In January, I set a (VERY LOFTY) reading goal on Goodreads to read 100 books this year. As of now (the end of October), I’m at 72. Can I read 28 books in two months?!? Gah! I’m going to do my best. Next year I’m not going to aim quite so high. 😉 Anyway, I did make a little progress toward the 100 this month. Here are my recs on books to read and skip.
The Sacred Enneagram, by Christopher Heuertz
Oh, this book.
It was on my Amazon list for a while, so I was super pumped to receive it as a Christmas gift last year.
Listen. I big puffy heart LOVE the Enneagram. I love anything related to the Enneagram. If you put the word “enneagram” in the title of something, I will buy it.
I did NOT love this book.
It was fine. Just fine. Not great.
The writing felt kind of stilted. Hard to relate to. Kind of…dare I say it…uppity.
The reviews for this book on Amazon and Goodreads are glowing, so I get that many people out there apparently have a strong affection for this book. It’s very possible that you could read and love this book, because I am apparently in the minority here. I get that.
It had some helpful tidbits in it. I did copy a few passages from it into my commonplace book. But overall, I’m bummed about this one. I had high hopes for it.
Long story short: this is not at ALL my favorite book on the Enneagram. Especially if you’re new to the subject. I’d definitely recommend starting with The Road Back To You by Ian Morgan Cron (which is on my list of recommended reads) if you’re just starting to dip your toes into the waters of the Enneagram. That book is very well written, very applicable, and very relatable. This one, not so much.
Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg
This is a book on writing that is recommended by hope*writers. It’s an older book and I DIED when I found it at one of the libraries we use, because I was sure I’d have to buy it in order to read it.
After I finished it, I decided I need to own it. (So much for saving money. Ha!)
One thing I struggle with in writing is getting past the little voice in my head that tells me I’m no good at writing, I’m not smart enough, and that I shouldn’t even bother because who cares, anyway?
This book has really gotten me past that.
It’s taught me to just WRITE. Stop critiquing every word and just get the words out. You can always go back and edit and tweak if you want, but just plop the words down on the paper in a way that makes sense to you and keep moving forward even when it seems like it’s all nonsense.
I needed to read that advice. It’s so simple and basic and freeing. I’m free as a bird over here, people. 😉
So I’m already applying the wisdom from this book. If you’re a writer, get your hands on a copy of this one.
Rethinking School, by Susan Wise Bauer
This was a great book. Susan Wise Bauer is wonderful, and she gives an excellent analysis of both public schools and homeschooling in this book. She examines the pros and cons of each, and gives advice to parents on how to see that their child is receiving the best education possible in whatever schooling situation they’re in.
I’m glad the library had a copy because I don’t feel like this is a book I need to own, but it’s a very good read. Tons of wisdom and helpful tidbits. I highly recommend it for anyone trying to decide on the best schooling option for their children.
Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
This book has been on my reading list for a while. This is not a genre I usually read (sci-fi/futuristic), but it was good. REALLY good. It was a very fast read and one that will stick with me for a while.
The Curiosity Keeper, by Sarah E. Ladd
This Christian fiction book was my Kindle fun read for the month, borrowed from the library using the Libby app on my phone. It was ok. It was a pretty predictable story line, and it was an easy read. I did enjoy the author’s writing style, but the story itself fell flat for me.
There you have it – my list of books to read and skip for October 2018. What are you reading right now?
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