The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Set in France during WWII from the perspective of two sisters. Beautiful and heartbreaking.
Tin Man by Sarah Winman. Follows the life of three friends who meet in Oxford in the 90s. I read it in one sitting and was bereft when it ended.
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande. Opened my eyes to the failure of our society to plan for the inevitable. Three key questions we should all ask: 1. What are your concerns?, 2. What goals are most important?’ 3. What trade offs are you willing/not willing to make?
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout. Two passages that really affected me:
1. “He was just gone, this dear, dear man, this friend of my soul.”
2. “Later, after my first book was published, I went to a doctor who is the most gracious woman i have ever met. I wrote down on a piece of paper what the student said about the person from New Hampshire. I wrote down things that had happened in my childhood home. I wrote down things I’d found out in my marriage. I wrote down things I could not say. She read them all and said, Thank you, lucy. It will be okay.”
The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey. Protect your child’s right to fail. It’s how they develop a toolbox of coping mechanisms to lift them and move them forward. Help kids problem solve and find lessons in failure.
The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds by Alexander McCallSmith. Another perfect bedtime read. I love these books just as much the second (maybe third?) time around.