My List of Life Altering Reads

November 25, 2014

We are nearing the end of #NaBloPoMo and this week is going to be a STRUGGLE to think of interesting things to write about. It’s been a great albeit difficult exercise for me but I have hit an all time high of 2000+ pageviews thus far (don’t laugh) so it’s definitely been worth the effort. But what oh what to write about for the next 7 days?!

I know! Books!

I’ll write about books!

I love to read and don’t do nearly enough of it these days. But with the holidays fast approaching I am compiling my wish list for Christmas and I hope to re-read some of my all time favorites all of which have had a very profound influence on me in someway or another. So without further ado…..


The Post Birthday World by Lionel Shriver: Now that I am pretty much half way through my life I find myself looking back on my past 40 something years and wondering “what if”? “What if” I took that certain job years ago… “What if” I hadn’t moved cities for that boy.. “What if” I had told that certain someone my feelings long ago and “What if” I had followed my passion in university. How different would my life be now?
Basically all the decisions I have made in my life have taken me to where I am today – which is a great place to be, don’t get me wrong. But what if I made made a different decision years ago – making those decisions can alter our lives in major ways. Such is the premise behind this amazing novel by Lionel Shriver. A middle aged “happily married” woman is tempted to kiss a former flame and her decision to “kiss or not to kiss” leads her life down a drastically different paths. The book alternates between two parallel universes, one where she resists temptation and one where she gives in to her passions. A great read to answer those “what ifs”.

A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving: ARE WE REALLY IN CONTROL OF OUR FATE? DO YOU BELIEVE IN GOD? WHY DOES OWEN TALK LIKE THIS THROUGH THE WHOLE NOVEL? 🙂 I read this book a good 20 years ago and it definitely brought up a lot of BIG LIFE questions for me at a fairly young age. I don’t even know if I was mature enough at the time to really comprehend all these big questions so this book is definitely on my re-read list for the holidays.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed:  This book tackles a couple of things are very difficult for me a) being alone with my thoughts for too long and b) being in the wilderness ALONE with my thoughts. This true story follows Cheryl as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Dessert to Washington State ALONE as she tries to battle her personal demons and heal her soul after losing her mother and her marriage in her early 20’s. You won’t put this book down so be prepared to have a comfy chair and lots of rum and eggnog nearby!

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver: This novel is deep and dark and probes into one of my worst fears as a mother – what if I don’t or can’t love my child enough and they become adversely affected by it? Unlike the bok, I don’t think any of my parental shortcomings will result in my child becoming a homicidal maniac but I think we all struggle as parents with this from time to time. Do we love our kids enough? Do we even like our kids sometimes? Do we regret even want them in the first place? I won’t go much into the book itself but be prepared for a VERY heavy read and one that will have you thinking about the effect you have on your child. Oh, and don’t watch the movie, it doesn’t do the book justice at all!


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  • Reply Jenn @youpinspireme November 25, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    eeee…. I don’t know if we can be friends… I HATED A Prayer for Owen Meany. Perhaps because I saw Simon Birch before I read the book, I was expecting it to be different… but I will echo your sentiment: WHY DOES HE TALK IN CAPITAL LETTERS ALL THE TIME? I GOT A HEADACHE FROM HIM YELLING AT ME!!
    And while I, too, am an avid reader (or… I USED to be, before I had kids, and got Netflix…), I haven’t read any of the others – I’ll put them on my list! Thanks! 🙂

    • Reply Anne November 27, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Sorry Jenn, Prayer for Owen Meany was 1000% more awesome than Simon Birch. It was hilarious, tragic, and amazing. I am just sorry that a mediocre film ruined probably one of the best books ever for you 😉

      • Reply Christine November 30, 2014 at 9:36 pm


  • Reply Brandy November 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I’m struggling at the end of NaBloPoMo too. Today I was just too stressed to post so I’ll write two tomorrow.

    My page views and uniques went up to 2000 this month as well. I usually sit around 900 uniques per month.

    The first book sounds interesting. I’m always asking myself what if! And the one about Kevin I was curious to read but kind of scared at the same time.

    • Reply Christine November 30, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      awesome girl! way to go!

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