Wednesday, September 30, 2020

2020 Book Update

 I went to the library last night to write a paper but ended up perusing the book sale half the time, instead. Oh how I LOVE books. Everything about looking at, smelling, and touching books carries me into a different time and place and reality til I am no longer standing in a tiny library in Cedar City Utah but instead am surrounded by people, places, stories, and adventures of which I cant wait to be a part of!  I ended up going home with three books last night, which I will read when I don't have anything else to read. I like to always have extra books on hand for when I'm done with my monthly book club book. Then I have something else to read while I wait for the next book club book! 

 It's a rule in our house that you have to always be working on a book. My boys are pretty good at this because 3/4 of them love to read, too. The one who doesn't love to read takes a bit of motivating to find the right book. Here's a photo I took several months ago of what everyone was working on, from Micah all the way down to Malachi.


Here's the latest update of Books we've read for book club since 2014:

1.The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

2. The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews

3. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Klein

4. The Rent Collector by Camron Wright

5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett

6. Unbroken by Lauren HIllenbrand

7. Dealing With Dragons #1 by Patricia C. Wrede

8. Words by Heart by Ouida Sebestyen

9.  Wonder by R.J Palacio

10. Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

11. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

12. These is My Words by Nancy E. Turner

13. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

14. Let Us Eat Cake by Sharon Boorstin

15. The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

16. Doing No Harm by Carla Kelly

17. The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera

18. Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck

19. Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli

20. The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews

21. Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

22. Immortal Nicholas by Glenn Beck

23. The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

24. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

25. Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

26. Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

27. Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts

28. Does my Head look big in this? Randa Abdah-Fattah

30. The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter

31. Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns

32. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

33. Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo

34. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

35. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

36. Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

37. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by Jon Boyne

39. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

40. Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

41. Educated by Tara Westover

42. The Broken Road by Paul Richard Evans

43. The Forgotten Road by Richard Paul Evans

44. Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

45. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Henry Ford

46. Not If I save you First by Ally Carter

47. The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright

48.Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

49. The Road home by Richard Evans

50. My grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorry by Fredrik Backman.

51. Britt Marie was Here by Fredrik Backman

52. Sweetwater by Christina Kline

53. A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner

54. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

55. All the Light we Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

56. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

57. Holly Banks Full of Angst by Julie Valerie

58. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

59. Enchanted #1 by Alathea Kontis

60. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

61. Circe by Madelyn Miller

62. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

63. The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

64. Hold on but don’t hold still by Kristina Kusmic

65. Everything I Never Told you by Celeste Ng

66. Dracula by Bram Stoker (current)


The two fiction books I liked the most from the past year were Circe and The Island of Sea Women. Daring Greatly was my favorite non-fiction. Holly Banks Full of Angst was the overall worst book I read last year.


Books I've read in the past year that were not for book club:


1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

2. A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese ann Fowler

3. Love the One your with by Emily Giffn

4. Divergent by Monica Roth

5. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

6. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kid

7. Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins

8. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

9. The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls


My favorites of these were The Glass Castle and The Book Thief. I actually just finished the Book Thief yesterday and I loved it so much I am still thinking about it. It is one of the most beautiful and poetic books I've ever read. I laughed, I cried, and I fell in love with Liesel Memminger's big, thieving heart, Rudy's adventurous spirit, Mama and Papa Hubberman's unconditional love, Max's determination, and the perspective of the infiltration of evil Nazi Germany from their little houses in Himmel street. I even enjoyed the haunting perspective of the narrator, Death himself. 


In other news, historical fiction is still my favorite genre.

-I also notice that I read a lot of books by female authors.

-I'm not excited to read Dracula this month, but hey--I can't always choose our book club book! The point of book club is to expand my mind and read things I never would've chosen myself.

-Last night I picked up a random fiction book called Mennonite in a little Black Dress and a current non-fiction book called Let's Talk About Race and a book for Micah by Richard Brautigan. 


Happy reading from my online avatar who looks EXACTLY like me! ;)