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September

Books Bought

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari (audible)

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton (audible)

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt by Yasmine El Rashidi

Nutshell by Ian McEwan

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

Books Read

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari (audible)

North of Normal: A Memoir of My Wilderness Childhood, My Unusual Family, and How I Survived Both by Cea Sunrise Person

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton (audible)

Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers

Miracles Now by Gabrielle Bernstein (audible)

A Dance With Dragons (A Game of Thrones #5) by George R.R. Martin (audible)

Understanding the Sky by Dave Eggers

After You (Me Before You #2) by JoJo Moyes

Where does time go? I was getting all caught up with my posts only to now realize October is halfway over and I still haven't posted about my reads in September!  September looks like quite the month book-wise but that's what will happen when one is trying to turn their thoughts from things that aren't good for them, and learning to retrain the mind to focus on what is in front of them.

Let's just jump into Books Read, why don't we?  First off, Mr. Aziz Ansari!  I was able to listen to this book one day at my desk, sometimes when doing a mindless task I like to put something on that I can focus on.  This was perfect!  The book was read by Aziz himself, and I just loved listening to him... it took me back to that winter I binge watched Parks & Rec (sigh).  But also, this is just an interesting topic.  Why modern day people can't find love that lasts, and why so many refuse to settle down; what's not to love about this topic?  Aziz walks us through our world of endless options and snap judgments (swipe left, swipe right) and also brings in historical data and evidence.  I had never thought about how crazy it is that we expect people to be married to one person for their whole life when the life span is so much larger than it was back when matrimony was a necessity.  I mean think about it, back in the day people had to get married for survival... but they didn't live nearly as long.  And, Aziz brought up another interesting point about how people in the old days often fell in love with the person on the next farm because they didn't have the mobility or the communication tools that we have now.  We literally live in a world where you can stream whole seasons of shows when you want to, listen to endless independent artists, and just all around design your very own way of existing and moving through the world.  It's very hard to find someone who will mesh up well with your own routine and interests.  Anyway, I found this book to be a whole hell of a lot more interesting than that spinster book that came out last year.

Next up is North of Normal, now this is a book that I read for book camp!  And. It. Was. Profound.  Here's why, there was a sentence towards the end of the book, in the homestretch, the author (the lovely Cea Sunrise Person) said something about how she felt like she was defined by what she had survived and that she hated that.  Our awesome book camp visionary and leader Jacki Carr actually managed to get Cea to skype in one night of the camp for a book discussion so I asked her if she still felt that way.  I often feel like that.  Like no matter what progress I make I'm really still just surviving what I've been through and that the things of the past define me.  I was hoping she would say, "No, I'm free of all that and here's how I did it...." But of course that would be the easy way out.  She said that she does sill feel that way but how she feels about it has changed.  Because now she has taken the things that she went through and she's sifted through and made it her life's work, it is what sustains her.  Anyway, I thought that was very inspiring.  Anyway, read North of Normal even if you don't get to have a skype meeting with the author, it is just an entertaining read that pulls you in- it's all about a little girl and her mom and how they live off the grid and it just totally pulls you in.

Now, the book EVERYONE is talking about: Love Warrior.  I had listened to Glennon's first book, and I liked her voice and pace so I decided to listen to this one as well.  It's soooooooooo much better than her first book (in my opinion)- way less about "mommy" life and way more about what it means to be a woman in our culture.  How we learn to look at ourselves, what we learn to tolerate, how we behave in regards to marriage and sex, what is learned? And what is really us?  I thought this was a pretty bold book, and I also liked the episode that Glennon was featured on in the Big Magic podcast.  I think it is pretty well known, so I hope this is not a spoiler but I also relish in the fact that Glennon and her husband ultimately ended up separating- maybe because I'm bitter- but the chapter when Glennon retreats to the ocean and remembers who she is made me so excited for her possibilities in the future.

This month I actually knocked out not one, but two Dave Eggers books! But hold onto the seat of your pants- one of them is actually a picture book with very few words.  Understanding the Sky features Eggers own photography and is just a little story about a man who wants to fly in an old fashioned plane.  This book is truly only for super fans, everyone else please ignore!  BUT, Eggers other book that came out, Heroes of the Frontier was really intriguing and actually was a read I thoroughly enjoyed.  It's about a somewhat paranoid mother who takes her two kids off the grid to Alaska and they travel around in a RV as the mother confronts her shortcomings, her regrets, and her ideas of the way things should be.  Good read- are you noticing a theme of some of my choices this year?  Totally off the grid!  I wonder what my subconscious is trying to tell me?

Miracles Now is all Gabby's tools in one place- I know- I'm a total groupie.  But, if you've ever heard me say, "choose peace" this is where I get it from.  And when I remember peace and light and love and I come back to myself and when I see that the other person is me... this is all that I learn from my online guru.  Love her!

A Dance with Dragons- boy my friend was not lying when she said that I really didn't need to read this book.  I know some people like it more than the 4th but I definitely prefer the cast of characters in the 4th to the ones that were featured in this book (I realize I stand alone in this assessment), but man- the TV show is sooooo much better than this series.  Now that I'm all caught up though I can say that I pretty much liked the 1st and 3rdbooks the most and that most of the characters that I liked in the book were the same people I like on the show.  Glad this is over, although I'm sure there will come a day where I will miss the voice of Roy Datrice as I drive to and from work.  Until then, I'm podcasting it up and returning to my love NPR right in time for this crazy election to wind down.

Lastly, After You, which in spite of it's title the mere fact that a second book exists made my sister (who hasn't read them) highly disappointed when we watched the movie (which was excellent by the way- I'm talking about Me Before You of course).  This book was touch and go for a little bit- but if you love the character Lou, then I think it is essential to read this book too.