For me the sign a book warrants a spot on my "Best Book" list is whether I am able to still talk about the book, remembering the details, a month down the road. If the answer is yes, it's clearly a book that made an impression on me. For me, it's much too easy to close a book, write the review, and a month or so down the road, have no clue how the book ended, or maybe even what it was about (thank goodness I take notes along the way)..
With (6) months left of 2015 I wanted to reflect on which books left their mark so far. One thing I noticed the books I enjoy most are definitely, dark themes or stories about dysfunctional families.
Here's the books that I still talk about from the first half of 2015. The top (2) A Little Life; Hanya Yanagihara and Aquarium; David Vann are absolute favorites of the year. The others were memorable as well, but are in no particular order.
My granddaughters love having books by author/illustrator, Mo Williams read to them, so we picked up a few of his books for them this week. I found this interesting article where the author talks about how difficult being a kid can be. His first published book about that pesky pigeon, "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!," was a sensation, winning the prestigious Caldecott Honor in 2004 for "most distinguished American picture book for children."
Here's the (3) we selected --deciding was tough as there were quite a few to choose from.
Those of you with little ones, are you familiar with this author?
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