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I’ve been able to read a lot lately for enjoyment. Previously, between college and work it was hard to find the time. There is something about summertime, discovering the Kindle and Overdrive apps and joining a book club that’s helped me rediscover my love to read. I read a wide range of genres. I’ve gone through phases of strictly non-fiction, but sometimes I just need to read something light too. Here are some enjoyable reads.

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  1. The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah. This one is a historical fiction book set during World War II. It will forever make me think of the war differently, as if I were a mom or a women during that time period. It’s heart-wrenching.
  2. What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. I don’t think I would have picked this book on my own, but I read it for book club. And there were mixed reviews about it among our group, but I thought it was intriguing and made me think of things from a different perspective. It is about a woman named Alice who suffered a head injury and forgot about her divorce, kids and that she’s 39 not 29. She has to go through relearning about herself and seeing things as they were and decide how things will be. There is also a side story of her sister who struggles with infertility. The pain she goes through tugs at the heart strings.
  3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This is a slow moving book with lots of description but her writing makes you feel right in the middle of the mysterious circus. It is a fun read that takes you through a competition between two illusionists that innocently fall in love. Neither realize the game must end with only one standing.
  4. Mindset by Carol S. Dweck. I am only half way through and it has repeated itself a lot. However, as an educator I love the idea of instilling in children the “Growth Mindset” vs. the “Fixed Mindset.” We’ve learned so much in this day and age about the plasticity of the brain and how we can change and grow no matter what. If children tap into that, there truly are no limits to what they can achieve.

All The Light We Cannot See, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (book club) and The Girl on the Train are cued up in my Overdrive app as up and coming.  Do you have any other book recommendations?

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