Another month has gone by, and that means it’s time for my monthly book review (no spoilers)! October was a wonderful month, which is why I only finished two books. I had a bit of a problem deciding on a book, and would read a few lines before changing my mind…between that and having a great time (and a busy time) as a family, two books is where I landed. The good news is that these two books are ALL I NEEDED. They are SHEER PERFECTION, ladies. Get your hands on these!
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
First of all, I need to ask you a question. Do you like the novel Jane Eyre? If you answered yes, you need to pick up this book immediately. While Eleanor Oliphant is not some sort of Jane Eyre knock-off, there are striking parallels when it comes to the heart of the novel. In its details, though, this book is entirely modern, Eleanor is completely unique and strangely loveable, endearing herself to the reader like an offbeat best friend.
Eleanor made me want to “work from the outside in,” just like she does, to grow, and to learn to love better. She made me laugh in her misinterpretations of the culture around her, and she made me cry because of that same unique point of view.
I smiled at her. Twice in one day, to be the recipient of thanks and warm regard! I would never have suspected that small deeds could elicit such genuine, generous responses. I felt a little glow inside—not a blaze, more like a small, steady candle.
I found that in some ways, I had a lot in common with Eleanor. That’s why it meant so much to me to see her transformation and feel like I went through it with her in a way.
As a person who used to read Jane Eyre once a year, I think now I have another book to read right after it. If you’re a Jane Eyre fan, here’s a quote from Eleanor about her.
Jane Eyre. A strange child, difficult to love. A lonely only child. She’s left to deal with so much pain at such a young age—the aftermath of death, the absence of love. It’s Mr. Rochester who gets burned in the end. I know how that feels. All of it.
And speaking of books that are on my list to read annually, it’s time to move on to the next amazing book that I read in October.
Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe
This nonfiction book is pretty much the only one any mom needs. I grabbed Desperate because I judged it by its cover, and based on that alone, I could already relate. We all have a hard time with parenting, and that’s ok. But sometimes it leads us to look for formulas in the hopes that if we do everything right, our kids will finally be little angels. Well, Desperate sets us all free from formulas and standards that will only make us frustrated, sad, and angry. Desperate is a great book for latching on to grace and getting some great ideas for self-care and rest that we moms so desperately need. And yes, it will help you in practical areas of mothering as well (like discipline, housework, quality time with your kids, and more).
I’m thankful for the opportunity to pour into my children, but when we choose to give the best of ourselves to them, we will need a break, or we will break. We’ll get desperate.
I feel like I got to know Sarah and Sally personally. And I loved that every single chapter ends with a link to a video of them talking to us about the topic of that chapter. It really helped solidify what they were talking about and also just helped me feel like I had a few more moms in my corner. Who couldn’t use that?
One last thing about Desperate: the Kindle price is $3.99. I don’t know what sort of strange magic this is, but go on and grab it already!
If you want to know how I get my books, I wrote a guide to borrowing e-books online. I’m nerdy that way. I just want you to know that you, too, can read e-books using the free Amazon Kindle app!
What have you been reading lately?