After not reading much during October thanks to my daily blogging endeavor, I've picked up the books again! I hit the 50-book mark for the second year in a row, which is CRAZY. (My dad is always like "That's more books than I've read in my life! LOL.) But I'm realizing that reading books is part of my self-care. So. Yeah. Here are a few I've read lately:
And Then There Were None by Agathie ChristieThis was my first book by Agathie Christie, and I have to admit I read it partially because I wanted to watch the 2-episode adaptation featuring the guy who plays Poldark. The other reason is that I found out that Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and The Beast) narrates the audiobook. He did a great job, the book was good, and the mini-series was good too even though they totally changed things and added a couple inappropriate scenes. Ugh. But yeah, now I'm intrigued about Murder on the Orient Express, since it's a movie out right now...
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne LamottIf you write and/or consider yourself a writer, you need to read this book. Anne manages to be helpful and hilarious at the same time, reassuring the reader that while writing is hard, it's worth it. Maybe her sense of humor isn't for everyone, but I definitely LOL'd a lot. (There were like at least 2 times that I rolled my eyes at some minor detail - like when she refers to God as a she - but that won't stop me from recommending this to anyone who writes.)
Fire by Night by Lynn Austin
This was #2 in a trilogy. It was a little predictable in regards to the love story aspect, but it was still adorable. It takes place during the Civil War and the main character becomes a nurse, which was totally up my alley. It was interesting reading about the beginning of nursing. Some aspects of nursing have changed over the years, but the basic concept is still the same, which is amazing.
A Tangled Mercy by Joy Jordan-LakeThis was my first Kindle First read, and I really enjoyed it. It goes back and forth in time, from 1822 to 2015, and takes place in Charleston. The main character is trying to find answers about why her parents left Charleston and why her mother was obsessed with events from 1822. I pretty much fell in love with several of the characters. Considering I had just read a book about the Civil War, and this book had a lot to do with slavery, it was a nice follow-up in a way. The author even tied in real events, but I won't spoil it for anyone!
Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg
This was hard to get through at times (oh, the cheesy poetry!) and perhaps could have been presented a little better...but I gained some life-changing insights. So I’m glad I stuck with it!