culture   //   August 29, 2017


summer reading

The Bright Hour // SHICATO Tote

I made my way through a solid stack of books this summer. I covered a range of genres – standard beach reads, thrillers, memoirs, and even a self-help title. Some were fantastic and some were not. Of all the books I read though, there’s one that stands out as my very favorite: The Bright Hour.

You know those books that are just impossible to forget? This is one of those. It’s a memoir written by Nina Riggs after she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. (The book was published just a month or so after she passed away.) I know: a mother-of-two dying from cancer sounds like it would make for quite a depressing read but somehow this book is just the opposite. Riggs was a masterful writer. She manages to turn her incredibly heartbreaking situation into an uplifting story that leaves you with only good feelings. (It reminds me a lot of The Last Lecture and When Breath Becomes Air – two others books I highly recommend if you haven’t read them already.) It’s a book that will have you alternating between laughs and tears. It covers all the deep life lessons but does so with just the right amount of levity and humor. I cannot recommend this one enough.

Has anyone read this book? If so, share your thoughts!

For more book recommendations, be sure to check out The Book Club. It’s updated monthly with my latest book recs.

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