What I’m reading – July 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!

Here’s some of what I’ve read lately, along with my reviews, which are a little long this time:

me before you

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes is the story of an unlikely connection between Will Traynor, a wheelchair bound young man who lived a big, golden life pre -accident, and Louisa Clark, his caregiver.

I stayed up late and neglected chores to tear through this book. You will need Kleenex in the best way. It’s a completely different story, but I reacted similarly to The Art of Racing in the Rain, if you’re familiar with that book. I highly recommend it as a summer read.

daring greatly

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by  Brené Brown

The title is based on one of my favorite quotes:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” —Theodore Roosevelt

I originally borrowed this book from the library, but quickly bought it when I realized I would want to refer back to it often. Brown is a researcher, but instead of writing a dry and academic book, she reveals ourselves to us on every page. For a preview, watch her Ted Talk.

101 Secrets For Your Twenties by Paul Angone

I’ll refer you to my complete post about this book, and the video below, in the interest of keeping this post brief!

Question: What are you reading this summer?

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11 thoughts on “What I’m reading – July Twitterature

  1. I loved Daring Greatly. Intrigued by Me Before You (and The Art of Racing in the rain, which I’ve never read, but have heard good things about, and besides it has a fabulous title!)

    1. Since I saw in one of your posts that you have a dog, you would probably be very touched by The Art of Racing in the Rain. I wouldn’t read it back to back with Me Before You, because they are both tear jerkers!

  2. I really liked Daring Greatly too. I found that book at such a critical point in my life and while I don’t typically read “self help”, I devoured it. Brene Brown’s writing is so approachable. She makes you feel like she could be your good friend.

    1. Hi Anna, thanks for sharing your thoughts on Daring Greatly. It is so based in research that it stood out vastly from anything in the self help genre. I’m glad you liked it, too!

    1. Allie, I haven’t read anything else by her, so I’m not sure. I think Daring Greatly is her most popular book, though! You will really enjoy it.

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