Book Recommendations for Discovering Greatness

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We all need great book recommendations. Here's what's currently trending in my reading library. Perhaps you'll find your next great read right here!

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I have wanted this little poetry companion book for quite some time. When it arrived in the mail I didn’t even care the front cover was awfully bent. I began reading it that same day.

Don’t let this little book fool you. It’s a lot to unpack and so far I’ve read each chapter twice. I think I have been reading it a little here and there for a month and I am loitering somewhere around page 30.

If you want to learn, like a whole lot about the craft of writing poetry — this is the real deal.

And…Mary Oliver…need I say anything more than that?
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Also, this collection of poetry is lingering near my bedside. It started as a search for love poetry quotes for an article I am working on and well, the book kind of stayed right there on my nightstand. It’s one I pull out of my poetry collection from time to time so I can indulge in the classics for a bit.

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I usually have at least one nonfiction book I’m reading and this one I’ve started to read multiple times before. I loaned out my copy once and never got it back so this is my second time getting a copy of it and setting out to read it.

It’s a very controversial book written by a psychologist about some major mental health conditions and his unique perspective that these aren’t disorders but gifts. To be celebrated, used, and applied rather than suppressed and managed or controlled.

Interesting, right? The tagline says it all: How what makes you different can make you exceptional.

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My current fiction read is one of those cheap books you pick up at the Dollar General and it is not disappointing my nighttime reading sesh.

It’s a dystopian fiction novel that would appeal to those who enjoy Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, though it’s a lot less graphic. The entire book is written as a journalling notebook of an Obijiwe pregnant woman running from the authorities who would imprison her and her life becomes increasingly threatened. The government almost overnight disappears and suddenly all the pregnant women are being round up (sound familiar?) No one seems to know the rules anymore and all the street names are changed overnight to scripture verse numbers.

The notebook/book is written to her unborn child.

So far, and I am 3/4 of the way through it now, it’s been a wild ride with a very interesting writing voice. I’m enjoying both the characters and the writing voice. I’d call this one a win.

The classics and otherwise

(Coming soon…I could use some recommendations on the best classics to begin my re-reading and reading journey.)

I’m really not sure where to start with the classics. I enjoy reading books from all over the world. Two of the most influential classics I’ve read are rather unknown to others when I mention them. I wholeheartedly recommend:

Wolf Totem by Jiang Rong

Named as one of the “Ten Best Chinese-language Books of 2004” by international newsweekly Yazhou Zhoukan. Nominee for the 2nd “21st Century Ding Jun Semiannual Literary Prize” in 2005. Recipient of the first Man Asian Literary Prize, November 2007. — source


A best-selling work in China is set in the 1960s on the eve of the Cultural Revolution and follows the spiritual journey of Beijing intellectual Chen Zhen into the world of the nomadic Mongols, a dying culture that honors the endangered Mongolian wolf and follows a philosophy about maintaining a balance with nature. 25,000 first printing. (Amazon)

Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun

Growth of the Soil (Norwegian Markens Grøde), is a novel by Knut Hamsun which won him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. — source


“The Growth of the Soil” is the novel by Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun which won him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. Stylistically it has a simplicity which reflects its subject matter and there prevails what Worster calls a “Miltonic monumental calm”. Hamsun also has the qualities of a Norwegian Steinbeck in his tale of the tragedies and joys of everyday life. There are also ‘Bergmanesque’ elements in its blacker episodes: the two infanticides; Axel left to die in the snow by the jealous and resentful Brede, whom he has gone out of his way to help and support; and the actions and words of the poisonous, spiteful and grasping Oline. Yet these are relieved by an underlying humour and lightness and all characters seem to have their redeeming features. Tragedy and evil rarely lead to unmitigated disaster, often because of the inner strength and fortitude of the principal characters — (Amazon)

Otherwise, I have big plans to begin at the beginning of the Tudor books by Philippa Gregory — I adore her work. I’ve read a few of them and they are fantastic. I am working on collecting the set and then I’ll power through them all!!

Thanks for checking out this reading list. What are you currently reading? Let us know in the comments!

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