One Girl, Five Novels

Books are my most impulsive purchases. I’ll be two-hundred pages deep in one novel and next thing I know, I’m back on Amazon searching for more books. Usually this is after a glass of wine or two or maybe an entire bottle (I plead the fifth). I just have one question: who at Amazon came up with One-Click purchases?! This might be the most genius yet dangerous creation. I’ve been out of control though lately and I have five books I’m concurrently reading. I wanted to share them with you because I think all of them are worth the read. You can click on each image of the book and it'll take you directly the Amazon page, btw :)    

The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

This book sounds like a total snooze-fest if you’re not a geek for mythology like me. (For those who always wondered what my IG handle means – Hel is a Nordic goddess and Garm is her protective wolf-dog. You’re welcome.) However, this book is far from boring – it’s life changing. I feel like every time I open it, Mr. Campbell is speaking directly to my soul. It transformed my perspective on spirituality, creativity and love. If you’re seeking purpose, a new outlook on life or something that feeds you on a soulful level, read this.  

“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.” – Joseph Campbell

On Writing by Stephen King

This is my second time reading this book. Even if you don’t write, this book is still full of inspiration and insight from a very successful author. I tend to quote him all too often because he’s such a brilliant human. Also, The Tommyknockers by Mr. King was the first “adult” novel I ever read. I was eight. (I was an eccentric, ambitious child obviously.)

“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” – Stephen King

Iron House by John Hart

Mr. Hart is a North Carolina native and used to be a defense attorney as well as a stockbroker. He’s incredibly intelligent and one of my favorite authors. Most of his books are thriller that have a reoccurring redemptive motif which makes for complex, intricate characters. Good reads and they’re especially fantastic on audiobook too.

“We can all live with doubts. It's the knowing that breaks us.” – John Hart, Iron House

Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

This is JK Rowling’s best kept secret. She writes a crime fiction series under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith and its absolute perfection. The plot quickly draws you in with its cast of imperfect characters and intricate plot lines. It’s reminiscent of classic crime duos from the early days of television. There are three in the series. I listened to all three on audiobook and now I am reading them just because I loved them so much. Do you ever “miss” the characters from a novel? It’s the feeling I had when the series ended.  

“We don’t love each other; we love the idea we have of each other. Very few humans understand this or can bear to contemplate it. They have blind faith in their own powers of creation. All love, ultimately, is self-love.” – Robert Galbraith, The Silkworm

The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

 I’m cheating with this one. I haven’t started to read it yet except for the first page (I know, I know), but this is a series of three novels from this Danish author. The series is called Department Q and each book has a corresponding movie on Netflix right now. If you’re okay with subtitles and like crime movies, get off this site and go watch them. I was sucked into my couch for a total of nine hours watching these beautiful movies.

“But promises based on ignorance always prove disappointing.” – Jussi Adler-Olsen, The Keeper of Lost Causes.

After these, I'm at a lost as to what to read. Tell me what you guys are reading! Any good recommendations for biographies?