This past year I returned to reading. Actually I discovered the wonder of Audible! I vacillated between reading actual books(not kindle) and listening to them. I read some really great ones this year, and some I have would never have chosen myself, thanks to suggestions from my book club and others. These are some that I have read over the past 6 months:
Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owns
This is not your predictable read. It has twists and turns and often made me uncomfortable but in the end I was better for having read it.
Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate
So good and so much to talk about in this based in truth story.
Washington Black – Esi Edugyan
Audible version is one of the best I have ever heard.
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk – Kathleen Rooney
I long to visit New York and see the world through her eyes! Perfect for the new year.
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
Not your typical novel and constantly leaves the reader wondering.
Women In Sunlight – Frances Mays
This book was difficult at the start and not one that I ever would have chosen myself but I really want to go to Italy now!!
Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
This is a beautiful story of growth (no pun intended). You will never look at flowers the same way!
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter – Erika Sanachez
YA fiction but so deep! It is not your typical
Over the Top – Jonathan VanNess story
Some parts make my momma of an LGBTQ+ child cringe but it is so good and inspirational!
Maybe You Should talk to Someone – Lori Gottleib
You will not look at therapy the same again!
This is How it Always Is – Laurie Frankel
This book spoke to me on so many levels. She speaks to the reality of large family life.
How to Walk Away – Katherine Center
Good but very predictable and tied up in a neat bow at the end.
Dare to Lead – Brene Brown
She is Brene and full of wisdom but sometimes it felt like overload.
Imperfect Courage – Jessica Honneger
What an amazing and inspirational book that makes you want to take on the world.
Wolfpack – Abby Wambach
A super short/one sitting read that will motivate you to do better
Pastrix – Nadia Bolz-Weber
A different take on religion and life that I respect so much!
Almost Everything – Anne Lamott
Its Anne – Enough said
The World according to Mr. Rogers – Fred Rogers
I have read this one before and rarely re-read a book but this one deserved to get a send time around and I found even more to love!
Last but not least I have to recommend my own book!
The Lemonade Stand by Michelle Faust is a compilation of the stories of 19 women. Each is a story of strength…. from sour to sweet! My chapter is about how GOTR saved my life. You can order a signed copy from me directly(Dm me!!) or get a copy here:
I would love to know your thoughts if you have read any of these. I would also love recommendations for the new year!
Let’s get busy and work out our minds!