I love discovering new books and authors. There are several I discovered this year. Part of my nighttime routine before bed is to spend time reading before bed. Here are a few of my 2020 favorites. #booklover #booknerd #reading
The Last of the Moon Girls by Barbara Davis. The story is about Lizzy Moon who wants nothing to do with her legacy. Nine generations of women lived on Moon Girl Farm. Each generation of her female line has a special natural gift. Some locals believe they are witches. Lizzy grew up in the community but never felt a part of it. When she inherited Moon Girl Farm she plans to sell it. While preparing the farm for sale Lizzy begins to reconnect to her roots as she tries to solve a murder mystery that many of the town community believed that her grandmother had committed. #Novel #Mystery
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M Barry. I had expected this book to just be about the 1918 Pandemic, but I learned so much more. The beginning really focuses on the history of the medical field in American in the early stages of the country's growth. Learning the history of the medical field helped me to understand why and how the pandemic hit America so hard. The description of what was happening in America during the pandemic was very eye-opening. Especially when I think about the situation we are in now. #History #Learning
How To Survive The Change You Didn't Ask For by M. J. Ryan. I come across this book and the cover piqued my interest. My life has definitely been full of changes I didn't ask for. Many of us have found ourselves in this situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryan writes in a way that really gets you to realize that our mindset really plays a part in how we view the situations we are placed in. I came away from this book with a more positive attitude to deal with life events that will come my way, even if it is a change that I didn't ask for. I definitely would recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with what life is throwing your way. #Selfhelp #Learning
Postcards From A Stranger by Imogen Clark. Cara and her brother were raised by their father because their mother had died. Or so Cara thought. She discovers postcards in her family home she was raised in. As the story takes us through Cara's quest to figure out what these postcards could mean, the story of Cara's parents run parallel to her putting together the story of her family's past. The story really gets you thinking about how life is viewed in so many different ways. Each person has a story of their own and many times the truth of the story does not come together until you know all sides of a story. #Novel #Mystery
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. The 1930s in America was a difficult time due to the Great Depression. Cussy was not only affected by her family's struggles but faced racism from the time she was born due. Her mother had blue skin, known as Methemoglobinemia, and Cussy inherited the trait. When Cussy's father brings her home after her short marriage she takes a job with the WPA project as a Pack Horse Librarian. Through the story, we learn how the Pack Horse Librarians changed the world for so many people. The Pack Horse Librarian Team also changed Cussy's world. #Novel #History
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. Alice leaves her life in England after marrying an American. Life in America did not end up being what she thought it would be. When a request for women to join the library to help deliver books Alice jumps at the opportunity. Alice not only becomes part of the Packhorse Librarians of Kentucky she finds friendship with the other women on the team. The women face several challenges due to men who do not want the library. These women strive to continue their mission to deliver books to people. Many of these people would never have had the opportunity to read books without these strong women. #Novel #History
I really loved all of these books and this holiday season I actually gave a few of them as holiday gifts. If you do pick up any of these to read I would love to hear what you think. I miss being in a book club and discuss books we read.
I am already working on my list of books to read in 2021. I would love to hear if you have any suggestions about books I should think about reading. You can leave them in the comment below.