What I’m reading – August Twitterature

summer reading

Anne of Modern Mrs. Darcy hosts a monthly link up where others can share short reviews of books they’ve been reading. It’s called Twitterature since the reviews should be brief, like a tweet, though she’s not holding us to 140 characters!

Long plane rides and a vacation gave me a chance to read more this time around. I have five books to share with you:


The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout: Strout’s storytelling is subtle and nuanced, and the character development is just as interesting as the plot. This novel defines what a family drama should look like.

the getaway car

The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life by Ann Patchett: Funny, engaging, and short. If you think you might be a writer, you’ll love Patchett’s pithy, straightforward advice.

the secret keeper

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton: Like The Burgess Boys, this story unfolds around a long ago family tragedy. It’s s a page turner and great summer read full of twists and suspense. I want to see this as a movie.

carry on warrior

Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed by Glennon Doyle Melton: A collection of essays from Glennon Melton’s blog, Momastery, with some new additions. Some I loved, some I didn’t. You’ll see what I mean. Poignant and funny. Would be a great pairing with Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown.


To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by Daniel Pink: Whatever our job titles, 9 out of 10 people spend the majority of their time in non sales selling, or moving others to part with resources. Pink argues that we’re all in sales, but sales isn’t what it used to be. I recommend to parents, educators, marketers and health care professionals.

Watch a 2 minute video summary to see if it interests you:

Question: What have you been reading? If you’ve read any of these books, what did you think?

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23 thoughts on “What I’m reading – August Twitterature

    1. Vulnerability is a theme in both, so I think they’d go well together. Let me know what you think when you read it!

  1. Stopping by from Modern Mrs. D. Lots of great recommendations here; I think I”m adding them all to my to-read list. Thanks!

  2. I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Strout and just finished The Burgess Boys a few weeks ago. I liked it a lot. Thanks for your other suggestions too.

      1. I liked all of them: Abide With Me and Amy & Isabelle are really good novels. Olive Kitteridge is a book of interconnected short stories with Olive as the linking character (sometimes she’s central to the story and sometimes only peripheral). But I think Abide With Me is my favourite.

  3. Also stopping by via Modern Mrs. Darcy. You have some great picks here. I downloaded the Ann Patchett book last week–now to make the time to read it!

    1. Hi Meg, thanks for stopping by! Patchett’s book is a quick read. I read it in one sitting on an airplane. It took an hour or so. You’ll love it!

  4. I haven’t read any of these, but The Getaway Car is on my list.

    I keep hearing that I MUST read Kate Morton. Have you read anything else by her? I always like to start with an author’s best :)

    1. The Getaway Car is quick! You’ll enjoy it. :)

      I haven’t read anything else by her, but The Secret Keeper is her most recent.

  5. I tried to read The Secret Keeper and just couldn’t get into it. I keep hearing people recommend it, though! I loved Daring Greatly, so I should probably check out Carry On, Warrior. I sometimes love Melton’s blog, other times just “meh,” so I imagine some of her essays will resonate with me more than others.

    1. The Secret Keeper was definitely slow at the beginning. It picks up speed and then I couldn’t put it down. :) I don’t read Melton’s blog regularly, but I had a similar reaction to the essays. The good ones are SO good, though.

    1. You will love both. Daring Greatly is more research based and Carry On Warrior more anecdotal, but they have similar themes.

    2. I happened to listen to both of those on CD one after the other. These are both books that I would’ve never picked up by reading their titles – and I love non-fiction. I am so MMD recommended the books because I loved them. I know want to read all of Brene Browns books.

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