Holy man, Autumn 2017 was not a winner! Our life was unusually busy and I did not handle it well! Nevertheless, this is my second two-for book club post – September and October. The last few months have been so busy because of my job, specifically traveling. In one month’s time I was in Houston, Chicago and San Francisco. So much time in the air allowed me time to read. I think one of the main reasons I love to fly is because it’s an escape from the rest of the world – no one can call me or email me while I’m up there, I can’t check Facebook or Instagram, but I can read.
China Rich Girlfriend
Mix and Match Mama hooked me on Kevin Kwan’s three book series this year. China Rich Girlfriend was the second book of that series and I loved it. There were a few story lines in the first book that left me feelings angry and unjust. I’m glad to report that China Rich Girlfriend served justice exactly as I would have written it! Just like the first book in the series, there are so many characters and it is hard to keep straight. He includes a family tree at the beginning, but that’s hard to reference on an e-reader. Y’all know I hate e-readers, but I can’t quit them because #convenience.
What Made Maddy Run
Did you read my Favorite Instagram Accounts post? If not, you can read it here and be sure to follow Real Food Whole Life. I love following Robyn for her recipes, but she also has a podcast called The Feel-Good Effect. I don’t listen to her podcast because it’s not a subject that I’m particularly interested in, but one day she was promoting it on her Instastories and I happened to catch something that sparked my interest. The episode she was talking about featured Kate Fagan, an ESPN reporter / writer. Kate and Robyn were discussing Kate’s new book, What Made Maddy Run, and I made a note to read it.
Before leaving for San Francisco (9 hours on a plane, total), I headed to the library and picked this book up. I nearly finished it on the plane to California – it’s a quick read. Kate shares the story of a college freshman, Maddy, who tragically took her own life. This book brought to light the crisis which is the lack of mental health care in the collegiate athletic community. I had no idea how isolating it is to be a college athlete, and I’m sure the pressure is beyond my imagination.
Reading this story really impacted me, and I feel moved to do something in my own community, which is also home to thousands of college athletes. I’m still trying to figure out what that might look like, by my heart and mind are open. As I would with any book of this nature, make sure you are in good spirits while reading Maddy’s story.
Rich People Problems
Talk about a polarizing book log! I needed a little whimsy after the heaviness in What Made Maddie Run, so I turned to Rich People Problems. This book might be my favorite in the series, but I also can’t remember how the first book made me feel, so let’s call it a tie! I was stunned on multiple occasions in this book. I love when I have no idea how the story will wrap, and that was true in this book. There were so many twist and turns before the author finally told us how it all went down with the main family.
I’m not going to lie, I do wish it ended a tish differently, but overall, I was quite satisfied at the end of the book. If you are looking for a well written story, I highly recommend starting with Crazy Rich Asians. This series is fun to read, but it’s so different than many of the novel writers we’re used to (Nicholas Sparks, Elin Hilderbrand, etc). Crazy Rich Asians is also being created as a movie right now, so that’s reason enough to read it – I can’t wait to see the film!
I’m still working my way through Mere Christianity. Three months in the making, but I have strong intentions to finish this month. I’m also hoping to squeeze in two more books over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Uninvited by Lysa Tyrkeurst is high on my list. Her story this past year has really inspired me, and I love hearing her speak, so I’d say it’s high time I read one of her books! But what else should I read? I left a month goal on my PowerSheets as Read “………
Send me your suggestions! And if you love a book based off of my Book Club posts, do share – I would love to know.