Sharing The Joy of Reading

A good book is an event in my life. Stendhal, French writer

One of the my favorite pastimes is reading. Through the writing of the sixty-four authors I read in 2019, I had the pleasure of learning, traveling, empathizing, smiling, crying, and meeting new people. Here are a few of my favorite books. 

Great fiction for book clubs: Where the Crawdads Sing, The Winter Soldier, Educated, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

Outstanding non-fiction: Becoming – Michele Obama, The Moment of Lift – Melinda Gates, The Education of an Idealist – Samantha Power

Newbury Award winning book for youth – A Book About a Boy

More fiction: The Sound of Glass, The Lost Girls of Paris, City Girls, Woman In Cabin 10, The Truth According to Us, The Last Mrs. Parrish

Affirmation: Books open up the world to me.

Coaching  request: If you’re not a reader, I challenge you to read a book just for fun this month. Let me know how it goes. 


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The Joy of Books and Book Clubs

Books are a uniquely portable magic. Stephen King in On Writing

If you know me or have been reading my blogs, you know how much I love to read. I’ve been in book clubs since I retired fifteen years ago. Serious book clubs where we each read the book, have a discussion leader with great questions, and look for hidden meanings and recognize beautiful language.

I’ve read books I would have never read on my own. Once in a while I read a book I don’t like but later I’m glad I did because it pushed me out of my comfort zone and opened my eyes to something different. My next book club selection is Where the Crawdads Sing, a beautifully written book with a powerful story. Judy, a retired teacher and talented discussion leader, will help us discover new insights and come away with greater appreciation of the author, Delia Owens. What a joy!

Affirmation: Books and books clubs enhance my life.

Coaching questions: If you’d like to be in a book club, check out your local library or start one yourself. If you have no time for reading, consider audible books while you’re doing errands or working out. How do/might books enhance your life?