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Top Five of 2018

The Voice that Changed My Life

2018 was a big year for books for me. After a summer road trip filled with intriguing podcasts, one stood out - What Should I Read Next? with Anne Bogel.  I was so excited to listen to Anne talk to her guests and curate a book list for them that I became even more obsessed with books than I already was. And, after listening to her guests share their reading goals, I instituted one for me - 12 by the end of the year. It doesn't sound like much but it was the end of August and work was heating up.


The list below includes books stories that made me gasp in disbelief, cry in sadness and loss, and sit in amazement of the strength and perseverance of the human condition. I highly recommend them all. 


The Nightengale by Kristin Hannah

Two sisters. Different paths. The same war. Unconscionable situations. 


Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

An Olympian whose race to the finish line required him to access strength and perseverance he never knew he possessed. 



The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

The story of three women and how their lives intertwine during WWII in the most heart-wrenching ways. 


We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

A family torn about by the ravages of WWII and their determination to reconnect. 


Little Bee by Chris Cleave

A young girl's interaction with a vacationing couple leads her to a foreign land and way of life and, ultimately, a mother. 


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