As I mentioned before, by the end of this winter I want to have finished three books. I'm going for twelve throughout the whole year! So what's on my bedside table until March?
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan. A collection of writings by Marina Keegan, a twenty-one year old who tragically dies in a car accident just five days after her graduation from Yale. Her words capture the hopes, uncertainties and possibilities of a young generation, describing he universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. A dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years, the reader is introduced to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: a starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist, amongst others. Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of life while clinging to their improbable dreams.
I Thought It Was Just Me: Women Reclaiming Power and Courage in a Culture of Shame by Brené Brown. A revealing examination of the painful effects of shame - through potent personal narratives and examples from real women, Brown identifies and explains four key elements that allow women to transform their shame into courage, compassion and connection. As a fan of one of her other books, The Gifts of Imperfection, a book I just can't wait to read.
I'm very excited to get started! What have you been reading lately?