Happy New Year, friends! I haven’t been as active with writing and posting as I was B.I. (before Isla) but I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for still making the time to check in and read what I have to say. This blog (and now website) has been around for close to four years now and has been so much fun and so therapeutic for me – I hope it has been for you, too!
In light of the recent ringing in of the New Year (2020!!!! Can you believe it???), I am giving you my favorite top 9 to report on – BOOKS! I promised myself I would read more in 2019 and I feel pretty satisfied with the result. I want to share with you Logan’s personal favorites of the year, as well as my own! Enjoy:
On Logan’s list (in no particular order and from my observation only):
Good Night Michigan, by Adam Gamble & Mark Jasper
The Goodnight Train, written by June Sobel & illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith
The Wonderful Things You Will Be, by Emily Winfield Martin
If I Built a Car, by Chris Van Dusen
The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein
Little Blue Truck Leads the Way, written by Alice Schertle & illustrated by Jill McElmurry
The Otter Who Loved to Hold Hands, by Heidi & Daniel Howarth
A Traffic Jam of Trucks, by Jennings/Newton/Ward & illustrated by Lisa and Damien Barlow
Llama Llama Red Pajama, by Anna Dewdney
The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg
On MY list for 2019 (in no particular order):
The Nightingale, by Kristin Hannah*
The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah*
Still Alice, by Lisa Genova
Summer of ’69, by Elin Hildebrand
Truly, Madly, Guilty, by Liane Moriarty
Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman (honestly, I can’t remember if I read this in 2018 or 2019, but it was too good to leave off the list)
Merry Christmas, Alex Cross, by James Patterson
The Tenth Circle, by Jodi Picoult
I have to say one thing – if you have never read anything by Kristin Hannah, the woman is BRILLIANT. Her books are out of this world and these two go down as two of the best books I’ve ever read in my LIFE.
OK – so why my obsession with books? I know I’m not alone in this… but books help me escape. They help me when I’m homesick (or any kind of sick). They give me new ideas, teach me new things (and new words), and are just plain magic. Some people (like my husband), claim that they aren’t big readers… what I always tell him is, you just haven’t found the right book.
Your call to action this January? Donate any new or loved books to your local libraries, shelters, schools, etc. Give others the gift of reading!