On My Bookshelf for March:
Cutting For Stone | When I was reading the forward in When Breath Becomes Air by Abraham Verghese, it reminded me that I still hadn’t read Cutting For Stone, although it had been on my list forever. So I finally read it, and can’t believe I wanted so long. Conjoined twin boys are born in Ethiopia. Their mother dies in childbirth and their father disappears shortly thereafter. What follows is a story of family, of love and loss, of betrayal and forgiveness. This book is long, but it is so, so good. | The key to your happiness is to own your slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have, and own the ones you don’t. If you keep saying your slippers aren’t yours, then you’ll die searching, you’ll die bitter, always feeling you were promised more. Not only our actions, but also our omissions, become our destiny. | Wasn’t that the definition of home? Not where you are from, but where you are wanted. | Life, too, is like that. You live it forward, but understand it backward. It is only when you stop and look to the rear that you see the corpse caught under your wheel.
The Widow | I read a review that compared this to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, so I was sold. Unfortunately, I don’t think it lived up to the hype. Easy and quick to read, but I just felt that there was something missing. A man is accused of a horrendous crime. After his death, everyone expects his widow to tell all of their secrets. It will keep you guessing until the very end.
Do Your Om Thing | The 8 limbs of yoga, the chakras, meditation and more are all laid out it in an easy to understand way, which means you can skip the ancient yoga texts I have been trying to get through for years. Plus plenty of inspiration to grow in your yoga practice. If you love yoga, this book should have a permanent home on your bookshelf! I am a huge advocate of the library, and don’t like to have many books (they are too heavy when you move all the time!) but this is one that I need to add to my collection. | The conditions you need to be happy are not outside you. They are contained within you; right here, right now.
The Ambassador’s Wife | This is a fun read for anyone, but especially those who live in an Embassy community, as everything that she describes will feel very familiar. The author really is the wife of an Ambassador, though her story of being kidnapped in the Middle East is fictional.
American Sniper | Part of the Big Library Read, this is the autobiography of Chris Kyle, the US Navy SEAL with the most career sniper kills in US Military history. I may not have picked this up if it weren’t featured on the Big Library Read, but it was a really fascinating read.
What about you guys? Have you read any good books lately?