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What I Read: 2017

There's no chance that I'm going to remember every book I read in 2017, but to the best of my memory, here's what I read and what I thought.

Wool and Shift by Hugh Howey. I could NOT put these down. Excited to read the 3rd installment, Dust.

Ella Enchancted, Fairest, Ever, A Tale of Two Castles, Stolen Magic, The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre, Cinderellis and the Glass Hill by Gail Carson Levine. I think Ella Enchanted is excellent. It's been on of my favorite books since I was 10 and it's just as fun to read now as it was then. I like all of her other books quite a bit less. Cinderellis and the Glass Hill (really a short story) and Fairest were my next two favorites. I always want to find out what happens in her stories (page turners) but they're just not as magical as Ella Enchanted.

The #1 Ladies Detective Agency. My friend Marisha brought this to me, and I was so happy because I've been meaning to read it for 10 (! no joke) years. The author is Scottish, and I did a study abroad in Scotland a decade ago, heard of them there but basically just haven't picked them up. I LOVED it. I'm so happy it's a series because I can't wait to read the others.

No Drama Discipline. I read a few parenting books this year. This one really is so good.

How to Talk so Little Kids will Listen: Another great parenting book. I thought it paired well with No Drama Discipline.

I TRIED to read A Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. Ughh. J.K. I love you, but that book was too depressing yet addicting for me to finish. When I was finally able to put it down I didn't dare pick it up again. Do that many people's lives really feel that way? I guess I'm more #blessed than I realized.

The 100 Year Old Man who Climbed out a Window and Disappeared. Oh, I loved this one. It is quirky and wonderful. I listened to this one on Overdrive.

The Nightingale. I liked this, but I've read a lot of WWII books and it was probably my least favorite. I'm wondering though- is there any truth in the story? Because it would be amazing if there really was a Nightingale.

The Light Between Oceans. Oh, this was good. Sad, but honestly not as sad as I thought it would be. I thought it taught really beautiful lessons about making things right and forgiveness and unconditional love. 

The Butchart Gardens, Victoria BC (with toddlers)

The Butchart Gardens, Victoria BC (with toddlers)

On Giving Gifts and Being Seen

On Giving Gifts and Being Seen