This group of books will make you get your Kleenex, seriously. These are the books I finished reading in December.
Hinterland by Caroline Brothers is a story about 2 young boys and their adventures in trying to immigrate to the United Kingdom. This would be a good adult companion book to Shadow by Micheal Morpurgo a young adult fiction book about 2 Afghanistan's who seek asylum in England. I was reading "Shadow" aloud to Chuckles while reading Hinterland. I think it added to my overall understanding. As Americans, I don't think we fully understand that other countries have immigration problems and I for one didn't think of the logistics that it takes to immigrate to the UK.
The Sweetness of Forgetting by Kristin Harmel is a story about a bakery owner and her adventures in finding out the truth about her heritage through her grandmother. There is a mystery she solves. In a way this book reminds me of the book Sarah's Key as part of the book discusses and explores the round-up of Jews in Paris during WWII. Bring your Kleenex. This is a two hanky read.
Lastly, I read Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed. Cheryl Strayed is also the author of Wild. I was just so-so on Wild. There are better books on the Pacific Crest Trail. . However, I really enjoyed the advice she gave as Sugar. I will say this is adult advice as some the advice requested was clearly for your not typical adult situations. I think most of us NEED a Dear Sugar in our lives. Someone who give it to us straight up and not sugar coated.
Life as Mom has a great list of books that several other bloggers and her are going to tackle in the new year as part of her Booking it Series. It is a very interesting and diverse. I picked some off that list to add to my own. Check out my list below:
Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams
Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris
Cleaning House: A Mom's Twelve Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma
The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean
The Feast Nearby by Robin Mather
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn
French Kids Eat Everything by Karen Le Billon
A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg