Thanksgiving is ten days away and the reality of the approaching holiday season is really hitting me. When life is full of long to-do lists and fun activities keeping us busy, it’s comforting to escape in the pages of a good book, even if it’s just for a short time before bed. Here are some top-notch book recommendations for you, and a few for the kids as well. (HINT: these would make great gifts too!)
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Books for you
A lighthouse keeper and his wife are living alone on a remote island off the coast of Australia when a baby washes up on the shore in a rowboat, accompanied only by a dead man. The wife, unable to have a baby of her own, believes the child to be an answer to their prayers. The story that unfolds is both gripping and tragic, in a way that I haven’t experienced since Me Before You. M.L. Stedman has written a beautiful novel of love and loss on multiple levels. I cried more than once while reading this one. Consider yourself warned.
Aubrey Hamilton’s husband, Josh, is officially declared dead after the five years following his mysterious disappearance. Instead of providing the closure that she so desperately needs, the declaration sends Aubrey on a search to discover what really happened to her husband. I originally saw this book recommendation on the 2016 Summer Reading Guide from Modern Mrs. Darcy. It finally turned up at my library, and it took me all of three days to finish. While I thoroughly enjoyed the suspense throughout the novel, the author does a nice job of providing background into the characters and the Hamilton’s marriage, continuously leading the reader to question what really happened. The end was well worth the wait.
The premise is simple. “Food freedom” is found when we stop letting food control us through guilt, anxiety and bad habits. Co-author of The Whole30, Hartwig provides actionable strategies to create longterm healthy habits. I’m still in the middle of this one, but I couldn’t wait to pick it up after my first experience with the Whole30. It’s funny, relatable and offers a realistic action plan for improving your overall health.
Books for kids
It would be difficult to overemphasize how much I love the Harry Potter series. I saw Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone with my family when it was released in the theater and promptly went home and devoured the first four books. I’ve loved this series ever since, and now I get the added joy of sharing it with my children. We started reading this series as a family several months ago, making a pact that we would only read when all four of us were together. Both my 8yo daughter and 5yo son loved the first and second books, but halfway through this one, my son declared it “too scary” and no longer wanted to read it. As a family, we agreed that I would finish reading it with our daughter, and she continued to enjoy it to the end. I know that when he’s a bit older, my son will be able to return to Harry Potter and enjoy it far more.
I’ve been reading some of the books from this series to my 5yo son and he really likes them, but I recommend it with hesitation. Geronimo Stilton is a mouse, publisher of The Rodent’s Gazette, and constantly on the verge of his next adventure. The books’ use of illustrations and creative fonts enhance the shenanigans that occur in every story. My issue with this series is that Geronimo, himself, is pretty pessimistic and does a lot of complaining and whining. We try to teach our kids to have a positive outlook and Geronimo really doesn’t line up with our philosophy. For this reason, I’m reducing the frequency with which we read books from this series.
Take a look at some of our favorite Thanksgiving books HERE.
What have you been reading lately??