My Christmas

Basically I got pneumonia right before Christmas so I was able to read these! I loooooooved these books. It was such a blessing to be able to read freely and comfortably in my bed. I have one conclusion: Work is just getting in my way of reading and my bed! 🤣

It helps that this was an excellent collection of books!

The Mothers by Brit Bennett is one of my all-time favorite books. I have never read another book like it! It felt like all the characters were real- I can’t belive they are fictional. I feel like Luke, Nadia, and Aubrey were real people that are also 28 years old. She made Oceanside so real and the entire book was so full of sadness and longing. I felt so much hurt underneath all the characters. I related especially to Aubrey because I think she has been hurt and she was betrayed by her best friend and her husband. Despite making despicable chocies, Luke and Nadia have also been hurt themselves. This is a book about choices and our younger selves that I will continue to think about long after the last page. I think when people say they want the privilege of reading a book for the first time again, this is what they mean.

The Immortalists is another very wonderful book about choices! I looooved this book too!!!!!! I love Simon, Klara, Daniel, and Varya. I loved all of their stories and I would happily go on any journey with them. Thank you Chloe Benjamin for writing this very important book! I am so so glad that you did!!!!! It gave me so much to think about. Excellent writing! There are so many scenes that stood out to me. I loved this book.

A Very Large Exxpanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi is also an excellent book! I loved it. Break dancing, Persians, high school, and love ❤ It was just such a healing and hopeful book despite the hate surrounding our main characters, Shirin and Ocean. ❤

NYR:

The Penderwicks – I’m saving this for a summer read too!

Sting-Ray Afternoons – I WILL finish this book! I will!

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