It’s not easy to part with your favorite books. But I did it once at an unconventional book club where we were all invited to bring a book to trade. My dog-eared copy of Me Talk Pretty One Day went to a new bookshelf home, and I got to read a book someone else loved enough to share.
Joy is just as much about giving things away as it is finding them.
My 2019 goal is to read at least 40 books. But until I get through those, here are some of my favorites. What are yours?
Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris
From one of my all-time favorite authors, a journey through story, comedy, animals, and absurdity.
Tie for favorite professional reads: Under Think It by Adam Pierno and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
One of these is the most concise and realistic approach to strategic planning I’ve seen, and the other is about finding, nurturing, believing and pursuing your creative genius. That duality about sums up the constant teeter-totter between logic and wonder in my brain.
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
A small story about everyday lives. This novel reminds me how much beauty there is in that.
Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
I don’t have the words for this one. Just...you just have to read it. Every sentence is exquisitely crafted.
The Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
I’m certain she’s writing this intriguing detective series just for me. You can read them too, I guess.
Least favorite: The Keys by DJ Khaled
I do commend this ghost writer for thoroughly capturing his voice and providing a peek into his view of music, but save yourself from repeating my mistake.