"From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood." -A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
My favorite books that I read this year:
The Rent Collector by Cameron Wright
This gave me a greater perspective on the privilege it is to be literate. It was also a great lesson in humanity---there are many layers and aspects into every life. Be so cautious in labeling and making judgements on a person until you have "walked in their shoes."
An Everlasting Meal: Cooking With Economy and Grace by Tamar E Adler
I initially bought the kindle version of this book...and I liked it so much I wanted to flip through the pages, make notes and use it as a reference...so I bought a paper back copy...and then a few more for anyone I thought might enjoy it as much as I do.
The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma
Reading to my daughters has always been one of my favorite joys of motherhood---this book took it to a new level for me. It also adjusted a few of my parenting ideologies.
The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
Before reading this book I was fascinated by family history and genealogy. This book fueled that fire for me.
I Knew Their Hearts by Jeff Olsen
A reminder that this mortal life is so small when considering the infinite.
Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of a Family by Condoleezza Rice
This left me inspired to work hard for our daughters in order to give them as many opportunities as we can, but also because them seeing you work and sacrifice...is an even a better teacher.
30 Days to Taming Your Tongue by Deborah Smith Peques
We read a chapter of this book on any morning we were organized and together. (It took us a few months.) The chapters are short and it gives an assignment each day. We LOVED it! (especially Danny and I) It gave us SO much to think about. We plan to reread it regularly as a family.