I’ve always been an avid reader but I haven’t been able to find enough time this year to get swept away in a good book. If it isn’t a page turner, I barely pick it up anymore.
I love a great story, and nowadays that’s what keeps me interested. So picking up Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale, I was apprehensive about reading another novel about WWII. There are just so many: All The Light We Cannot See, Sarah’s Key, Suite Francaise, the list could go on and on. I loved all those reads but haven’t I read this story a dozen times already?
I’m sitting here with my mid-day coffee, while Harpers is at pre-school and Cooper is napping this is the only time I can actually drink it while it is HOT! I have decided that it is time for another post about good books. I know so many of you enjoyed my last instalment of “Easy Reads and Easy Drinking Wines” so why not do another? This time I am suggesting a good mug to go with your good read. I’m sure most of you have seen the adorable novelty mugs that Chapters Indigo sells, I can’t get enough of all the cute sayings.
These books were not only love by yours truly, but also by the lovely ladies in my book club. We are a good panel of judges! Here is my list:
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – “Just what goes on in the house you pass by in everyday?” This book is by far my favourite read so far this year. If you loved Gone Girl then this is your next pick. A definite page-turner that will having you sneaking away to find out how the three female narrators are all connected through a horrific crime.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova – This book is told through the words of a University professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. It is heart-breaking to read her slow demise as she struggles to remain a wife, a mother, a career woman and most of all: a woman with independence. This story will captivate you right from the start.
The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – Imagine you found a letter from your husband that was addressed to you, only to be opened after his death; and in that letter he revealed a devastating secret. Now imagine you found this letter while your husband is still alive. What would you do with the knowledge of your husband’s secret? This book will keep you guessing!
The Paris Wife by Paula McClain – This story takes you back to one of my favourite time periods in history: Paris in the 1920s. Follow the life of Ernest Hemmingway and his first wife Hadley as they wine and dine with the likes of Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. It’s a story about love and loyalty in marriage as Ernest struggles to write some of his most famous novels. It’s a little bit of history with a lot of story, I promise you will love this one!
The Language of Flowers – by Vanessa Diffenbaugh – Did you know that each flower has a hidden meaning? Follow Victoria as she grows up in the foster system and becomes a woman with a talent for knowing the meanings of every flower. I loved this story of a girl with her own hardships, trying to make something of herself. and learning about the secret messages we pass to one another through a bouquet of flowers.
The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman – What would you do if you and your husband lived in a secluded lighthouse and you found an abandoned baby washed ashore in a boat? Would you keep her? Would you bring her back to the mainland? What if you could give her a good life full of love and no one would know that she wasn’t really yours? This novel will pull at your heart strings and have you asking yourself the very same questions.
P.S. Reading IS sexy!!!
“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents” – Emilie Buchwald
It’s been just over a month now since my mom passed away. As I adjust to living with the grief and trying to continue with my everyday life as a wife and a mother, I think of her constantly. What I miss the most about her is her voice. My mother, Nancy, was born in Arkansas and raised in Texas.
She had the most beautiful loud southern accent, and boy, did she love to talk. After she met and married my dad, she moved to
Canada and had my brothers and I. Growing up north of the border, everyone used
to comment on her “cool Texas accent” filled with unusual words like “ya’ll”
and “reckon”. I never really noticed it because
she was my mom, and that’s the voice I heard all the time… it was normal to
My mom loved to read and she loved to read aloud to us. I know that I inherited my passionate love of
books from her. It’s something we shared throughout her life. After my mom moved back to Texas later in life, I would send her all of my favourite reads from the year, prompting phone calls and emails at all hours with messages like this:
“Well I hope you’re happy that I’ve been up since 2:30 this morning
reading this darn Twilight book – just like I did with The Da Vinci Code when we
were in Paris. Shame on you – old people like me need their sleep!
LOL Love, Mom”
Now that I am a mom, I
cherish the time I take to read to my kids everyday. I hope that I am fostering the same love of reading that I was given. My 3 year old will not even consider going to
sleep without a story. Even on the
nights when we’ve already let him stay up past his bedtime, I still lay down in
his little boat bed and read him a book.
There is just something so relaxing and comforting about a parent’s voice. I want my boys to remember this
quality time that we are spending together.
In honour of her memory, I am sharing my 5 favourite books to read with my boys. I am a sucker for rhyming books with a rythmic story line:
My favourite part about all of these books is that they were all given to my children as gifts. They weren’t ones that I picked out but someone else did with my boys in mind. I’m sharing them with you today in hopes that you will pass your favourites on to your kids, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, etc. Our kids will outgrow their toys, but they won’t outgrow these stories. I still have my childhood copy of my Mom’s favourite “The Velveteen Rabbit” and my Dad’s favourite “The Polar Express”. Isn’t it wonderful how we love these books as much as our children do? Maybe it’s the memories we love and cherish the most. I miss you Mom.
Love to all,