Recent Reads 5: May’s Books

May felt like a busy month with Ellis’ first birthday and a trip to Oklahoma, so I kept last month’s books easy and enjoyable!

Tuesdays with Morrie

I read Tuesdays with Morrie about ten years ago and really enjoyed it. It’s one of those books that should probably be required reading for basically all humanity. The premise of the book is that the author discovers that his favorite college professor has late-stage ALS and reunites with him for a series of conversations/lessons about life (which take place on Tuesdays…hence, the title). Throughout the book, I was constantly challenged to reconsider what I spend my time on and to not take each day for granted. This is such a good book that is both short and easy to read. I would definitely recommend this one!

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

After being reminded of how much I loved Tuesdays with Morrie, I had to re-read the other Mitch Albom book that I own! The Five People You Meet in Heaven is fictional (unlike Tuesdays with Morrie). However, like Tuesdays with Morrie, this is both an impactful and easy read. This book is about Eddie, a man who has been through his fair share of hard times. The book follows Eddie’s journey through heaven after an accident at the amusement park where he works. Heaven definitely isn’t what he expected, but as he meets with five different people whom he impacted or who impacted him during his life, the beauty of the connectedness of humanity is unfolded. Although not quite as personally challenging as Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven sets the stage for introspection. I would highly recommend this book!

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