- Big Dreams, Daily Joys by Elise Blaha Cripe – 4 stars. Loved the graphics and hearing more of the author’s story. I’ve followed her on Instagram for years so it’s fun to hear more about her creative process and life.
- Atomic Habits by James Clear – 4 stars. Lots of good insight, but it did feel like a good amount of repeat from other books I’ve read. I skimmed quite a lot.
- Miracles and Other Reasonable Things by Sarah Bessey – 5 stars. another Sarah Bessey classic. I want more stories of how God is forming and faith is changing people’s everyday lives. Just lovely.
- The Good and Beautiful God by James Bryan Smith – (review copy from IvPress) wise, illuminating, and here’s the review :)
- Start with Your People by Brian Dixon – 5 stars. Useful advice for making your professional endeavors work better by paying attention to what the people in your actual life need. Targeted more towards business people.
- The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking – 4 stars. I liked all the interesting details about the Danish Hygge and completely agree with the importance of light. Short inspiring read.
- Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi – 5 stars. I think I liked this one better than the first, though it took me a while to catch up and remember what happened in the first book. I’d recommend reading them both consecutively. I really enjoyed the clandestine resistance and then revolt. And also the crushes and loves of a good YA fantasy. :)
- Mary Poppins by P.L Travers – 3 stars. I really enjoyed the new stories (not included in the movie), but the language was dry and the kids didn’t really enjoy it most of the time. Also Mary Poppins is so cold in the book vs the movie.
- Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary – 4 stars. The kids enjoyed this one and I appreciated the normalizing of a little sibling drama.
- The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax — a publishing industry insider novel about four friends who rally for their friend’s career in a fun romp about writing and complicated families. Adult content.
- Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory – 3 stars. cute romance. I didn’t find the love at first sight completely believable, but the setting in a duchess’ country cottage was delightful. Adult content.
- Pride by Ibi Zoboi – 5 stars. a pride and prejudice retelling with two black families set in Bushwick, NYC. I loved this one! Clean enough for middle teens. Surprisingly hard to find in YA.
- American Panda by Gloria Chao – 4 stars. another fun YA book. A freshman in college dares to choose her own path instead of the one her family approved – not a doctor, but dance, not a Taiwanese boy, but a Japanese boy. Mild inappropriate content.
- Remember Me by Sharon Garlough Brown – 5 stars. (review copy from IVPress.) deep, heavy and hopeful. This shorter followup story to Shades of Light deals with grief, mental health, and the power in sharing your own story. Really beautiful book.
- The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom – 4 stars. such a gripping story. Strong well-developed characters and the narrative doesn’t gloss over too much of the atrocity of slavery, ownership, and plantations. I’m kind of leery because this series is written by a white woman, but I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she did her research and had conversations before writing these two books.
- Speed of Life by Carol Weston- 5 stars. YA. A teenage girl still processing the loss of her mom while her dad starts to date again, and the end of junior high looms. I love how the friendships and overall relationships were tender and witty. Really good.
- Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom – 5 stars. A sequel to The Kitchen House. I love how this resolved so much left open in the first book. Some difficult stuff here, but well worth reading. This is such an emotionally present story. Wow.
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