Book Talk: October 2015

Book Talk

September was a great reading month for me!!  Aside from Elizabeth Gilbert’s hit, I intentionally tried to only read books outside of the current mainstream talk. It served me well!  I absolutely loved these four books!!!  I always adore happy reading months. :)


Book Talk: October 2015

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

By Elizabeth Gilbert

5/5 Stars

It’s no surprise around here that Elizabeth Gilbert is one of my heroes, and this book is truly phenomenal.  If you are in a creative field, have a creative hobby, or are a person at all – you should read this book.  Bloggers.  Painters. Businesspeople. Dancers. Actors. Handletterers. Editors. Designers. Writers. Sculptors. Photographers.

As somebody with a job in a creative field, I was blessed by the contents of this book.  Her description of inspiration, her discussion of fear, her respect for her art, the idea that artists don’t have to be drunk, starving, or tormented – all of it.  Pure greatness.

Plus, I adore Gilbert’s conversational writing.  Just do yourself a favor and buy this book.


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Meaningful: The Story of Ideas That Fly

By Bernadette Jiwa

5/5 Stars

On my quest to read one book a month to help me with my business (my at-home Master’s degree in Business that will take me the rest of my life), I chose this little gem this month.  Why?  It was cheap (2.99 on Kindle!) and Seth Godin recommended it.  Both reasons enough!

I’m so glad I did.  In fact, if you have a business of any kind or want a business (especially all my creative  friends – bloggers, photographers, etc.), I highly recommend as a refreshing look into marketing.

Jiwa discusses and shows the importance of creating, marketing, and selling work that is MEANINGFUL to customers.  It’s not about selling people what they don’t need.  It’s about knowing and loving your customer base and understanding what they want and really need in their lives.  Offering VALUE!


Book Talk: October 2015

The Amateur Marriage: A Novel

By Anne Tyler

4/5 Stars

 I purchased this book on a whim at a Vegas library book sale right before moving to Costa Rica.  I wanted a few real books that I could take to the beach.  If they got lost or stolen, I’d be less sad with one book than my Kindle.

A lot of reviews say this is just a depressing story about a couple who can’t get along.  I saw this novel as so much more than that.  It’s an honest look into the lives of families – lives that are never perfect and rarely tidy.  But there is always some strain of love there that ties them together.

This book follows the entire tumultuous relationship of one couple and their family – from World War II until modern times.  Not a light beach read, but beautifully done.


Book Talk: October 2015

Rebecca

By Daphne Du Maurier

4.5/5 Stars

 This gothic romance was published in 1938 and made into a Hitchcock film in 1940.  I had never heard of it until I read author Kate Morton’s list of favorite books.

It’s beautiful.  The imagery is gorgeous and haunting.  The plot is intriguing even if not the most original idea in the universe.  One unnamed young woman meets a sad widower who owns a large estate.  They get married, but the late wife, Rebecca, still wields power in the estate and all those who live there.

There are some gnarly moments of gender issues that make me squeamish. The main character is not a strong woman.  The dead female antagonist is much stronger.  The husband is demeaning.  But these characters grow as the story does.  Also, keep in mind gender politics weren’t the same in the 30s as they are today.


Do you have any book recommendations that aren’t currently “popular,” but you love them dearly?  TELL ME in the comments!

xo Tay

26 thoughts on “Book Talk: October 2015

  • November 2, 2015 at 5:54 am
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    I read Big Magic on the airport and I have read it three times since then. I love it! I will also love to check out Meaningful! Thanks for the recommendations.

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    • November 2, 2015 at 7:54 am
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      It’s so great – and YES, I think you’ll really find Meaningful to be….well… meaningful 😉

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  • November 2, 2015 at 6:57 am
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    Adding a couple of these to my list! Thanks for sharing!!

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    • November 2, 2015 at 7:54 am
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      Awesome! Enjoy!

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    • November 2, 2015 at 7:55 am
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      Very interesting!

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  • November 2, 2015 at 7:42 am
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    I just started Big Magic, but have not heard about Meaningful. Can’t wait to read it.

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    • November 2, 2015 at 7:55 am
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      It’s a fantastic book with a really important message!

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  • November 2, 2015 at 7:42 am
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    I haven’t read any of these, but I’m also an Elizabeth Gilbert fan, so I will definitely put that one on my list. Thanks for the other reviews and suggestions.

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    • November 2, 2015 at 7:55 am
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      You will love it!

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    • November 2, 2015 at 7:56 am
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      Definitely! He knows what he’s talking about!

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  • November 2, 2015 at 8:02 am
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    Thank you for the Elizabeth Gilbert book recommendation. I would REALLY like to read that one. I have read Rebecca several times and love it. It makes a nice back-to-back read with Jane Eyre. (The movie is also wonderful!) – Trish

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    • November 2, 2015 at 8:26 am
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      Yes – Rebecca is such a great companion to Jane Eyre! You should absolutely get Big Magic – it’s fantastic!

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  • November 2, 2015 at 8:26 am
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    Totally going to go buy Meaningful right now! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    • November 3, 2015 at 2:40 pm
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      Yay! You’ll love it!

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  • November 2, 2015 at 8:59 am
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    Oo, “Meaningful” sounds really good! I’ll have to check it out!

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    • November 3, 2015 at 2:40 pm
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      It’s fantastic!

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  • November 2, 2015 at 9:23 am
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    I’m going to add the Elizabeth Gilbert book to my wishlist! I read a bunch of middle grade stuff for work this month, and I’m in the middle of “Career of Evil,” the newest book in the Comoran Strike murder mystery series (the one that J.K. Rowling is actually writing under a pen name).

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    • November 3, 2015 at 2:41 pm
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      Oh how interesting! I’m going to check that out!!

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    • November 3, 2015 at 2:42 pm
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      You will absolutely have it – it’s fantastic!

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  • November 2, 2015 at 6:54 pm
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    I’m about five pages into Big Magic right now and just can’t find the time to really sit down and dive in. I’m sooo ready, because Gilbert is a huge hero of mine too!

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    • November 3, 2015 at 2:42 pm
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      Yay – let me know what you think!!

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  • November 2, 2015 at 9:07 pm
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    All of these books sound great!
    I am adding them to my list.

    xoxo, Jenny

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    • November 3, 2015 at 2:42 pm
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      Yay! I hope you enjoy!!

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