Signs of Life by Natalie Taylor


since I got my Kindle Touch I am back on the bookish way of life.

I don´t know about you but I either read a couple of really great books in a row or nothing at all.

Besides a few health books (which I´m totally going to tell you about) there was nothing going on story-wise, I blame it on too much tv.

What else?

Then I came across Danielle´s blog with a rad summer reading list and one of her suggestions never really got out of my mind.

Yes, it´s the gem on the left and it was the first one I downloaded on my brandnew Kindle. No regrets over here!

It´s called Signs of Life, a memoir by then 24 year old Natalie Taylor. Newly-wed, pregnant and all-of-a-sudden a widow.

The book starts with her husbands freak-accident and follows her emotional journey, her family and her baby boy.

Natalie literally had to re-build her life and figure out how this is going to work not only for herself but also for her son.
There are a lot of tears and pain and struggle.

I truly admire this woman for being so bluntly honest and not afraid to tell it like it is in some really awkward situations.
It´s raw and painful to read at times but also surprisingly funny as you follow along her path.

I love that the reader gets a chance to accompany her at work, teaching English to Highschool students, discussing the great books and writers in history. And the similarities she sometimes sees in a specific character and her very own chaotic life….

I leave it at this as I don´t want to give too much away but for the curious ones, check out her website and blog if you like.

– Would I read it again: Yes!
– Would I buy a copy for a friend: Yes!
– My favorite parts: the sweat pants, the fat baby :)

(Image courtesy of Natalie Taylor)


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  1. I love, love to read. My to-read list is near 400 books and it keeps growning. I have read 40-some books this year. I blame it on husband getting rid of the cable last year :)

    Thanks for the suggestion and the reading list, I am going to check it out.