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One of my goals this past year has been to read for pleasure, rather than to just read parenting and profession-related books (which, for me, are typically related to sensory processing, child development, feeding, motor skills, and behavior). I have always enjoyed leisurely reading, but have not made as much time for it in the past few years. I regularly take my kids to our public library, and started checking out more books that I wanted to read as well. One of my girlfriends even started a book club, so I happily joined in and have since found great value in our little group of gals who talk, laugh, eat, and drink together every two months while discussing our latest read.
My favorite genres include, non-fiction and fiction, especially historical fiction. I have read a few self-help type books lately as well, which have offered some practical tips that I have folded into our everyday lives. Though I have my faves, I like to think of myself as pretty open minded in regards to book genres, save for science fiction–I just can’t seem to get as excited about this type of book (except I did enjoy the Hunger Game series). That being said, I am always open to suggestions and ideas of new books to read and enjoy.
My favorite way to read a book is split now–I like a good old fashioned book where you turn the pages, it smells like fresh paper (or musty paper, depending on where you get it from), and I have loved my Amazon Kindle for the past 10 years. I recently ordered a new Kindle (and protective cover!) due to my old taking a spill and officially biting the dust. I have yet to try an audio book, but I hear it’s the way to go for some, and several of my book club gals swear by them (through Audible).
Following is a list of some of my favorite books I have read over the past year. I would love to hear what others are reading, so feel free to comment here, or on my Facebook and Instagram (@otmamacita) so that I can add to my list of “must reads.” Also, I am not a book critic, far from it in fact. I just enjoy a good read that takes me to another place. Thus, the brief reviews I provide below are my humble opinion, and I would love to hear your own opinions on the same books.
Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Born Survivors by Wendy Holden
Small Sacrifices by Ann Rule
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood