Hey there! It’s been a interesting week weather wise here, and we’ve entered a polar vortex for I think only just over 24 hours today… if the weather man is correct! The Lost Apothecary, is a book that I read last week, and it is being published today! So, a big congrats to Sarah Penner, and hoping tons of success her way.
What I Read Last Week:
The Lost Apothecary, by Sarah Penner. This book is released today!! So exciting, and Harper Collins Ca sent me an advanced copy, so I had a chance to read it before it hit the shelves. It’s fantastic, and I think that anyone who has read and enjoyed Fiona Davis’s books would also love this one. It’s a dual timeline novel, bouncing back and forth between modern day, and the eighteenth century. In eighteenth century England there is an apothecary shop owned by Nella, who sells secretly poisoned tinctures in which the women of London use on the oppressive men in their lives. Back in modern day, Caroline has gone on a trip to London meant to celebrate her anniversary… but lo and behold, the her oppressive husband has dropped a bomb on her lap… so now she is solo, and finds a lost vial of Nella’s apothecary. Caroline pieces together the past to solve an old mystery, and find herself! Lately there have been a string of historical fiction with strong women characters, and also their works with natural ingredients. I LOVE this, as someone who works in the natural healing world, the little tidbits of information that are thrown into the vehicle of a thrilling plot is just awesome!
The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brené Brown. Oh man, this book just hit me at the most perfect time… and this is a re-read. I feel like it spoke to my current soul! If you don’t know who Brené Brown is, well, just google and let your mind be blown. She’s an incredible resource, but also hilarious, so her writing is like you’re talking to a friend who is serving up the most soothing advice. She wrote this book shortly after what she calls her “unravelling”. We are faced everyday with endless messages from media and our society that make us feel like we need to be a certain way to fit in is exhausting, and honestly so BLAH! We are led to think that if only we conform, we can have this perfect life, and FINALLY all will be right in our world. We will find inner peace, our family/friends/partners will love us more, be more successful, etc. Brené writes about her experience in breaking with cycle with her ten guideposts. It’s so good, and so worth reading in a world that makes us believe that because someone’s Instagram/Facebook page is perfect, they must be to, so in turn I must be like them… learning to embrace, and celebrate yourself is the key to joy.
The Library at Mount Char, by Scott Hawkins. Okay, this book was so weird, and in the best-could-not-put-down way. Just be warned, it’s a little dark, and sometimes a little graphic… but it was reminiscent of the Stephen King magic to me. It had the laugh out loud dialogue, and the type of plot that kept rolling at such a smart pace. Carolyn is the lead character, and she’s different. She has lived a lot of her life locked away in an infinite Library, studying all the time, because Father (who may or may not be God) has forced her too. She’s there along with her other orphaned friends/siblings, who also are learning hard lessons at the hand of Father. So when Carolyn shows up in the real world, at a bar and meets Steve, she offers him a TON of money to rob a specific house… and here is where Steve has walked into a much larger situation than he could ever realized. One that is basically a fight for power of the infinite Library, and more importantly, the Universe. I told you this one was weird, but it’s oddly introspective about the impact that humans have had on the world. I found it a super fun read, but I was also impressed with the creativity!
A Quote to Ponder:
I’m going to share one of Brené Brown’s quotes with you, because there were so many passages in my book that are underlined, and spoke to me. I hope that this one resonates with you too!
Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.