This month marked the official start of a passion of mine finally becoming more than a far off dream. The result of this will be a great deal of specific non fiction books in a few subjects such as confidence, goals and writing appearing in these reviews. And more on that later.
1. Secrets of A Charmed Life by Susan Meissner. I loved this book, set in London during the Blitz, it is a beautifully written, coming of age story about a plucky young women. The story is told in her advanced years, looking back and shared with the narrator. It’s a wonderful book. A must for lovers of historical fiction.
2. One More Thing by B.J. Novak. Anyone who loved the US show, The Office should read Novak’s writing as that was his most well known work. Filled with snarky stories, it had me giggling the entire time, with a modest amount of eye rolling. It was a quick and enjoyable read.
3. The Confidence Gap by Dr Russ Harris. Exactly as expected of what a book on confidence would be like being written by doctor. Pretty dry, but insightful and interesting.
4. Dolci di Love by Sarah-Kate Lynch. This book was exactly what I needed, to be taken to Italy along with a fictional character who has a life crisis and runs away from her life. I was going through none of things myself, so I delighted in reading about the resolution of some one else having major life drama. It’s sweet, beautiful and fun.
5. The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. A slim classic. Really a reference book that I now keep it on my shelf of those like it, but it felt great to get a quick refresher by reading through it.
6. The Forest For The Trees by Betsy Lerner. Written by an editor for writers this was a great read. Interesting, informative and enjoyable. Provided great insight into the different genres of books. Most of the last part of the book is outdated, but the first part is timeless and makes up for it.
7. The Confidence Game by Maria Konnikova. Very different than what I thought it would be. It is stories about mostly con artists and the lessons we learn from falling for their cons. I’m not sure what I thought it was, but something different. It made me read it a bit slower as the subject didn’t grab me at first, but I still enjoyed it enough to finish it.
8. A Working Theory Of Love by Scott Hutchins. Really interesting and unique in it’s story. The plot is twisty in the perfect way and captures you incredibly well. I didn’t want to put it down. Would be great to read while traveling for that reason.