Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Find in catalogFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Hogwarts Library book) is a book that describes the creatures mentioned in the Harry Potter book series. The book is written as a sort of encyclopedia. It includes commentary from some of the characters in the Harry Potter series. I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of that series or who enjoys fantasy. They would enjoy the author’s very creative imagination.

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The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling

Find in catalogThe Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of fairy tales from the Harry Potter book series. It includes the well-known story “The Tale of the Three Brothers,” which became one of the themes in the book “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” I recommend this book to anyone who likes the Harry Potter series, fairy tales, or short stories.

The Shadow of His Wings by Fr. Gereon Karl Goldmann, O.F.M.

The Shadow of His Wings┬áis about Fr. Goldman’s life before, during, and after his time serving in the German army during WWII. He was drafted while in seminary. The book tells about the horrific situations he faced and what he did to stay true to his Catholic faith despite the persecution from the Nazis and others. I enjoyed this book because I learned more about what it was like for some Germans who were in the army against their will and what they did to help others during that difficult time.

Natural Disaster: I Cover Them, I Am One by Ginger Zee

Find in catalogThis book is a memoir of Ginger Zee, the ABC News Chief Meteorologist. She writes about her career path and the many personal and professional struggles she has faced along the way to get current job, including her mental health. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading memoirs.

Spark Joy by Marie Kondo

Find in catalogMarie Kondo’s book “Spark Joy” is a companion book to her best-selling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” I chose to read this book because I am still in the process of tidying up a couple of rooms in my house that were never really organized when I moved into my house two years ago. I’ve wanted to put them in order for a long time, but I’ve procrastinated, and I thought this book would inspire me to tackle this project. It has inspired me not only to organize those rooms, but also other parts of my house. I can’t wait to get started! I recommend this book to people who want to learn simple ways to go through their belongings so that they keep the items that really matter to them.

Dancing with Rose: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer’s by Lauren Kessler

Find in catalogI really enjoyed this book. The author writes about her experience working as a minimum wage caregiver at a facility in Oregon for people who have Alzheimer’s. She started her job a few years after her mom died of Alzheimer’s. She did this in order to better understand the disease. She sheds light on what it’s like to be a caregiver, the family members of the residents, and the people there who have different stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about Alzheimer’s.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Find in catalogI would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading science fiction. I don’t usually read that genre, so it was really easy for me to become distracted while reading this book. However, I will say that the writing was very creative and visual. The characters have a lot of personality. For fast readers, I think this would be a quick read.

Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

Find i catalogThis book tells the story of the race horse Seabiscuit, his jockeys, owner, and the many people involved in his life. The author goes depth to explain what the life of a race horse jockey was like during the Great Depression in the United States. She illustrates how difficult it was for their health and other aspects of their lives. I thought this book was interesting because it gave context to what was going on around the country during Seabiscuit’s popular racing career. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes history, sports, and racing.

Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry

Find in catalogThis book is about a girl and her Jewish best friend growing up in Denmark during the German occupation in the early 1940s. It’s also about the Resistance movement that helped many Jewish people escape to Sweden to avoid being relocated to concentration camps. I believe this is a great book for children to introduce them to learning about the Holocaust and World War II. I also think adults will find this book to be good and a quick read. One of my favorite parts was the afterward at the end because the author explained how she included the stories of real people who lived there during that time. I haven’t read this book in a long time, and I found it in my box of other books I had in storage. It was well worth the read.

Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the next generation to win with money, by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruze

Find in catalogI’ve heard of Dave Ramsey’s books through friends, and this was my first one. Although I do not have children right now, I was curious to see what his thoughts are on raising kids to be money-smart. He offers a thorough teaching plan for parents who have kids of all ages and how parents can lead by example. Some of his methods are what my parents used with me and my siblings, and they worked. I recommend this book to anyone rasing children or grandchildren and want advice on how to teach them how to use money wisely.