What I Read in November 2021

Well, I'm over a month late, but I wanted to make sure I got this post up because I read two really good books in November and wanted to share! I was able to finish three books, and I'm so happy with how much I've been reading the past few years -- it's such a good feeling and I've grown to love it. These were my November reads:

part of Overwhelmed... so good 

 Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play, When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte

I'd recommend this to anyone and everyone. I saw some reviews online that people were frustrated that the book didn't apply to their life like they thought it would (the author talked a lot about parenthood), but I think it's beneficial for everyone. I was so amazed by all the facts in the book and it really allowed me to take a step back and evaluate my life. Did you know the average high school student today experiences the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient of the 1950s? Did you know that stress is causing our prefrontal cortexes to shrink? There was so much information in this book that amazed me and I wanted to run around telling everyone... my poor parents were the ones that had to listen to me drone on ;)

I loved this quote from the book: "If we are unable to get off the gerbil's endless wheel and appreciate what life is about, we may never be able to recognize fully life’s meaning and ultimate happiness"

Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens

I'm not normally into thrillers, but wow, I loved this one... I couldn't put it down. It's about a highway called Cold Creek, which is a 500-mile stretch in the wilderness. Women have gone missing time and time again on this stretch, and nobody knows what happened to them. The book follows a local girl that essentially seeks to find the Cold Creek Highway killer. The plot was unique in that I couldn't guess what was going to happen next, and I was constantly surprised. I remember it being pretty dark and violent in some places, but that's to be expected in this type of book.

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

I had to read this for school and I'm pretty sure nobody besides high school and college students is reading this book from 1911, but I'm including it nonetheless. I usually think school-assigned books tend to be some of the worst (which I could talk about forever!!), but I actually didn't mind this one. It's about a man named Ethan (hence the title) that lives in a fictional town in MA and is struggling between the responsibility of taking care of his ill wife and wanting to follow his heart and run off with the woman he is in love with. The language can be a little hard sometimes because it's an older book and really descriptive (almost too much), but the plot captivated me. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this, but if you have to read it for school or wanted to read a classic, don't be afraid -- it's nothing like Hamlet ;)