I'm slowly making progress down Ryan Holiday's list of the best books he read in 2014, and the next one I tackled was Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things.
This was pretty different from the types of books I read, as I normally don't read love/relationship advice columns. It was indeed filled with lots of advice in that department, but I was impressed with how much it touched on much bigger questions of what life is about, how to treat our parents, make difficult decisions, and cope with loss and joy. It was so well written, and I remarked upon how many excellent illustrating examples and how much poetic prose filled this book. It's clear the author has read so much (she says she carries in her all the poems she's read, and it's clear she's integrated them deeply), and I respect that a lot.
Audio was also a great format for reading this book. Read by the author, the (strong, explicit) language and emotion really came alive, and I would be lying if I said I wasn't holding back tears, with a dry mouth and a heavy metal ball in my chest, as I read some of the most touching stories in the book (maybe I'm a hopeless romantic, maybe the writing is just that good). In any case, I learned a lot and enjoyed the book. My notes below highlight some of my favorite little quotes, but I found myself too caught up in the stories to take as many notes as I normally do.