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Meeting my 2017 reading goals

December 29
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So each year here on the blog I share a little about my reading goals/what I’ve read over the year.

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This year I met my goal of 60 books. (yay!) but did not read as many classics as I wanted to. I had wanted to read 12 classics and 12 non-fiction books in 2017 and while I did read the non-fiction I did not meet my goal in classics. So we try again next year. I think my biggest problem with the classics is that I wasn’t super excited about a lot of them so even though I downloaded the books, I didn’t end up reading or listening to them as I wanted to go through the books that I was excited to get my hands on. To help with this I will be asking for recommendations of classic books so that I will be more interested in reading them.

Note: When I say classics I am referring to any book that stands the test of time and is still popular and relevant twenty or more years after its release. To me this includes The Handmaid’s Tale as well as The Iliad.

 

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So, without further ado, here are a few of my favorites books from 2017. To see everything I read in 2017 click here.

 

Non-fiction:
 If you’re into history, New York, or public transit you might enjoy The Race Underground by Doug Most.  This books shares how Boston and New York created their first subway systems along with all the politics, science, and popular culture around the new system. I love riding the subway when I travel and this was super insightful.


If you have spent much time in the planner world you might be familiar with Emily Ley, creator of the Simplified Planner. Her newest book, A Simplified Life details useful tips and suggestions to make like clean, simple, and enjoyable. This book is for women of all ages and at all places in their lives. Bonus: This book is filled with beautiful photography of Emily and her home.

 

Fiction:

For the longest time I was not a Stephen King fan. I am not into horror and have not read It or The Dark Tower series or anything. This changed in 2012 when a coworker told me I had to read 11/22/63. So I read it and fell in love.  If you haven’t read it yet please stop what you’re doing and fix that. So since then I guess I have kind of been a Stephen King fan. I guess? I enjoyed the Mr. Mercedes series and have loved his newest book which he wrote with his son, Sleeping Beauties.

I picked this up on a whim from a recommendation from a coworker and I LOVED it. This historical fiction piece follows three girls from war torn Europe through present day. The ladies lives do connect many times and it is amazing to see what each has been through and how their lives touched one another for good and bad. A chunky read, this book is worth the time and energy and gives a great glimpse into how WWII affected our world and people.

 

This is just a small snippet of what I have read. If your interested in hearing more about what I am reading let me know! I am a professional librarian and I do love sharing books but I don’t want to over do it, so let me know what you’d like me to share. Have a favorite book from 2017? Share it in the comments!
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Holiday Book Guide- Part 1

November 13
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Holiday Book Guide part 1- Great Thanksgiving and fall books for kids.  Amberdowns.net

This post is the first installment of my Holiday Book Guide series.  My goal is to recommend quality new and classic titles that would be great gift options for children and adults. Today I am reviewing some titles that would be great for Thanksgiving as well as Christmas and other gifting needs. Interested in a title?  Click the photo to be directed to the amazon page for that book.

Thankful by Eileen Spinelli
This book just came out a few weeks ago and is destined to be a Thanksgiving classic.  In the story the child goes over all the simple things s/he is thankful for and then at the end s/he is thankful for “you.” This is a great gift item for both a children and adults. Wondering what to get someone who is so helpful in your life?  THIS BOOK IS THE ANSWER.  I know I will be ordering a couple copies for gifts. This book is great for preschoolers through adults.

Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller
Sophie’s squash is an adorable fall story about a girl who befriends what is supposed to be dinner.  The story, told over several seasons, shares the importance of friendship, even if found in unusual places. This book is perfect for preschoolers and early elementary students.

Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
This awesome book came out in February of this year and is my favorite of 2015.  As you can see, Red is a crayon who clearly isn’t red.  This beautiful tale reminds us that we must be true to our inner selves regardless of what others tell us to be.  FYI this can be a serious tear jerker.  This title is perfect for children of all ages and adults.

The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr(FYI This is another tear jerker) Todd Parr has done it again. He has taken a difficult topic and make it something simple to understand for little ones as well as adults: dealing with loss of a loved one. This book hits on many levels without going into too much detail.  The bright, simple, way he explains the feelings of loss are great for confused children as well as adults who are still coming to grips with this very personal topic. This title is perfect for children of all ages as well as adults.

Little Tree by Loren LongLittle Tree is a lovely story about a tree that refuses to let go. After his leaves turn brown in the fall the little tree does not drop them.  It is not until he can let go of the leaves that he can grow again. This is another story that children in preschool and elementary school will enjoy as well as adults who have been through similar situations.

 I hope that you have enjoyed my book recommendations.  Check back later this month for more titles as well as Christmas books and great chapter book gifts.  Have a suggestion of your own?  Share it in the comments!

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