After a very exciting week chockfull of books last week, this week was rather slow. I just did not seem to find the focus or time for reading. Thus, I only finished one audiobook (which was awesome though!) and two ebooks, Kingdom of the Wicked and World Wild Vet. I am starting the new week with just one book so this will be even shorter than before.
Group // by Christie Tate
Christie Tate had just been named the top student in her law school class and finally had her eating disorder under control. Why then was she driving through Chicago fantasizing about her own death? Why was she envisioning putting an end to the isolation and sadness that still plagued her in spite of her achievements?
Enter Dr. Rosen, a therapist who calmly assures her that if she joins one of his psychotherapy groups, he can transform her life. All she has to do is show up and be honest. About everything—her eating habits, childhood, sexual history, etc. Christie is skeptical, insisting that that she is defective, beyond cure. But Dr. Rosen issues a nine-word prescription that will change everything: “You don’t need a cure, you need a witness.”
So begins her entry into the strange, terrifying, and ultimately life-changing world of group therapy. Christie is initially put off by Dr. Rosen’s outlandish directives, but as her defenses break down and she comes to trust Dr. Rosen and to depend on the sessions and the prescribed nightly phone calls with various group members, she begins to understand what it means to connect.
Group is a deliciously addictive read, and with Christie as our guide—skeptical of her own capacity for connection and intimacy, but hopeful in spite of herself—we are given a front row seat to the daring, exhilarating, painful, and hilarious journey that is group therapy—an under-explored process that breaks you down, and then reassembles you so that all the pieces finally fit.
Why did I choose this:
I am a big supporter of therapy and love reading memoirs so this is a perfect read for me!
I literally just started so I don’t have much to say yet. hah
What Should I Read Next? // by Anne Bogel
Since my list is so short right now and I don’t have an audiobook lined up for this week either, I thought I’d let you know what I am listening to anyways. When I was in a huge reading slump last year, I started listening to What Should I Read Next? While in the beginning I still did not read much, my TBR list did grow exponentially. I kept hearing about ARCs and galleys and finally, someone said the name NetGalley. What is that? I was quick to look this up and it completely changed my reading life! I am reading more than I ever have before and have read so many good books since I started with NetGalley. I have so many more awesome titles lined up as well!
I took a break from listening to this podcast for a while because I really got into audiobooks. I do feel a little burned out on them lately though so I’ve decided to take a break and listen to podcasts again. I’m starting with this one since there are still many episodes that I haven’t listened to. But I would also love to hear about any podcasts that you might enjoy!
That is all I have for today! I hope everyone has a fantastic week and that the focus fairies visit you during your reading time!