Bibliophiles

I had set a goal in 2019 to read 50 books that year. I only felt short of 10 books. However, I realized that I was reading to finish and achieve a number rather than enjoy the book. Bill Gates reads 50 books a year and he is able to retain 80-90% of what he read. I am no Bill Gates. I am glad it took me 40 books to realize that. So this year, I will only read to enjoy.

My absolute favorites that I enjoyed reading and would easily read again are:

  • 12 Rules for Life- Jordan Peterson
  • Small great things- Jodi Picoult
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces- Joseph Campbell
  • Daring Greatly- Brene Brown
  • The Gifts of Imperfection- Brene Brown
  • Meditations- Marcus Aurelius
  • The Untethered Soul- Micheal J. Singer
  • My Autobiography- Charlie Chaplin
  • Small Giants By Bo Burlingam
  • The 80/20 Principle By Richard Koch

Like me, Azah also had a great year reading some fabulous books. Reading books to Azah has always played a key role in developing her language and understanding of the world. Since her 3rd birthday, she is able to narrate events of the immediate past like a story. She is able to come up with imaginary characters, provide a good setting for the story, name the protagonist in the story and come up with her own plot. Her only request while we play with toys is “Tell a story, Mama”.

She immersed herself in classic fairy tales, books about successful women and her favorite book being ‘Courage’. She sees herself as being courageous and brave. I love that courage plays a role in a difficult decision making process, if that means saving a lollipop for the next day. She would say, ‘Courage is saving one for the next day’.

The following books are great to foster awareness of rhyming words, sequencing a story and a fun narrative.

  • Courage by Bernard Waber
  • Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
  • A little bit Brave By Nicola Kinnear
  • Jane Austen- Little people, Big dreams
  • Amelia Earhart- Little people, Big dreams
  • The Slightly Annoying Elephant By David Walliams
  • How to Hide a Lion at School By Helen Stephens
  • Cat in the Hat By Dr.Seuss
  • We are going on a Bear Hunt By Micheal Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
  • The Girl, The Bear and the Magic Shoes By Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks

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