March was a tough challenge month for both Word Nerds. The challenge was a “Best Books before…<insert your age here>.” One of the Word Nerds has a milestone birthday this year. We liked the list from here: http://www.listchallenges.com/oprahs40book
Each chalks up a DNF, which doesn’t necessarily bode well for “Must Read” book lists for either of us…Read on for more details.
Stacie’s Pick: I selected Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. A friend loaned me a copy and a few days later, the audio version from the library showed up as well. It was a win all around…until it was time to read the book. I really liked the style of the author and the narrator, but given the already heavy brain work I was doing in order to pass the exam (results in 5-7 weeks time) I couldn’t absorb this book. I need time to pause, reflect, and process against my own journey.
I’m starting to recognize a pattern for myself with books like this. I put them down to think about them, and don’t always pick them up. I definitely read for entertainment, primarily, and thoughtful books like this are always good, but take me time to actually finish in a way that applies them to my life (I’m still working on the January Reading Challenge book, which was along these lines as well.)
Bethany’s Pick: Mine was a DNF. Technically, a DNS (Did Not Start.) All the books on the list seemed so heavy and I was not in a place for a heavy book. I checked out Ann Patchett’s “State of Wonder” with the best intent… but I took it back unread.