Since getting rid of cable a few months back D and I have been watching less TV, which means more time to either waste time or be productive. And this year we’re trying to be more productive. And one way we decided to be more productive this year is to read more. Yes, even my husband thought this was a great idea.
I will admit that I’m totally copying a friend by making a list of books to try to read this year. I needed to write down all of these books that have been on my mental list, some for years and others just recently. So here it is. A mixture of fiction and and non-fiction, and even a few that I want to read with my kids. I will do the same as my friend and return here after I’ve read them and give a quick little review.
1. Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Currently reading this with Evie. She needs a lot of motivation to read and what seems to work well is if I read a page and then she reads a page. So far it’s going well and so far we are both enjoying this book. Full review to come when we finish…
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Started reading this on Friday and finished it today. Beautifully written. Heartbreaking story of wrong choices and forgiveness.
3. Why You Do the Things You Do by Tim Clinton
A friend mentioned this book about a year ago and although nonfiction is not my favorite, it sounded like an insightful read.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer
Charming. Loved these characters. Felt like their friend. Easy read.
Unbroken by Laura Hildebrand
Amazing true events of a WWII bomber who was shot down over the Pacific Ocean and survived days at sea, and even more days at a POW camp. Loved the ending and the story of redemption. Learned a lot about WWII, very informative and historical novel. But because of this I sometimes got bored with all the “fact stating” and wished for a bit more story telling. But I would definitely recommend this book.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
A tragic love story for the current generation. Read it in two days, lots of smiles and some tears, would recommend.
7. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
8. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
9. The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery
10. The Circle Maker and Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson
11. Night by Elie Wiesel
12. The Giver by Lois Lowry
13. The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Another book to read with Evie.
14. City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell
15. Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
So good. Cried. Beautiful story telling. Definitely would recommend.
17. My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
To read with Eli.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I didn’t actually read this. Maybe I was in an “anti-curse” mood that day, but when there are like 10 cuss words in the first few pages I didn’t really feel the need to read any further. Off the list.
19. Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions by Lysa TerKeurst
Me emotional? I thought this would be a good one, recommended by a friend.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Not as good as The Hunger Games, by far, and the writing is at times just really bad, but it was entertaining and kept my interest. Easy read.