“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” Charles W. Elio
Reading is important for several reasons: introducing yourself to new things, new ways of thinking, new ways of solving problems; helping prevent dementia and improving memory; reducing stress; developing critical thinking skills. The list goes on and on. With the growth of technology, we have seen a decline in the habit of reading but for those of you who have read a good book, you know of all the positive impact it can have on your day. For me, 2018 has been the year of reading. I have read 14 books so far and thought it was a good time to share my favorite reads of 2018 with you.
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(5/5) The Mothers is a New York Times Bestseller, and for good reason. Set within a black California community, this is a story about love, friendship, and ambition. The story starts with a secret that spans the life of the story, weaving between the lives of the characters and impacting them each in different ways. The story is beautifully written and I devoured it in two days. It is a reminder that the choices we make will shape our lives and ripple through the lives of those we love. If you have ever been part of a tight-knit community, the longing for answers and truth will really resonate with you.
Imagine: How Creativity Works
(5/5) Where do I start with this book? It opened my eyes to so many aspects of my own creativity that I had never thought about. It is a must-read for anyone working in a creative department or problem-solving workplace. Each chapter details the account of a unique problem and how it was solved, including the writing of a Bob Dylan song and the invention of the Swiffer. This book chronicles the innovation of the human mind and the role our creativity plays in our everyday lives and professional selves. You will learn how to be more productive, why criticism is important and how to collaborate effectively, among other things.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
(4/5) Where’d you go, Bernadette is a unique book and truly a novel unlike any I have ever read. Written through email exchanges and the point–of–view of a 15-year-old daughter this a heart-warming and thoughtful story that follows the disappearance of Bernadette, the mom of 15-year-old Bee and the wife of a Microsoft exec. It is witty and engrossing. The story pieces together the personality of Bernadette through her present life and her past life, and she really is a well-developed character. Be warned, Bernadette does not disappear until the end of the story, but you will find that the rest of the story is necessary to understanding the mind of Bernadette. If you are looking for a light, easy read, this one is for you!
Sing, Unburied, Sing
(4/5) This is a different book, but very intriguing and definitely one of my favorite reads of 2018. It is a story about family and the ties that bind us. This story is mostly written from the perspective of JoJo, a 13-year-old black boy and his mom, Leonie. JoJo’s father is white, and getting out of prison, a prison that JoJo’s grandfather was once in with another boy, whose ghost is now searching out JoJo. This book has some truth about the reality of circumstances, the history of the South and drug use and violence. It is so beautifully and vividly written and will evoke emotions in you.
Into The Water
(4/5) From the author of Girl on the Train comes another mystery novel surrounding the death of women in the Drowning Pool, a stretch of water in a small town. This story can be hard to follow at first, as there are a lot of different character perspectives, but it is an engrossing novel and while some may predict the ending, I didn’t see it until the last pages. If you love a good domestic thriller, this is a must-read. I had to include a good thriller in my favorite reads of 2018!