2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Non Fiction Young Adult

The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz

I know Oprah has been promoting this book for a time and I finally had the chance to check it out!6596

As with all self help books, I suggest you read with a keen eye; what works for one person might not work for you. That said, there were things about The Four Agreements that I found helpful. Although the examples were rather repetitive and sometimes over simplified, there is good stuff inside.

Occasionally a little too woo woo for me, but still good advice. Be impeccable with your word and Dont take anything┬ápersonally are the two agreements that stuck with me. Now that I’ve finished the book I”m going to go back and review the bits that I highlighted. I’m also going to go back and review my notes from Rising Strong by Brene Brown to see how I can keep improving myself in the new year.

This is a quick read so if you know someone who likes self help, this might be a good holiday pressie for them!

Have you read the Four Agreements? What did you think?


And because the author is Hispanic, this counts toward the Diversity Reading Challenge. Non fiction too!

Adult Fiction

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd


I knew this book was going to be good after I heard the author interviewed on my beloved Fresh Air.

Invention of Wings


I picked up the audio version at work because I thought it might be delightful to listen to. And it was. The actress reading Sarah Grimke’s voices was perfect; she did a fabulous job of translating every character into a distinguishable voice. The other actress was nice and I liked her voice too, but not to the extent that I loved Sarah’s voice.

I anxiously listened to the book thinking that it was going to be a tale of slavery and ┬áthe anti slavery movement seen through the eyes of two women. Instead it turned out to be part epistolary and part treatise on women’s rights and slave rights. The feelings the characters have for each other are difficult which makes the coming of age tale so engaging.

Sensitive and endearing. I would love to see this as a movie.

Once again, Philadelphia is featured as a good place to live, woot!