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  • Top Books in 2018

    My annual favorites list of the books I read for the year is coming a little late. I could blame it on the children, but that's not really fair. I'm just out of the practice of putting anything down on "paper" [or screen] so I had to work a little harder at finding the motivation to get to work.

    These are in chronological order of when I read them, not in order of my favorites.

    The Connected Child by Karyn B. Purvis --If you're a parent at all, this is an excellent and helpful read. If you're a parent of an adopted or fostered child, this book is especially helpful. I happened to read it just 3 months before Roux joined our family. I know I will get the good out of the book as we continue to parent this extraordinary boy. Read the book! It's 100% worth your time and attention.

    The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt--This is a book that a year later I am still thinking about. I developed such a care for the characters throughout the reading. It's a big book with suspense, relational discord and dysfunction and I couldn't put it down.

    The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown--This crew team who went to the Olympics in 1936 will pull at your heart as they overcome financial, political, and familial conflicts to reach their goal. It's an inspiring story of pushing past limits to accomplish what everyone says you cannot do.

    The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of a Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson--The title alone pulls you in, doesn't it? You'd think this elderly man, being celebrated by the mayor of his small town would have lived an upstanding life worthy of celebration, but his antics show you a completely different history for this 100 year old man. 

    A New Kind of Normal by Carol Kent--When her idyllic life and dreams for her son come crashing down after a violent murder, Carol Kent and her husband have to create a new kind of normal for their life. Visiting her son in jail wasn't want she had in mind, but her stories interwoven with unchosen new normals of others tells a story of hope.

    Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan--Going to movies just isn't a reality of our lives right now, but I'm pretty sure this would have been a classic case of, "the book is better than the movie" anyway. What a fun book! I'm sucked into this drama.

    Refugee by Alan Gratz--This is a fictional story telling the perspectives of different families at different times in history suffering through political unrest in their countries. The stories collide in a beautiful weaving of heartache, hope and honesty. If you wish to understand the more personal side of the currect refugee crisis, this book is for you. 

    Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger--This is a beautifully written novel about a small town family wrestling through unexpected challenges. Told from the perspective of a teenage boy, you can see parts of what he's missing as he processes the unexpected deaths of those in his community and family.

    What should I put on my list for 2019? I'm always looking for something good!