books to read

Something you may not know about me...

...I couldn't read or write until the age of 12. 


I had tutors; I had special education; I had speech therapy; I had completed various hearing and vision tests- but to no avail.


In Grade 6 we had a spelling bee contest and my lovely teacher, knowing that I had difficulties with spelling, gave me what she thought was an easy word. "Ball." I walked up to the chalkboard and wrote "Boll." The classroom erupted with laughter.  My self esteem was depleted and my grades reflected this. 


It wasn't until I was entering Junior High that a friend gave me my very first chapter book, Nancy Drew. I hated books but I was done with feeling stupid. So with the greatest of efforts and patience, and a dictionary next to me, I cracked open the Nancy Drew book.  Before I knew it, I was understanding the storyline- and it was captivating!  From that point on my reading and writing had excelled to the point I was accepted to the English Advanced Placement program in High School. For fun, I would read Shakespeare and Jane Austen books. Yup, I was a nerd!


I can 100% say that confidence comes from reading- it broadens our knowledge, allows us to converse with meaningful intentions. I am a huge advocate of turning off the TV and picking up a book. That's why we cut the cord and have never looked back.  Follow me on my reading journey.

My picks

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

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I couldn't put down the book!
A story of resiliency, survival, hope, love, loss, loneliness, desperation, prejudice, determination and strength. Oh, how I loved this book!

The Good Earth

Where the Crawdads Sing

Where the Crawdads Sing

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This is one hell of a classic. Glorious, wonderful, sad, and so cruel. Life, with tragedy and small bits of joy here and there... but what an epic! 

White Orleander

Where the Crawdads Sing

White Orleander

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Dark, depressing, disturbing, and so beautiful! This book will rip your heart apart, and then put it back together again stronger than it was before.

Angela's Ashes

Man Search for Meaning

White Orleander

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This entrancing memoir is fascinating, heartbreaking, searingly honest narration told in the face of extreme poverty and alcoholism. Bring tissues and try not to condemn. 

Into Thin Air

Man Search for Meaning

Man Search for Meaning

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Utterly harrowing and propulsive. This is another book that details people's misguided quests to conquer nature--to see nature as something to be conquered. 

Man Search for Meaning

Man Search for Meaning

Man Search for Meaning

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This was my high school read but it still holds dear to my heart. Whether it was the time in my life I read this or the subsequent conversation in my University philosophy class, this book was impactful. An amazing and life affirming journey through trauma

Still Alice

The Family Upstairs

Finding Audrey

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This is a deeply moving psychological portrait of a woman's deteriorating mind and her journey into what it must be like to know you are slowly losing pieces of yourself day by day. This book will inform you. it will scare you. It will change you.

Finding Audrey

The Family Upstairs

Finding Audrey

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I love all of Sophie Kinsella's books but this book breaks away from the author's usual  romantic comedy genre.  This novel deals with the stigma and symptoms of mental illness in a teenage world. It is a great way for young adults to gain an understanding of what it is like to have a mental illness. 

The Family Upstairs

The Family Upstairs

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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This book is pure psychopathic heaven...It is creepy and disturbing and it kept me guessing till the end. Loved it!!! This thriller will have you guessing incorrectly till the end. Highly recommended

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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Maya Angelou shares the story of the early years of her life up to the age of seventeen. This memoir is more than just your average story, or even an average memoir because it’s so poignant, so honest and yet shared through such lovely prose that it is hard for me to categorize it as just any one thing.

The Perfect Girl

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The Perfect Girl

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It only took me a couple pages to get hooked on The Perfect Girl. Lots of surprises, interesting characters, and a birds eye view into this family, all added up to a great book on the whole.

American Dirt

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

The Perfect Girl

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A thrilling book that describes a terrifying and very real world - a reality that is still an on-going struggle for some. This opened my eyes to what some families endure and it humbles me. The author does a great job at putting a face and a story to the thousand of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers making this journey every year. No character is one dimensional.