November 30, 2015

Today, I am linking up with Amber of Mr. Thomas and Me and Rachel A. Dawson for Collaboreads. Each month Amber and Rachel select a category and on the last Monday of the month, anyone who participated posts a review on the book they read. This is my first time participating. Amber and Rachel provide a R.E.A.D.S. review format that I will be following.

This month’s category was nonfiction. I chose to read Find the Good: Unexpected Life Lessons from a Small Town Obituary Writer by Heather Lende.


This book was such an easy read. I loved to see the way many of these lessons came to her in the midst of sad or trying times. It is a very positive book with lessons that remind you to find the good in every situation. It also reminds you of the most important things in your life.
Most of the chapters focus on a specific obituary she had to write and the lesson she learned from that person’s life. Every person’s story was so intriguing. The way she took so much time to find out everything she could about the person to give them a fitting obituary was so interesting, Maybe because that’s not the way writing obituaries works where I live, but I thought it was so great to see that she’s so invested in what she does.

This book is only 176 pages. The author wrote in such a conversational way that before I knew it I was finished.
It was difficult for me to relate to the author in some ways. She is middle-aged. She lives in a very small town in Alaska. She is an obituary writer (of the like I’ve never seen). But through the lessons she learned, I did find myself relating to her. Some of the lessons she wrote about I really connected with. About not taking some things so seriously, trying to find the positive in every situation, and realizing that life is too short. These lessons might seem obvious, but the stories she intertwines with the lessons make them new all over again.

The way the book was written reminds me a little of The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. However, Find the Good isn’t near as good as The Last Lecture in my mind. I would recommend this book, but the main thing it reminded me to do was to recommend The Last Lecture!

When I saw this book at the library, I automatically wanted to read it. The tiny size and bright cover caught my attention. The lemon is significant and goes with the content of the book and the overall cheerful design definitely matches the way the book is written.

My Goodreads rating: 4 stars
Average Goodreads rating: 3.80 stars
I really did enjoy this book and I would recommend it if you want a quick read with a positive message.

Like I said before, this is my first time participating in Collaboreads and I can’t wait to figure out what to read for December’s category which is A Friend’s Favorite.

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    1. Definitely going to check this one out. Her job sounds fascinating to me. Sound like something that was designed exactly for me. I love learning about people. And what an honor to being learning about them in order to present them for one final time in their obit. Very interesting!

    1. Hi Brooke! It was my first time linking up with collaboreads and I loved the topic! Your book sounds great. I think it is so easy to get bogged down with the negatives, the stress, and the busyness. But when we look to Christ and look at His many blessings, it is so much easier to look at good. It is so interesting how this obituary writer can “look at the good” when surrounded with a job that seems anything but. I haven’t heard of “The Last Lecture” but will have to search for it since it seems you really enjoyed that book!

      1. Yes, I have actually read The Last Lecture twice and enjoyed it so much! The author was a college professor who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He decided to give a “last lecture” and the book was born from that. It is definitely a tearjerker at times, but well worth it.

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