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I’ve got three more book recommendations for ya, late as usual. In case you are new here, (yay! welcome!) I’ve been trying to read one fiction and one non-fiction, and listen to one audio book each month, and then share them with you guys. If you would like to check out the last two installments:
1. Fiction: The Inimitable Jeeves, by P.G. Wodehouse
“Hallo, Bertie.” Two words to brighten anyone’s day. Sometimes you just need a little lighthearted company. This is that. The writing is so brilliant that your brain is secretly improving as you laugh-out-loud your way through it. This pair of characters, Jeeves and Wooster, has saved me from my grumpiness on many an occasion.
2. Non-Fiction: Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
On the other side of the spectrum, this is a reflective and heavy (literally) book that I recommend to introverts, extroverts, and ambiverts alike. If you have any of the usual “introverted” qualities, sensitivity, thoughtfulness, etc. or if you live with someone who does, or if you just find human nature fascinating, then you will benefit immensely from this book. It is super well researched and presented with all the nuances of human personality taken into consideration. The author emphasizes the strengths of the introvert, while appreciating the harmony between the different personality types. She writes, “This balance…is our natural state of being, at least in Indo-European cultures like ours which…have long been divided into ‘warrior kings’ and ‘priestly advisors,’ intro the executive branch and the judicial branch, into bold and easy FDRs and sensitive, conscientious Eleanor Roosevelts.”
People are unique and amazing. Read this book to more deeply appreciate just how unique and amazing.
3. Audio Book: A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century , by Paul Kengor
Introducing my two favorite men. (After Jesus and my husband, of course.)
When I read/listen to stories about the life and work of men as great as John Paul II and Ronald Reagan, my daily gripes clear out melt away.
Life has so much to offer us!
And a good life is not the same thing as an easy life.
I haven’t finished listening to this book yet (notice the 17 hours remaining!) but I absolutely love it. It covers so much ground, from the surprising and amazing history of Fatima to the horrors of communism in Easter Europe. It tells the story of not just the two main heroes, but about Fulton Sheen, Pope Pius XII, and many others.
This book is invigorating and inspiring. It fills me with a deeper love and appreciation for both my country and my church.
Life is good, God is good, and we have work to do.
*Announcement: I will be taking a break from the 2 Reads and a Listen series for a couple of reasons, but mainly because my free audible trial expired, and I have 17 hours left on the book I’m currently listening to, etc. etc. In the mean time, I will still recommend good books through my monthly newsletter, and if you would like to sign up for that, you may do so here: