Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book after the first few chapters. I had heard a lot about the book from multiple sources so when it popped up for bookclub, I jumped at the chance to read it.

I enjoyed the characters and the story. The author put a lot of herself into the book. 

I would definitely recommend the book. Parts of it were funny but it gave me a lot to think about between the laughs. 

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Best Books to Read from Ages 1-100

PBS The Great American Read

AmericanahAmericanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Because this book showed up on the PBS Great American Read list, I wanted to read it for a while. It popped up for bookclub, so I made an effort to read it. I didn’t manage to get it read in time for bookclub, but I had read enough to know that I wanted to finish it.

I enjoyed this book a lot. It was just longer than I thought it was. The book never dragged. It was a great story and brought up some difficult topics that made me think.

I recommend the book, but it’s not a book that is meant to be read in one sitting. It requires time to digest the thoughts in the book. Read a little, put it down, and think about what its meaning is.

The book also showed up on the 100 books to read by ages list. I do think that the age of 26 was a little young for the recommended age of this book. There’s quite a bit that might be missed by a younger person who hasn’t been through some of the situations yet.

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was another freebie I got in the effort to find mediation and relaxation books. I was a little nervous about the possibility that the water sounds might activate my bladder, but they didn’t. It did make me sleep, though. 

I spent a little time wondering why I didn’t hear any seagulls. I will need to look up if deals are only on the west coast or why there weren’t any during the recording. Something to do later, I guess 

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The Perfect Swing by James McGirk

The Perfect Swing by James McGirk
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked this up as a free meditation book on Audible. I was skeptical about it being calming, because it’s a baseball story. Something about the reader’s voice and the way he read the story put me to sleep almost immediately. Three different times! 

It was an interesting story, so I’m not sure why it worked, but it did. I had to go back and listen to it when I wasn’t sleepy at all. Great story with great information, told beautifully. But, it does double as a sleep aid. 

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The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman

The Home for Unwanted Girls

The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book. I knew going in that it was going to be a difficult subject, but I had no idea! I am very unfamiliar with Canadian history, so I found myself looking things up as I went along. One of the benefits of historical fiction is that the facts are researchable. 

I didn’t know, up until the very end, where the story was taking the reader. It was torture, but it got me to the point where I couldn’t put the book down. It was definitely worth reading. 

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Idiot by Laura Clery

Idiot by Laura Clery

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I recently discovered the author of this book by her videos on Facebook. She is funny and I truly enjoy watching her. When I discovered that she’d written a book, I just had to read it!

The book was humorous, but touched on some rather difficult parts in her life. I am very glad that she wrote the book. I know several people who would be helped by hearing her story. It stopped abruptly with the birth of her son. I hope she writes a second book about parenthood. Her videos about it are funny, and I can only imagine that the stuff that comes with raising children would be just as humorous.

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Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

Lost Children Archive

Lost Children Archive
 by Valeria Luiselli

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was kind of a heavy story. I wasn’t going to read it since the bookclub meeting for it was cancelled. It arrived from the library when I didn’t have other holds coming in, so I decided to read it anyway.

The first half of the story was on the slow side, but was enjoyable. Halfway through the book, the entire feeling of the book changed. It became an adventure that I wasn’t expecting. Many parts of it were stressful, but I needed to know what happened, so I finished it. I am glad I did.

I wasn’t thrilled with the way it ended, but I was kind of expecting it to end that way.

I don’t know that I would pick up other books by this author, although she wrote beautifully. It just wasn’t my usual genre.

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#TheRealCinderella by Yesenia Vargas

#TheRealCinderella by Yesenia Vargas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I went into this book knowing it was a retelling of Cinderella. The title gives it away.

I was impressed by how the story was modernized and told as if it could actually happen. No mice into horses or pumpkins into carriages. The story just made sense. 

I look forward to reading the sequels to the book, one of these days.

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