Quick Lit: June 2015

The Girl on the Train

I jumped into this book without knowing much about it. I don’t want to include any spoilers, so I’ll keep this review brief.  I found myself completely enthralled by the unreliable narrators and flawed characters.  I did feel like I figured out the ending prematurely, but would still recommend the book as a great pool/beach read.  (warning: language)

Big Little Lies

I read Big Little Lies right after Girl on the Train. Both stories involve violence against women, which is always a difficult subject to read about, but I was really overloaded by it after reading these two books back to back.  Liane Moriarty is a great storyteller and I enjoyed the journey her characters took throughout Big Little Lies. The plot twists and turns and as I learned more about the characters I couldn’t put the book down. But this is not my favorite of her works (this one is). (Again, strong language)

Art, Inc.

I spent the rest of the month in Non-fiction because I was so burned out by the two previous novels. Art, Inc. was written by one of my artistic heroes (Lisa Congdon).  Her advice to artists and illustrators looking to make take their love for art into a full-time paying gig was equal parts helpful and inspiring.  I felt like certain passages, especially those on self-doubt and fear were written specifically for me.  The book is a practical, down-to-earth look at how much time, effort, patience and sweat is necessary to become a working artist.

Time Management Mama

I adore the Brilliant Business Moms podcast and was so thrilled to get my hands on a copy of their book.  I didn’t feel like there was anything incredibly groundbreaking, but I found their practical tips for work-at-home Mamas and especially the advice from other moms who are in the trenches, working to create some sort of balance between work and family, really helpful. It’s packed with lots of great ideas to help you reach your dreams while still being completely present with your family.


This is the fascinating story of a woman who walked 1700 miles, with 3 camels, through the Australian desert to the Indian Ocean.  Her grit and determination are incredible and the straightforward manner in which she told her story drew me in quickly.  She tells about her highs and lows and what the mostly-solo trip did to her psyche.  Truly an amazing account. (You can also watch the movie on Netflix right now.)

Head to Modern Mrs. Darcy for many more book recommendations.