I finished three very different books in May.
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (★★★★★)
I was not aware of the controversy around the book and its author when I started reading it. American Dirt follows the story of Lydia and her eight-year-old son, Luca, as they flee from the cartel after surviving a violent shooting that murders their entire family. Lydia decides that their only hope is to leave Mexico by way of La Bestia, the migrant trains that travel north toward the United States. In spite of everything said about the novel, I found it to be riveting, suspenseful, heartbreaking, and hard to put down. I also once over couldn’t help but feel empathy for all the people in the world who are forced to pick up their lives and leave everything they know behind in search of safety. While the book is fictitious and its ending a bit too tidy, it raises awareness for the plight of migrants, and if nothing else, that makes it worthwhile and important IMHO. Now let’s also go and read more authentic voices on this topic.
The Nine Lives of Rose Napolitano by Donna Freitas (★★★★☆)
Should Rose have a baby or not? That is the central question of this book, which is explored in 9 different scenarios with various different outcomes. This is a really well-thought-out and poignant look at what motherhood might mean for a woman and how that decision will impact a woman’s life. The freedom to decide if one feels the calling to motherhood or not is still something that is not easily granted to women in our society
I thought Freitas did a great job dealing with the nuanced feelings of such a life-altering decision, and how it can impact the relationship with your spouse and extended family. As someone who didn’t have children, I could very much relate to some of the feelings/thoughts around this topic.
I really enjoyed Freitas’ writing style, however, the one thing I found challenging was the format. It was hard to keep track of the 9 different scenarios, although, ultimately it wasn’t that important as the themes and reflections of each scenario came through.
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron (★★★☆☆)
I had heard about the Enneagram before but hadn’t really dived into the topic much, so I thought I’d learn a bit more by reading this book.
This book was informative, don’t get me wrong, but not as helpful in identifying my Enneagram type as I was expecting; it’s just an overview of each type, from a lite Christian perspective (although that didn’t bother me as much, even as a non-Christian). I identified with different aspects of different Enneagram numbers and at the end, still wasn’t really sure what my main type is.
It seems to me that it’s pretty normal to fluctuate between different types depending on the situation. I ended up taking a couple of online Enneagram tests after reading this book and I am somewhere between a 1, 2, 6, and 9. Doesn’t nail it down exactly, does it? I might have to mull this over a bit more. Have you identified your main Enneagram type? How did you arrive at this conclusion?
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