“To me, there was magic in the learning.”
– Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama’s book “Becoming” is an excellent read. It is interesting, funny and you can learn a lot from it. I think it is also (or maybe even especially) an excellent read for everyone who is being forced to stay at home because of the Corona Crisis. Why?
Practicalities first: the novel has got 400+ pages, which is great, because we have a lot of time to spend at home and what’s better than having a good read to kill all that time?
Apart from that, the book has got a very positive and uplifting tone, something we do not find in the news nowadays and something we all need more than ever.
The book also contains many life lessons. Let me share two lessons you can find in this book and you can use in this special situation we find ourselves in.
One is that more choice leads to more stress. Many of us experience the opposite right now: more stress because we have little choice. A different perspective may be very welcome.
A second one is that Michelle Obama shows us the power of a loving and caring family and the power of friendships, relationships all of us can use and offer at the moment.
There are many more lessons this book contains. Read on to find out which ones from Michelle Obama’s extraordinary life you can link to your “normal” life in the current Corona Crisis.
“Sometimes there is only one thing left to say…..PS, I Love You”
– Cecilia Ahern
The quote is (surprise, surprise) from the novel PS, I Love You. A perfect gift and read for Valentine’s Day.
What is it about?
Well, about letters from one lover to another to start with.
Writing letters is often done at the beginning of a romance. Not so in this novel. The letters, that all end with PS, I Love You, are not written at the beginning, but at the end of a romance. The romance does not end because one of the two falls out of love though. The romance ends because one of the two falls ill. Terminally ill.
Holly and Gerry are childhood sweethearts, they marry and the whole picture just looks like a fairy tale, but without the “and they lived happily ever after”. Gerry gets a brain tumor and just before Holly turns 30 she is a widow. She does not know how to get on with life after this tragedy, something Gerry had anticipated. That’s why he has written 10 notes to her, all with some kind of assignment for Holly, helping her to get on with life and to be happy again.
Prepare yourself with a handkerchief when you start reading the novel, but rest assured: it’s a heartwarming one, a loving one, an uplifting one and one that shows the power of love in many ways.
Read on for more details and for discussion questions you may like to use in your book club or for yourself, simply to get more out of your read.
“Reading brings us unknown friends”
– Honoré de Balzac
Last week, in my budget-friendly NYC blogpost, I jokingly quoted “Here’s to books, the cheapest vacation you can buy.” – Charlaine Harris. Well, it is true, but that’s not one of the reasons why I think women should join a book club.
What are some benefits a book club can offer you? Well, how about the following:
A book club will make sure you broaden your horizon, you deepen your knowledge, you familiarise yourself with other cultures, you develop your communication skills, you work on your management and leadership skills and you will enjoy female friendships. Sounds pretty good, don’t you agree? Read on for more awesome advantages and some useful tips and links too.
“I wondher why ye can always read a doctor’s bill an’ ye niver can read his purscription.”
– Finley Peter Dunne
With the days being long and light, the weather sunny and warm and my summer holidays around the corner, I am selecting novels to read during the relaxing weeks ahead. When you are keen on reading too, you will love my selection of summer reads.
In all 5 novels, a doctor plays some kind of role (hence the above quote ). And trust me, none of the novels has got the “doctor getting a relationship with the pretty nurse” theme. No, they are far more profound than that and still light enough reads for the summer holidays.
Light reads they may be, but they will certainly enlighten and ignite you! Read on to see which 5 novels are my 2019 summer selection for you (in random order).
Sunnies (new): Cerjo, Top: Jones, Shorts: Vögele (previous seasons)
In my blogpost Tips for happy summer days I recommend reading as a perfect way to enjoy your summer days. To inspire you, I will list 3 novels in this blogpost that I think are absolutely worth reading. Like I have written above: You are what you read. You will see that this is very true for my choices. One novel is all about the love for reading, the second one is all about the love for writing and the third one takes place in a school environment. Well…meet me! All three novels have three elements in common: They stay with you for a long time after having finished reading them, there is drama involved and despite these 2 factors they all are an easy read. So, let’s have a closer look at my choices, shall we?