefs and opinions and tend to just agree with what someone else is saying, read this book. If you know you need to tell a loved one something but you keep coming up with excuses not to, read this book.

I am no longer cooking, cleaning, or doing laundry. It's awesome, except when you get hungry or you need clean underwear. I also haven't been to Target in months which is really sad for me and a huge relief for my husband. 

My prayer is that when my kids look back on this year of their lives - the year Mommy finished her LPC, completed an internship, and decided to direct a new program at work, they will remember having breakfast together, playing cards on Saturday nights, and me falling asleep in their beds with them, because they certainly aren't going to remember eating lots of home-cooked meals and the smell of pine-sol. 

This is the season of "good-enough" and I am learning to be okay with that.

1 comment:

Wa Wa Waughs said...

Oh, some more goodies for my list...except #1. Sounds like that's one I can skip. I hope that Conversations book includes how to talk to your child when planning a wedding...