On my list of possible blog posts ideas (no one is surprised I have a list) books I would like to recommend is often on it. Many posts… most posts stream from conversations I’m having with friends. Fellow readers usually ask each other for great reads, and these are my all time favorite ones to share with others.
Let me list these in age appropriate order. I have Children’s Literature on here too. P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins, kinda hated the term “Children’s Literature” when it came to her own writing. Mostly because she believed in the power of story for all ages. Some of these first books, published for a young audience, have had the deepest and purest impact on me.
Edward Tulane is a beautiful story of a stuffed animal. It may remind you of The Velveteen Rabbit, but it’s more storied.
Multi-generational. Nothing like a girl befriending a woman with great travel stories. It will make you want your passport updated.
Hang on as you read this. I can’t say anything else.
This is art in words. The Little Prince must be read and reread and studied and treasured.
No one writes for kids like Stuart Gibbs. One of my favorite things… his preteen characters almost always have great relationships with their parents. In this one the main character actually informs his parents as trouble arises and they back him up like normal parents would and it does not diminish the story. I love that as I read this to my kids I won’t have to put it down and give a, “if you find yourself in this situation, don’t be like..”
A beautiful story with shout outs to short fiction weaves through it. I love books that introduce me to other reading.
Bob Goff is so great.
His wife, Sweet Maria, is too.
And Bob Goff has just written another one.
This is short and beautiful. I listened to this read by the author and I would really recommend listening to it.
“Good for her, not for me.” Amy kinda writes the world’s greatest solution for women bashing women ever.
I got a lot out of this book. His recommendations for fixing injustice in the court system at the end is simple and has been in my head ever since.
No one writes curmudgeons like Fredrik Backman. His characters are varied and intricate but his stories move in a way that you are NEVER bored.
Lots of language. That’s your warning. But both of these are so funny you can’t help but laugh out loud.
Loved the book. I don’t care for the movie.
I am not a book reviewer. I’m a reader. I can only point you to my favorites but I can’t tell you much because I despise spoilers of any kind. (I don’t read the back covers because of this. I know. That’s extreme.). Let me know if you love these… or let me know if you’ve got some you want to send my way!