8 Books to Read next month
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm takes a look at the external factors and the surrounding environment of successful people and how they've come to be successful. His theory is that it's not solely from their own merits and inmate talent. It's awesome. We love the stories and examples that he uses.
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
Two sisters, Pearl and May, are beautiful, models, living a privileged life in Shanghai during the 1920's. Their life is turns upside down when their father sells them into arranged marriages to keep the family home, after he subsequently loses all his fortune. At this time there is a war going on in Shanghai, making it impossible to leave Shanghai and meet their husbands in America. It's the well written narrative of sister Pearl and the adventure that makes this an exciting summer read.
God Help The Child by Toni Morrison
At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride’s mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.” -Amazon
Me Before You by Jojo Myers
Louisa Clarke is a quirky, kind of clumsy, fashionista, with little work experience, finds herself taking care of Will, a paralyzed man. This love story is of two unlikely people coming together in an unlikely way in an inspiring, heartfelt, tearjerker. Me Before You was adapted into a motion picture in June of this year. We have to say they casted well :}
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
After a soul draining 2 year long divorce, Elizabeth sets on a 1 year journey in Italy, India, and Indonesia. The story is narrated by Elizabeth herself, and it's a treat to get inside the mind of a women who is as hopeful, insightful, and giving as Elizabeth. Adapted into a film, of-course the book is better. The book is alwayyyss better.
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú—a curse that has haunted Oscar’s family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. -Junnot Diaz
Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho
After a failed attempt at suicide, Veronika, wakes up in a mental asylum, Villete. Veronika is young, beautiful, and appears to have the perfect life. The sleeping pills she took to kill herself, has ruined her heart permanently, leaving her only a few days to live. Veronika not only has another chance at life, but she has the opportunity to rethink her decision, and all the drama that comes with in, inside Villete.
We love self-help, activities, journaling, workbooks around these parts. So Henriette came through with Make it Happen, Write it Happen. She shares testimonies from people who used the power of writing to make things happen. At the end of each chapter there's great writing exercises. It's great for the summer, which is a half way point before the year ends.