My Library

2019 Book Recommendations:

  • Mustaches for Maddie – Chad Morris and Shelly Brown
    • This chapter book for younger readers is about a 12-year-old girl named Maddie who loves fake mustaches and who has a brain tumor. It was humorous and heartwarming, which happens to be one of my all time favorite combos.
  • Little Moments of Love – Catana Chetwynd
    • This collection of short comics was hilarious and had me nodding along as I related to the romantic relationship they show.
  • Bird Box – Josh Malerman
    • If you’ve seen and liked the movie on Netflix, the book is worth a read. Enter a world where something outside wreaks havoc on humanity. If you see it, you go crazy. Follow Malorie as she tries to protect her two children as they make their way blindfolded down the river, hoping to find safety. Flash back with Malorie as she recalls when the creatures first came. It was intense, and it did have language and gore.
  • Song for a Whale – Lynne Kelly
    • Iris is deaf. Blue-55 is a whale that sings at the wrong frequency and cannot be understood by any other whale. Iris wants to let Blue-55 to know that he’s not alone, so she decides to write him a song he’ll recognize. I’ve added this to my collection of heartwarming stories I’ll visit repeatedly.

2018 Book Recommendations:

  • Jacob T. Marley – R. William Bennett
    • This short and entertaining story gives you a different perspective in A Christmas Carol by giving you a peek at the character of Marley. It was a heart warming tale for the holiday season.
  • Seeking Persephone – Sarah M Eden
    • It was a wonderful (and clean) story of a man and woman married to one another for reasons that don’t include love–but who’s to say that love won’t find them anyways?
  • Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life – Cleo Wade
    • I was given this book for my birthday by my friend Rachael. I thought it was beautiful and pleasant. It wasn’t too flowery or forced. Simple and good.
  • Ouran High School 1-18 by Bisco Hatori
    • This series of manga was silly, cute, and all-around fun. I went through them pretty quickly, but they’ll stick with me forever. I couldn’t stop grabbing the next volume, and I’m glad that I bought the complete collection so that I didn’t have to wait to get my hands on whatever book followed the last.
  • The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) – Maggie Stiefvater
    • I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this first book of the series, but it turned out to be really interesting. While I don’t have any other books in the cycle, I’m excited to continue the story! (I just have to reduce the amount of unread books I have in my possession first…)
  • My Loving Vigil Keeping – Carla Kelly
    • I love Carla Kelly’s novels! In this one, she weaves history with a romantic plot that involves characters who feel so real, they might as well be in the room with you telling their story.
  • More Than the Tattooed Mormon – Al Carraway
    • I met Al Carraway briefly at a book signing, and she’s so cute. She’s the kind of girl you want as a friend. And the way she talks holds your attention. She writes the same way! Reading this book was my first introduction to Al, as I haven’t followed her blog or anything like that, but I loved her story and am very inspired by who she is as a person.
  • My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece – Annabel Pitcher
    • One day I was scrolling through a library app I use (OverDrive) and stumbled across this audiobook. I read what it was about, felt confident that David Tennant would be a good narrator (I can’t continue a book if I don’t like the sound of the reader), and borrowed the book. I loved it! It wasn’t just Tennant’s reading. This book captured me from the beginning, and I even bought a physical copy after I’d finished it.
  • A Year of Writing Dangerously – Barbara Abercrombie
    • This is a must for any writer! I know I was only supposed to read one page a day. I didn’t. I finished it earlier this year. Whoops.
  • Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I’ve Learned – Alan Alda
    • I love Hawkeye Pierce. The actor who played him intrigued me. I thought this autobiography was hilarious and insightful!