Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Easily one of my kids’ favorite books of the year. I love the message this book sends, and I love the sing-songy, silly lyrics.
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems
Mo Willems is the best. This book is one of his finest. It’s hilarious for kids and adults alike.
The Phantom Tollbooth 50th Anniversary Edition
My husband and I read this book with the boys, and they loved it. The world of The Phantom Tollbooth is magical, ironic and funny. It’s a classic for a reason.
The Secret Keeper: A Novel
I learned to trust Kate Morton in 2013. She develops her characters well with super tight plot elements. The Secret Keeper was my favorite.
Jim Henson: The Biography
Hanging out behind the scenes of The Muppets and Sesame Street is just as fun and zany as one might expect. Jim Henson remains a man of paradox. Also, Frank Oz has a mouth on him (which when I read his blurbs in the book, I always imagined the voice of Miss Piggy or Fozzy and laughed harder). But if that sort of thing bothers you, just wanted to let you know. I wrote about this one over at the Library Adventure.
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy)
The world of this book is intriguing. It’s a fantasy world but somewhat reflective of feudal Russia. I hope the library gets the second book in soon because the third one comes out this year. And, looks like Shadow and Bone is only $2.99 in the Kindle store for today.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel
I read this book in a few hours. It’s beautiful and eerie, absolutely magical and thought-provoking.
A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter
This book prompted me to read Persuasion again, one of my favorite of Jane Austen’s six completed novels. One man in his twenties examines all of Austen’s novels for a graduate school course, and he allows Austen’s words to help him grow up. This is a must-read for all fans of Jane Austen. It does use modern-day life situations and language.
What Alice Forgot
This is a book that I enjoyed reading, but I pondered over for months and weeks afterwards. What happens in the span of ten years? How does a marriage evolve in that time?
The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun: I need to reread this book soon. Gretchen Rubin packs truth on every page of this book. There’s almost too much to soak in. I’m still gleaning nuggets from her observations about the pursuit of happiness and what that means in everyday life. It’s a great book for the New Year.
I had never read this novel until this year, despite its “essential reading” status for most English majors (I never had to read it for a class. Go figure.) I loved it. You need to read a good translation. Trust me on this one. I linked to the one I liked.
Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers (30 Minute Spiritual Series)I need to buy this book and read it every day. Anne is a writer’s friend, and she’s the perfect voice of Christianity for me: funny, humble, convicting, and transparent.
I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy and other book-loving bloggers today, so you are sure to get a wide range of books for your To Read Pile. Also, remember that these links to Amazon are affiliate links, so if you buy any books or download any for your Kindle, I get a little bit of money from it. Win for you. Win for me. Can’t beat that!