As a farewell, here are some of the books that were suggested (or that I found throughout the month) that would be great reads to begin the new year with.
In my post at the beginning of the month, I mentioned my plan to read both Happier at Home and Bringing Up Bébé. I will be reviewing them shortly, but they were both very good and totally rejuvenated my attitude and my motivation. I also mentioned Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, which I loved and reviewed here. I also finished A Thomas Jefferson Education. And last, I also mentioned my nerdy speed reading book, which I'm diligently trying to implement and also The God Who Weeps, which I've been reading in small doses.
And here are a few new suggestions:
- Alli said she's reading Les Miserables (unabridged) by Victor Hugo. With the new movie, I know a lot of people who are reading or re-reading this classic.
- Kendra mentioned The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom, 5 Spiritual Solutions for Everyday Parenting Challenges by Richard and Linda Eyre, and An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff and Alex Tresniowski. I thought all of these were great suggestions for getting the year started off right!
- Lindsay suggested some thought provoking reads: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich and The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.
- Samantha said she was reading Villette by Charlotte Bronte--always nice to start off the year with a classic!
- At Writing Beckles, The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey was suggested as a good winter read.
- One of the books that got some Newbery buzz (but didn't win) was Twelve Kinds of Ice by Ellen Bryan Obed--a short book of vignettes that sounds appropriately winterish. I'm saving this for next year.