I have previously shared my enjoyment of short stories. I am in awe of writers of short stories. I believe it is a special skill to really engage readers with a limited number of words. “Five Tuesdays in Winter” by Lily King is a great collection of short stories. Some are sweet, if a little melancholy; others are a little dark.
Speaking of dark, “The Cloisters” by Katy Hays is plenty dark. Immersed in medieval art, Tarot, and the ambience of New York City, “The Cloisters” presents several mysteries and a couple of surprises. Big surprises. It’s the sort of book that upon reaching the end, you might be inclined to reread it just so that you can put all the pieces together as you go. (Or is that just me?) It should definitely be added to your reading list heading into the new year.
Another must-read is “The Light We Carry” by Michelle Obama. In it she discusses how to find, cultivate, and share your light. Drawing from her own experiences as a mother, daughter, spouse, friend, and even as first lady, she provides a frank and honest dialogue with her readers on topics such as relationships, community, and self-doubt. She encourages her readers to work through fear, find strength in community, and to live boldly, because, as she says, “When we are able to recognize our own light, we become empowered to use it.” Regardless of your political persuasion, this book is worth reading.
Another book worth reading was recommended to us by a friend in honor of our retirement. That’s right! My husband and I are of a certain age. So, our friend recommended “Younger Next Year: Live Strong, Fit, Sexy, and Smart-Until You’re 80” and Beyond by Chris Crowley and Henry (Harry) S. Lodge, MD (and in this second edition, Allan J. Hamilton, MD). This book is written for men of retirement age or even younger. (There is also a “Younger Next Year for Women” version. I’ll have to get that next). In these books, you’ll learn how to put off 70 percent of problems normally related to aging, and to eliminate 50 percent of serious illness and injury by following “Harry’s Rules.” This edition also explains how these “rules” for diet, exercise, and staying emotionally connected directly affect brain health, thanks to Dr. Hamilton. Chris’s humor and candor, and Harry’s uncomplicated scientific explanations will provide the motivation for you to train for the next third of your life and to have a ball while doing it. So, if you are of a certain age, or hope to be one day and want to get a jump on it, start your new year with this book.
I hope you find a lot of books with which to start your new year, and to enjoy throughout the year. Happiest 2023 to you, and happy reading.