I've been stumbling on some great reads lately. This week I finished two books and continued a third. First up, The Dinner by Herman Koch.
I've heard a lot about this book AND Gillian Flynn, the author of Gone Girl, wrote a blurb for it. This is definitely a page turner; I finished it in a couple of days. It's also unlike anything I've ever read before. What's really interesting is that the main story takes place over one dinner, which I thought was really clever.
I will warn you that I recognize this book as an acquired taste. A friend of mine (hi Sue) said this about The Dinner:
"I did NOT like that book."
I'm not sure like is the best word to describe how I feel about it either. I think I'll say that I appreciated it. You know when you read a book and it's so good that you can't put it down but at the same time, you don't want it to end? This book wasn't like that. I did want it to end because I wanted to find out what happened but I'm not sure how much I was enjoying the experience of reading it. There's a really dark, twisted story in these pages that is unsettling at best and completely disturbing at worst. If you read it, let me know your opinion. I'm curious.
I had better luck with Jennifer McMahon's The Winter People. This is a straight-up spooky ghost story. I'm glad I read this in the spring because if I'd read it in winter I think I would've been afraid to go outside. It's about how far we'd go to bring back a lost loved one. I finished it in a few days. Definite page-turner and very well-written. There was one plot point that bugged me so I couldn't give it five stars but it's a strong four.
Last but not least, I'm still reading Gabrielle Bernstein's Spirit Junkie. This week I'm reflecting on relationships. Gabby, and the Course in Miracles she teaches with, contend that all relationships are assignments. People arrive in our lives to teach us something we need to learn.
This is a tough one. I could feel my egoic mind pounce as soon as I read those words.
"THAT person wasn't sent to teach ME anything. They're just a jerk/moron/pain in the ***."
My reaction reminds me of this Pema Chodron quote:
So this week, I'm reflecting on the lessons that might have been put in my path through my relationships with others. Can I stay open to the lesson with passing judgment?
What do you think? Are relationships lessons or are they totally random?
Happy reading and Happy Hump Day!
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