Today I have 4 books to share with you! Summer is supposed to be all about reading and beach reads but none or these books are very “beachy.” I also don’t feel like my reading game has been strong lately but I am trying to stick to my goal of reading more, some books may take me longer then I would like but such is life.
Without further ado here are the books I have been enjoying over the past couple of weeks.
A Tale For The Time Being By: Ruth Ozeki:
In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine. Across the Pacific, we meet Ruth, a novelist living on a remote island who discovers a collection of artifacts washed ashore in a Hello Kitty lunchbox—possibly debris from the devastating 2011 tsunami. As the mystery of its contents unfolds, Ruth is pulled into the past, into Nao’s drama and her unknown fate, and forward into her own future.
I grew an immediate attachment to Nao when reading this book. The book opens with a entry from her diary in which you see a witty, fun and fresh girl. As the story continues you learn that there is so much more than meets the eye and Nao is undergoing some awful bullying as well as issues at home. In the meantime Ruth has found Nao’s diary and is “getting to know” her while simultaneously wanting to help her which isn’t possible. The book goes back and forth between Nao’s journal and Ruth’s life and her search to find the owner of the journal and try to save her life. I really enjoyed this book, while I really enjoyed Nao’s character it took me a while to warm up to Ruth but I eventually came around.
After having a nationally televised panic attack, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists. Eventually, Harris realized that the source of his problems was the very thing he always thought was his greatest asset: the incessant, insatiable voice in his head, which had propelled him through the ranks of a hypercompetitive business, but had also led him to make the profoundly stupid decisions that provoked his on-air freak-out.
Eventually Harris stumbled upon an effective way to rein in that voice, something he always assumed to be either impossible or useless: meditation, a tool that research suggests can do everything from lower your blood pressure to essentially rewire your brain.
You can read my full review of this book here.
Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse…
As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.
Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life—answers that will ultimately free them both.
I really enjoyed this book. Once I got into it it was a quick read. It took me a little to get into it and feel a connection to the characters but once I got to know Molly better I started to really like her. I enjoyed the relationship her and Vivian established.
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In case you missed it you can read my full review of this book here.
What are you reading lately?