There’s still time to squeeze in a couple more good reads before September rolls around and we’re busy with everything from school to work and all sorts of things in between!
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
Made into a major motion picture starring (and produced by) Reese Witherspoon, Wild is the author’s autobiographical story of her own personal journey achieved through conquering an incredibly difficult (but rewarding) physical quest.
Megan says: “An incredible true story of a woman’s journey to “find herself” by trekking over 1,000 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail – alone and with no previous hiking experience. Amazing! I loved the overall message that you can do anything you set your mind to. The perfect inspirational read!”
The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
The Greatest Salesman in the World was first published in 1968 and remains a classic to this day. Written as a parable leveraging both mythology and spirituality, this book provides inspiration no matter your age, profession or station in life.
Katrina says: “If read correctly, this 111 page book should take you 10 months to finish, but will have a tremendously positive affect on your life. I cross out all the male gender pronouns and change them to female. :) You'll feel extremely powerful while reading this book.”
The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor
This is the story of Gustav Klimt’s 1907 masterpiece, the beautiful portrait of a Viennese Jewish socialite, Adele Bloch-Bauer. The celebrated painting was stolen by the Nazis during World War II and subsequently became the subject of a decades-long dispute between Adele’s heirs and the Austrian government.
Erin says: “I love the mix of non-fiction, history, and art history. I'm a sucker for anything art history. I'm a little sad they made a movie about it. The book is always better!”
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Recently celebrating the 25th anniversary of its original publishing, The Alchemist has become a modern classic. This inspirational fable is about Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy, who yearns to travel in pursuit of a worldly treasure, but who finds more valuable life lessons along the way than the material goods he originally sought.
Shari says: “This is a book I re-read every couple of years or so when I come across it on my bookshelves. It’s timeless and always relevant with important reminders about listening to your heart, staying focused on what’s truly important, finding ways to empower yourself and to stay true to the real you.”
Old Filth by Jane Gardam
The namesake book of Gardam’s renowned Old Filth Trilogy features Sir Edward Feathers who, after his wife passes away, embarks on a journey to revisit the places and people that shaped his destiny – a neglectful father, a brilliant Chinese dwarf encountered on an accidental trans-oceanic voyage, his wife’s lover and many more. Now looking back as an 80-year old widower, can one man manage a reckoning with his own history?
Rachel says: “Old Filth is an outrageously misleading title for a book about a remarkable man, a child of the British Raj in Malaysia who grows up to be an eminent judge in Hong Kong. It's a delicious, literary book, rich with emotion, imagination and surprise.“
Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon
This thrilling novel from a #1 New York Times bestselling author revolves around an eleven-year old and his father who witness a tragic accident and how they each process and deal with the pain that persists after. As the boy struggles to understand his father’s pain, his eyes are opened to both the good and the bad forces within his small, idyllic Alabama hometown. It will be up to him to save his father and himself.
Addrienne says: “I love this story because it has a little bit of everything. It is a coming of age story set in the 60s (one of my favorite decades). It also does a great job of mixing a murder mystery with humor and something else magical.”
Wild at Heart by John Eldredge
Author Eldredge suggests that institutions and society at large can oppress a man’s heart and true being, thereby preventing the community from benefiting from his deep-seated desire to do good, love deeply and push beyond the limits.
Jenn says: “This book changed my outlook towards men. It allowed me to see that they were created for adventure and that they all want something to fight for and a woman worth fighting for as well.