According to Goodreads, I read 51 books this year (so far). Several 4 star books stood out:
Sapiens – I didn’t love this whole book, but I loved the first couple chapters about our forebears (you know, early humans). It’s so interesting to me to think about how “cavemen” lived – people just like me, but with a totally different life experience.
Evvie Drake Starts Over – This was just a fun, feel-good easy read.
Educated – This is a memoir of a woman who was raised in a highly unusual manner in Utah. It has been fawned over by critics, probably with good reason. I found it engrossing from start to finish.
Becoming – Michelle Obama is almost as interesting as her husband. I loved the first half of this book. The second half which describes her time as First Lady, sadly, read like political propaganda, but that’s to be expected.
Me Before You – Another easy, fun read about a woman who falls in love with a disabled man
Little Fires Everywhere – Thought-provoking, original fiction about an adoption gone wrong and a first-gen girl coming of age
I’m continuing to read to the girls every night. It can be tough with pregnancy, babies, etc., but it’s often my favorite time of day. This year, we read lots of Beverly Cleary. Ramona the Pest was my favorite. The girls love them all. We’re currently finishing off Ramona, Age 8. The girls also fell in love with Roald Dahl this year. I’ve read his books to them before, but perhaps they were too young to fully appreciate them. They LOVE Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Isla must have read it three times, and Bri loves to look at the pictures. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator was also a huge fan favorite.