Here are 4 non-fiction and 3 fiction books I recommend from what I finished in June, including a 1-minute video review of a favorite.
Once a month we share our current reading list at Jennifer’s.
Books I Recommend
1. Everybody Always
Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People
by Bob Goff
This book about Bob Goff’s crazy but true experiences of loving ALL kinds of people is very inspirational. One of my favorites this year! So it is the pick for my 1-minute video book review this month.
2. I’m Still Here
Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
by Austin Channing Brown
“I was too white for Black people, and too Black for white people.” Austin shares authentically and sometimes painfully about her experiences as a black woman in modern America. This is an important book for helping us understand racial reconciliation.
3. In Search of Wisdom
A Monk, a Philosopher, and a Psychiatrist on What Matters Most
by by Matthieu Ricard, Christophe Andre, Alexandre Jollien
If three men sat around a table and discussed life, then someone transcribed their conversation, you’d get this book. These three are intelligent, philosophical, and deeply spiritual men. I enjoyed getting to eavesdrop on the conversation, even though it took me several months to finally read it all. It was worth it.
4. Five Stars
The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great
by Carmine Gallo
Do you want to communicate better? This book zeroes in on modern-day communication skills and their importance. It’s well-written and well-organized, which is always a pleasure in a non-fiction book (and unfortunately, not a given). Easy to read and enjoyable stories.
5. A Storied Life
by Leigh Kramer
This debut novel by Leigh Kramer is a delightful story about a young art gallery owner, Olivia Frasier, whose grandmother is diagnosed with terminal cancer. The plot progresses with the grandmother’s illness and the arrival of hospice and tense family dynamics. It’s very good!
My review of A Storied Life
6. The Girl You Left Behind
by Jojo Moyes
I like novels that switch timeframes. This one starts in World War 1 in occupied France, then moves to present-day London. The anchor is a painting, “The Girl You Left Behind.” It is a hard story in places, but a satisfying one.
7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
by Mark Haddon
After seeing PBS’s list of 100 favorite novels for The Great American Read, I decided to read more of them. This novel was a quirky look at the experience of an autistic teenage boy in England. (It’s also a great play, I hear.) I enjoyed the storyline and it increased my empathy for those struggling with mental disorders.
The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
by Daniel H. Pink
- Reframing the Soul
How Words Transform Our Faith
by Gregory Spencer
- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
by Yuval Noah Harari
Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again
by Rachel Held Evans
- Give People Money
How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World
by Annie Lowrey
- The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen
Opening Your Eyes to Wonder
by Lisa Gungor
- The Gift of Years
Growing Older Gracefully
by Joan D. Chittister
The Art and Science of Delay
by Frank Partnoy
- What Truth Sounds Like
Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America
by Michael Eric Dyson
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What good book have you read this month? Please share in the comments.
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