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.

Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work, by David Islay

Find in catalog“Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work” is a another StoryCorps book I read this summer. It’s a collections of transcribed short interviews of people talking about jobs and careers. This book was a quick read. It had a variety of touching stories that showed people’s commitment to their occupations. I recommend this book to people who like to learn about people’s lives, and who like to read short stories.

Views from Our Shoes: Growing Up with a Brother or Sister with Special Needs, edited by Donald Meyer

Find in CatalogThis book is a collection of short entries from children who have a sibling who has special needs, such as autism, Down syndrome, ADD, PDD, cerebral palsy, and others that I had never heard of before. I picked out this book because I have a sister who has autism. I wish I would have read this when I was younger because I would have learned that other kids my age were going through the same experiences and emotions. I recommend this book to anyone. It is a quick read, and you will learn a lot about how kids live with a sibling who has special needs and what their advice is for siblings, parents, and other people.

Listening is an act of love : a celebration of American life from the StoryCorps Project, edited by David Isay

Find in catalogI’ve always been a fan of StoryCorps, which I first heard on NPR years ago. The StoryCorps Project records audio interviews of people, gives them a copy, and keeps another to be archived in the Library of Congress. “Listening is an act of love : a celebration of American life from the StoryCorps Project” is a collection of some of those interviews. I like these books because they are short stories that draw you in. They cover a wide range of topics and age groups. It’s hard to put this book down.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown

Find in catalogI recently finished reading “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel James Brown. It’s about the nine men’s crew members from the University of Washington who won the Gold Medal in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. This was the first time I’ve read some sort of sports book, and I thought it was excellent. The author when into detail about some of the young men’s lives growing up in the Pacific Northwest before and during the Great Depression, and how they came to be part of the team. I think the history he gave about the team, as well as what was happening in Germany during that time, gave great perspective about what the challenges were during that time period. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes history, sports and learning about life in the Puget Sound. I can’t wait to watch the U.S. crew team in this summer’s Olympics!