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Do you love to read? Are you part of a book club, or do you like to read on your own?
Here is a small list of 5 of my favorite books to read with a book club.
I have always loved reading, and now that I am a stay at home / work from home mom of 2 kids, reading has become an important part of my ‘self-care’. Just like I make time for exercise and my own physical health, I also need to make time to read regularly.
At night, it’s my time to unwind – after a full day with the kids, it’s my favorite way to relax and clear my head. In the morning, it’s a great way to start my day and take some time to wake up and start my day on a positive note.
Let’s be real – some days I can read for 30 minutes or more, and other days, I’m lucky if I get 10 minutes or 10 pages in. Sometimes life gets crazy, or I’m just so tired at night that I’d rather sleep than fall asleep with a book in my lap. ;)
One thing I know for sure is that I feel my best when I make time for reading. I was part of a small book discussion group for a few years before we had kids, and now I run a small Facebook book discussion with friends and family.
Here are 5 of my favorite books that we’ve read, and a few that I’ve read on my own. All of these books have great topics that your group would enjoy discussing.
1. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes – Our online book club read this a few years ago, and I loved it! I instantly found myself caught up in the unique love story of Will, who is wheelchair bound, and Louisa, his caregiver. Their story will make you think about your own morals long after you have finished reading the book. This is also a popular movie – have you seen it?
2. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult – I read this book quite a few years ago, when it was new. It tells the story of a small town devastated by a high school shooting. What I found interesting was the story of the shooter’s past – something you don’t normally read or hear about. I still remember the ending of this book, years after reading it.
3. Still Alice by Lisa Genova - This is the first book I’ve read by Lisa Genova, but it definitely won’t be the last. Still Alice tells the story of Alice, who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. What I found most interesting about this book is how it is told from Alice’s own perspective. Oftentimes, we hear from those living with someone who has the disease, but rarely do we get in the head of someone directly affected by it.
4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett – This is another book I read quite a few years ago, when it first came out. Set in Mississippi in the 1960s, it also tells a unique story from the perspective of Aibileen, and ultimately many other women who are known as the “help” to wealthy families.
5. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – This book was part escapist and part ‘can’t put it down until I find out what the husband’s secret is…’. This was the first book I’ve read by Liane Moriarty, and I was hooked. I would keep it next to my living room chair and read while my daughter was sleeping or while I was nursing. It was the perfect juicy story that touched on different marital and family issues. and I couldn’t wait to pick it up to read more. Next on my list is What Alice Forgot.
Again, these are just a few of my favorites. Have you read any of these? What are some of your favorites? I’d love to hear about them!
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