Recommended Reads

Grab a box of tissues, snuggle up and envelope yourself in a beautiful adolescent love story in The Fault in Our Stars by, John Green. Questions of life and love quickly come to the surface. The heart-wrenching thought of burying a child and the unfairness of it all are themes that sit with you far after you finish this tale. Moving and at times laugh out loud funny, John Green’s book will grab you and leave you wanting more.

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Thought provoking, yet horrifyingly right around the corner – technology’s armageddon takes over in The Circle by, Dave Eggers. A world not so far off is brought to life through the eyes of Mae Holland, a world wrought with questions of how much must we really know?  How much must the world have access to? and At what point have we gone to far? A riveting sci-fi meets sorta reality, this book will have you wondering who’s watching & why, far after you finish the last page. Creepy.

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Jodi Picoult’s writing is always thought-provoking, often dark and even heart-wrenching. So, I didn’t know what to expect when I opened her newest read, The Storyteller. A riveting tale that surrounds you with haunting and horrific memories of the Holocaust also engages you from the start. Understanding the main character’s knee-deep religious and moral quandaries, as well as finding answers to can or should you forgive on behalf of others? I really got caught up in this one and couldn’t put it down. A must read for Picoult fans…

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Anna Quindlen’s Every Last One … I love the way this author captures the family unit realistically. She writes her interactions with her husband and children as if I were living in the book with her. I feel the sadness of her character’s really hard road and as a mother really felt for her strong dilemma. When a mother has to pay attention to one child’s serious needs over the other, more self-sufficient one there is guilt, love and raw emotion. At the core this was a dark, but really realistic book. I really enjoyed this read….

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Just read this book – What Alice Forgot by, Liane Moriarty. Interesting take on what happens to a woman about to make a major life change and then bam, her memory of the last 10 years is erased. Great questions come from this read – Would we make the same choices if we could go back in time? How are loves and children affected when you suddenly don’t remember either?

Not the best writing I’ve ever read, but gripped me right on in to read through…

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Just read Go Ask Alice by, Anonymous. Apparently, Anonymous turned out to be a psychiatrist form the 1970s. But, there seems to be a discrepancy as to whether this is a work of fiction (even though the books claims to be) or based on some sort of diary from an actual young girl’s life.

Wow. Even though it was based in the 70s it could have been any child in Anytown, USA. Alice had a normal, loving family. Alice had friends. Alice had regular ole teenage angst. Then, Alice got hooked on drugs. Follow her on her crazy journey and let me know what you think of the end. Would love to discuss.

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Just completed The Age of Miracles. Although I am not really a sci-fi fan this book was really a thought-provoking book. It got me thinking weeks after about the concept of The Slowing. Based on an idea that time slows down caused by something unknown (or is it?), author Karen Thompson examines the tremendous impact that time has on our daily lives. She speaks to how dependent we have become on a 24-hour day and without this connection our bodies may literally fall apart and die. At times funny, at times freaky this was a definite worth-it read.

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Magical Journey, An Apprenticeship in Contentment by Katrina Kenison is one of those books you just fall into deeply. It has been quite a while since I have read a book that just speaks to me. Although Katrina is discussing her second stage of life, after the nest is empty and you turn the big 5-0, I can still relate to her character because she’s just a human seeking solace in understanding life’s purpose. Beautifully written, Katrina has the ability to speak volumes in just a few well-chosen words. She seeks understanding and acceptance of her own flawed life through yoga and meditation, any mother can relate to her need to find her life’s purpose after the kids are gone. It was a wonderful reminder that we don’t have to have it all figured out, that G-d will speak to us in the right time when we are ready to accept what comes next. That relationships will change, life will happen, but in the end it is those that we have loved and allowed to love us back that will truly change the world.

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