I read 33 books this month, bringing my yearly total to 123. Did you have a favorite this month?
Here were my TOP 5
Seeing With Our Souls: Monastic Wisdom for Every Day by Joan Chittester. I read this every morning for several weeks and it was a perfect way to start my day. My copy is marked up with favorite thoughts. I will read anything she writes. “We’re not here to suppress the gifts of others in order to make room for our own. We’re here to put all the gifts of humankind into the great pool of humanity so that, because of the gifts of each of us, we can all live better in the end.” (page 27)
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Penelope Baglieu. Don’t miss this biographical graphic novel that highlights some wickedly awesome women with whipsmart humor. “Delia finds herself at loose ends (after dicorce). She’s 50 years old. So, she decides to embark on her first solo African expedition. From the Indian Ocen to the Ehiopian desert, whether in a dugout or on the back of a camel, Delia roams the African continent and becomes the first American women to cross it.” (page 69)
The Bodyguard by Katherine Center. Throw this fun romance in your beach bag at once! She’s his bodyguard and must pose as his girlfriend. Need I say more? “You can’t make people love you. But you can give the love you long for out to the world. You can be the love you wish you had. That’s the way to be okay. Because giving love to other people is a way of giving it to yourself.”
You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When It Monsoons: The World on One Cartoon a Day by Mo Willems. This was so much fun. Mo Willems may be a household name to anyone who has little kids or grandkids now, in the early 90s he was finishing college and backpacking his way around the world. This is a collection of his almost yearlong trip with the daily cartoon image he drew of his experience every day. Loved every frame! “Modesty makes maidens swim fully dressed (Pangkor Island, Malaysia). (page 245)
James & Other Apes by James Mollison. I LOVE this overside hardcover with close up photos of 50 apes from sanctuaries around the world. I dare you to look through it and not feel a connection. “Each individual ape has his or her own tragic story of pain and trauma. Each one is different.” from the forward by Jane Goodall, page 7
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. “You know the greatest lesson of history? It’s that history is whatever the victors say it is. That’s the lesson. Whoever wins, that’s who decides the history. We act in our own self-interest. Of course we do. Name me a person or a nation who does not. The trick is figuring out where your interests are.”
Watching You by Lisa Jewell. “Because that’s the thing with getting what you want: all that yearning and dreaming and fantasizing leaves a great big hole that can only be filled with more yearning and dreaming and fantasizing.”
The Genius Under the Table: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Eugene Yelchin. “Life seemed an enormous puzzle to me then, and drawing helped order the pieces: Mom, Dad Victor, Grandma, Lenin, the Americans, even Baryshnikov. Each piece was a different shape. I was a puzzle piece, too, but I was made in such a wrong shape that I was convinced I would never fit in anywhere. The only place I fit in well was under Grandma’s table, drawing to the soft squeak of the stolen pencil.”
Inky’s Amazing Escape: How a Very Smart Octopus Found His Way Home by Sy Montgomery & Amy Shimler-Safford. “Inky was a real octopus.”
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox & Brian Floca. “The boy, Michael, explained that Elizabeth was a very lovely elephant seal who had decided to live in Christchurch…I knew that one day I would have to pass Elizabeth’s story on to you.” (author’s note)
Circle by Jeannie Baker. “In its lifetime a godwit will usually fly farther than the distance from the earth to the moon.” (cover page)
Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky by Elphinstone Dayrell & Blair Lent. “The story of how the sun and the moon came to live in the sky is told here as it might have been with African tribesman dressed to represent the elements and the creatures of the sea.” (endnotes)
My Night in the Planetarium: A True Story About a Child, a Play, and the Art of Resistance by Innosanto Nagara. “When I was seven I got to spend the night in a planetarium. This is a true story. Do you want to hear it?” (page 1)
The Last Snake in Ireland: A Story About St. Patrick by Sheila MacGill-Callahan and Will Hillenbrand.
The rest of the bunch. mostly all good!
First to the Top:Sir Edmund Hillary’s Amazing Everest Adventure by David Hill & Phoebe Morris.
Two at the Top: A Shared Dream of Everest by Uma Krishnaswami & Christopher Corr.
Race to the South Pole: Ranger in Time by Kate Messner,
The New Yorker Book of Mom Cartoons.
Where is the Kremlin by Deborah Hopkinson.
Anywhere Artist by Nikki Slade Robinson.
Barack Obama: First Afrian- American President by Jody Jensen Shaffer.
The Camel Club by David Baldacci.
You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria.
All Around the World: New Zealand, All Around the World: Nigeria, All Around the World: Indonesia, all by Kristine Spanier
Exploring Countries: Nigeria, Exploring Countries: Indonesia, both by Lisa Owings
Great Explorers by James Buckley Jr.
Cool Printmaking: The Art of Creativity for Kids by Anders Hanson
The Perfect Moment by Andy Andrews.
Catch that Chicken by Atinuke & Angela Brooksbank.
Honeyky Hanukah by Woody Guthrie & Dave Horowitz.