Happy Sunday everyone! and Happy Holidays! December 10th already.. isn’t it crazy? Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Thanks to the first snowfall of the season I’ve been spending the weekend cozied up on my sofa; I have my snacks, my hot cocoa, and my pile of books. Couldn’t be more perfect!
Take a look at the best and worst of what I’ve been reading during the week.
Probably the best novel I’ve read this year. Extraordinary good! Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood, and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principal is playing by the rules.
Everything change when Mia Warren, an enigmatic artist and single mother with a mysterious past, arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons.
When the Richardsons’ friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family – and Mia’s.
I’ve read this book in one stand, it was so good I could’t put it down. Winner of the Goodreads Choice Award as the best historical fiction of 2017, Before We Were Yours is based on one of America’s most notorious scandals, in which Georgia Tann, director of an adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country.
Memphis, Tennessee, 1939
Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge, until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents. But they quickly realize the dark truth…
Aiken, South Carolina, present day
Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.
Available on Amazon.com : Hardcover
Only 15 sleeps left until Christmas! It’s time for some classics. The Night Before Christmas is my favorite, and it’s almost impossible not to love this book.
Since it was first published anonymously in 1823, “The Night Before Christmas” has enchanted children with the story of St. Nicholas climbing down the chimney and filling all the stockings before springing back to his sleigh.
This version was published in 2011 by Applesauce Press; it’s new, oversized and gorgeously illustrated by the renowned artist Charles Santore (illustrator of The Wizard of Oz, Snow White, The Little Mermaid).
Well, that’s all for me. What have you been reading this week? Leave a comment and tell me what books on your reading list!
Happy reading everyone!