September was busy. We had a group of people (well, an overlapping group of 1, 4, and 1) in town for a week. I went on two road trips to a city 12 hours away, one lasting three days, one lasting seven. Cory’s had more appointments regarding Trigeminal Neuralgia and we’re still figuring out what that means for him and for us (also, we’re still trying to figure out how to spell those words correctly). Language school is in full swing and we’re diving into everything with both feet.
But the books I’ve been reading have been worth the time I’ve been able to squeeze them into. I think there’s a little something for everyone here.
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Look Me In The Eyes by John Elder Robinson
While most people on the spectrum to do not lead lives this exotic, it’s still helpful for understanding how someone with Aspberger’s processes the world. He’s a good writer with a fascinating life and a unique perspective. His reflections on family have challenged my own memories of my family and I’m grateful for the ways this book opened my eyes and caused me to think.
How (Not) to Start an Orphanage by Tara Winkler
If you are involved in missions, especially orphan care, this is a FANTASTIC book to read. The author takes us along on her journey as she got involved in orphan care in Cambodia, eventually opening an orphanage, then along on her journey of discovering how most of the orphans in weren’t actually orphans and what can be done to keep children in their families (when it’s poverty, not lack of parents, that take kids out of their homes).
Some conservative Christians may be bothered by the fact that Tara talks about romantic relationships with other women but this should not distract them from the value this book has to offer in shedding light on the global orphan crisis as well as what it teaches about how best to care for these kids.
Because I own this book, I can loan it through the Kindle App if anyone’s interested.
Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
My favorite thing about Moriarty’s writing is how she tells stories (well) from multiple-perspectives. This book follows adult triplets for a year as they experience the normal ups and downs of life. In addition to shifting perspectives, she jumps back and forth in time well, giving interesting and insightful stories from the past that help make sense of the present.
I love the way the stories unfold. In the same way that we realize things about ourselves over time, characters realize things about themselves over time…even if it should have been as obvious to them as it probably was to everyone around them. The stories she tells are interesting and easy to relate to (she explores themes of family dynamics, loss, grief, betrayal…normal stuff) but the way she tells them is really what makes them worth reading.
N or M? by Agatha Christie (Audio)
I spent several hours last Sunday painting my hallway and putting up wallpaper in my kitchen. Rather than listening to podcasts I downloaded “N or M?” by Christie. As I was browsing I learned the Christie books I’ve been listening to on the Hoopla App are slightly abridged versions of her classic books designed for specific levels of English Language Literacy making them accessible for English language learners as well as people who would enjoy the stories but don’t have the reading skills or vocabulary to enjoy the works in the original form.
It was a simple mystery novel, fun to listen to and carried me while I did the home improvement projects I don’t love but make a huge difference.