Getting The Most Out Of Life – Books On My Radar

Hello, dear readers! I am back from Vancouver and will be posting about the trip soon (between business travel) but for today, let’s turn our attention to the glorious world of books! It’s no secret that I think books are treasures and the best way to travel without leaving home. I like to think of books as little dimensionally transcendental bubbles of time and space travel, each one sort of a paper TARDIS (always bigger on the inside).

At the moment, I am making my way through Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (not bad, just plodding and overwritten) and Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival by David Canterbury (excellent information regardless of where you live) and when I finish I will dive into my wish-list to choose one or more of the following. I LOVE it when I have more choices than time!!

  • A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman – This looks like a sweet tale about how one person impacts the lives of others.
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows, Mary Ann Shaffer – An epistolary novel set after World War II chronicling how a group of Guernsey Island locals get through German occupation.
  • My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams by Abigail Adams, John Adams, Margaret A. Hogan – A non-fiction epistolary book of the letters exchanged between the 2nd president of a young America and his most trusted political advisor, his clever wife, Abigail.
  •  The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware – A mystery surrounding a woman who witnesses someone thrown overboard a cruise ship, this sounds like The Lady Vanishes movie based on The Lady Spins novel by Ethel Lina White.
  • 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff – Another non-fiction epistolary book, and one of my grandmother’s favorite, this chronicles the 20 year correspondence between the author and the owner of a London bookshop. I should have read this LONG before now.
  •  If We Were Villains: A Novel by M. L. Rio – A mystery that follows the a retiring detective and a convicted murderer as the former seeks to find out what really happened that lead the latter to commit murder…or did he?
  •  The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison – A book of essays from a wide variety of writers focused on empathy as a tool, a crutch, a balm. It may be a bit too heavy or self-indulgent, but I will give it a try.
  •  Neverwhere  by Neil Gaiman – A perennial favorite of mine, Neil Gaiman always weaves excellent storytelling with fleshed out characters and fantastical settings to deliver exciting and thought-provoking reads.
  •  Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation by Brad Ricca – A biography about a female detective, lawyer, and first female district attorney in the United States and the cold case of Ruth Cruger.
  •  Gods Behaving Badly: A Novel  by Marie Phillips – This sounds like the Real World:London if the characters were Greek Gods with day jobs and an escalating battle the two unwitting mortals must resolve to save the world.
  •  Socrates Meets Jesus: History’s Greatest Questioner Confronts the Claims of Christ  by Peter Kreeft – A book that imagines Socrates in the modern world and his conversations of reason in search of truth. Definitely a book to expand the mind!
  •  Brontë: A Biography of the Literary Family  by Paul Brody – The title says it all, a biography of the literary trio of female siblings, all of whom died from illness. This should be an interesting insight into a family that had more than it’s share of tragedy.

That ought to keep me busy for some time, eh? My list is a mix of fiction, biography, and some deep thought for good measure. Which of these do you think I should read next? Have you read any of these books? Are there others you would recommend? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by!

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