Over the last six months I’ve found myself less and less able to enjoy fiction of any kind, and have gravitated toward biographies, true stories, and what could be loosely called self-help, or motivational books.
I suppose this is a product of our new reality.
With even the most minute day to day decisions bearing life or death consequences, I found I had no patience for silly characters overly concerned with trivial or unimportant issues, and put down four books in a row before I decided it was me, not them.
Then, I found myself rereading the entire JD Robb, In Death series, followed by a reread of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series,,,for comic relief.
But after that I was at loose ends, seeking strong, confident female voices, and finding them in non-fiction books that spoke to me. Cue a reading/listening frenzy.
Here are my current favorites–good books written by gutsy, resilient women, and all but the last two are narrated by the author.
- UNTAMED, by Glennon Doyle
- DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING, by Rachel Hollis
- KNOW MY NAME, by Chanel Miller
- MORE MYSELF, by Alicia Keys
- IF I KNEW THEN, by Jan Arden
- BECOMING, by Michelle Obama
- THE MEANING OF MARIAH CAREY, by Mariah Carey
- BECOMING BULLETPROOF, by Evy Poumpouras
- WOMEN ROWING NORTH, Mary Pipher
- MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE, by Lori Gottlieb
Also, a dear friend recommended SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL, by Patricia MacLachlan, as a lovely read capable of taking one away from the chaos for long enough to allow a soul to settle. I picked up the audio version–beautifully read by Glen Close–and settled in to enjoy. It was a delightful listen which did indeed take me away, and I look forward to listening to the rest of the series “as needed,” in the coming weeks and months.
To the authors of the books listed above, I was captivated, emotionally invested, and in some cases unable to look away. For that I thank you! Also, I shall hear your voices in my head whenever I see one of the projects I was painting while listening to your stories.
To everyone else, has your taste in reading material changed? Do you find yourself seeking simple distraction? Or perhaps deep connection?