Books, books and books! 4

On my phone there’s a list of books I’ve read this year (because I’d totally forget) and books I want to read. Both lists are ever growing and today I’m happy (and a little nervous) to be sharing! Why nervous, you ask? Well, because book choices can be a kinda-sorta personal thing. Sometimes I read things I don’t fully agree with and for me, that’s okay. So when I’m recommending a book, please know I’m not saying the author knows everything or that I condone every word. 

The books I’ve read this year and loved have been the ones I haven’t wanted to return to the library. They are the ones I wish lined our shelves, with underlines and highlights through out. Some of them I’ve bought and I’ll be reading again. Let’s make this a conversation okay? Be sure to share your favorite books for everyone to get some new ideas!

If you’re in the Seattle area, don’t forget about Amazon’s Global Free Library, a celebration of books and reading in honor of World Book Day, Thursday, April 20. Bring your favorite childhood or young adult book to donate to the Global Free Library and take one in return. Events will be held in 12 countries throughout the week. Make sure you share the fun on social media using the hashtag #LovetoRead

 And now….on to the books I’ve read this year and loved. 

Books I’ve read in 2017 and loved:

The Magnolia Story

Passionate Nutrition: A Guide to Using Food as Medicine from a Nutritionist Who Healed Herself from the Inside Out

When Breath Becomes Air

Starry-Eyed: Seeing Grace in the Unfolding Constellation of Life and Motherhood

The Red Tent – 20th Anniversary Edition: A Novel

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms

Books on my “want to read” list:

Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path

Called: My Journey to C. S. Lewis’s House and Back Again

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

I Capture the Castle

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Love Lives Here: Finding What You Need in a World Telling You What You Want
Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do: Take Back Your Power, Embrace Change, Face Your Fears, and Train Your Brain for Happiness and Success

The Secret Life of Bees
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living

And last but definitely not least, here are a couple must-mention new releases from Sasquatch Books (an awesome Seattle publisher!) for the kids! These books are perfect for summer vacations, stay-cations and everything in between. They help our kids learn more about our incredible area, while developing their love of learning.

Curious Kids Nature Guide

Explore the Amazing Outdoors of the Pacific Northwest

Did you know that baby raccoons are smaller than a bar of soap? Or that salmon smell using little pits in the front of their eyes? Curious Kids Nature Guide is filled with full-color illustrations and fun facts about the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest, encouraging kids to discover and explore nature in their own backyards and beyond. Organized by habitat–forest, beach, fresh water, and backyards and urban parks–this book will teach kids about some of the most intriguing flora, fauna, and natural phenomena of the region while also sharing ecological lessons. Read more here!

Will It Blow?

Become a Volcano Detective at Mount St. Helens

Will Mount St. Helens erupt again? Will it spit lava or unleash a deadly mudflow? Learn how to be a volcano detective, sifting through the evidence, searching for clues, and solving real-life cases. This classroom favorite has won numerous awards, including being named a Washington Reads pick, a Natural History magazine Best Book for Young Readers, and an Oregon Book Award finalist.. Read more here.

Okay so, spill the beans! What have you been reading lately? What’s on your must-read list?

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About Angela Strand

Angela is a wife, mama to three little ones and a lifelong Washington State resident. Besides facilitating the NW Healthy Mama website, she loves being involved in her kids' school, hiking with her girlfriends, growing all the things, writing, reading and taking photos.

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4 thoughts on “Books, books and books!

  • Jenny

    I’ve read a few of the same books. All fantastic! I also read Quiet and The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World. I highly recommend the 2nd book. It made my introvert self feel so normal ;).

  • KathyG

    Thanks for sharing your list, Angela. I plan to add some of these titles to my reading list! I’ve read All the Light You Cannot See and Breath Becomes Air. Wonderful, poignant stories.

    You might like Hillbilly Elegy (a memoir) by JD Vance. Excellent read.