Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart M. Brown, Jr. A great reminder that life isn’t just about tangible achievements, and that focusing too hard on outward success can set you up for misery. Also some guidance on how to reconnect with your inner child and reintroduce play into your adult life. I did think the book could have been written better: some parts were repetitive, and others touched upon an interesting study for only a single paragraph before switching the focus elsewhere. But overall, I think it was worth reading.
Be the Hands and Feet: Living Out God’s Love for All His Children by Nick Vujicic. It says right in the title that this book is about God, and the synopsis makes it clear that it’s about Christianity, so i can’t be too mad for the book being exactly what it said it would be. But … Nick Vujicic is a magnificent motivational speaker; he inspires me and cheers me up, but I’m not Christian. And the more books he publishes, the more he promotes Christianity, and the more I have to dig around to glean inspiration. There were still parts of the book that were entertaining and inspiring, but I wish he’d write another book like his first book, that didn’t feature Christianity quite so prominently.
The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success by Darren Hardy. I wouldn’t recommend this one. It’s basically “I’m rich and married, don’t you want to be like me? Let me tell you my morning routine, my evening routine, and my life philosophies. This guy didn’t follow my advice and his life sucks. Now give my book to other people so they can be like me, too.” No thanks.
Love, Alice by Barbara Davis, a sweet book about a woman grieving over her fiance’s death. It involves a mystery in the past that she’s trying to solve, and some unlikely friendships are formed in the process. I liked it.
Paper Towns by John Green. I love this book so much. It starts out with a grand midnight adventure where the main character, Quentin, is approached by his crush, Margo, to drive her around and exact revenge on everyone she doesn’t like. Then Margo disappears, and the second part of the book is looking for clues as to where she went. Then Quentin thinks he’s found her, and the third part of the book is him and his friends taking a road trip to try to get to Margo. The book is funny but also insightful.