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Old 01-12-2021, 07:06 AM
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Looking for book suggestions!

When I started thinking about a 2021 reading goal, I realized that I wanted to go in a different direction this year. I have put a lot of effort into diversifying my kids' bookshelves, but not so much my own. I looked at a lot of reading challenges and eventually compiled my own. I've put together this list to try to push myself out of my comfort zone. I had lots more ideas, but I'm trying to keep it to what I can actually accomplish in a year, still leaving some time for mindless mystery and chick lit reading.

A book by a Black author
A book by an Indigenous author
A non-fiction book
A memoir
A book that's gotten lots of hype
A book on my shelf I haven't read
A book that won an award
A fantasy or sci-fi book
A book with a disabled character
A book about an immigration experience (Peace by Chocolate is already on my shelf)
A book that will make me a better teacher/parent

I would love to hear any of your suggestions. Categories I should add? Book suggestions for any of them


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Old 01-12-2021, 07:12 AM
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Humor? A book to help me learn something new? A book about a favorite hobby? Travel?

Are you reading books only by Canadian authors?

I like your list and your goal.
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Old 01-12-2021, 07:18 AM
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Was a woman with autism animal rights advocate, the movie must have had a book

A friend who worked at our community library wore a t shirt that said

So many books, so little time.
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Old 01-12-2021, 07:33 AM
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A book by a Black author—The Vanishing Half, Bennett
A book by an Indigenous author—There There, Orange
A non-fiction book—The Splendid and the Vile, Larson
A memoir—Heavy, Laymon
A book that's gotten lots of hype—Interior Chinatown, Yu
A book that won an award—Shuggie Bain, Stuart
A book about an immigration experience—American Dirt, Cummins
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Old 01-12-2021, 08:25 AM
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The Wangs vs the World by Jade Chang is an immigrant story about a dysfunctional family that loses their fortune when the Recession hits. Lots of humor.


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Old 01-12-2021, 08:56 AM
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A book by a Black author Deacon King Kong Mc Bride
The Warmth of Other Suns Wilkerson (nonfiction as well)

A non-fiction book The Body: A guide for occupants Bryson

A book that's gotten lots of hype American Dirt Cummings

A book about an immigration experience Lucky Boy Sekaran

Paper Wife Ibrahim

I love your categories!
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Old 01-12-2021, 09:13 AM
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Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese is a wonderful book about an Ethiopian family and a son who continues his medical studies in the U.S.
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Old 01-12-2021, 10:44 AM
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No categories to add but some books to consider:

A book by an Indigenous author
anything by Richard Wagamese especially Ragged Company

A non-fiction book
Red Tails in Love by Marie Winn

A book that will make me a better teacher/parent
Hold On To Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Matê
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Old 01-12-2021, 02:43 PM
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A book by a Black author:
Ta-Nehisi Coates - Between the World and Me

A book that's gotten a lot of hype:
The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue

A book that won an award:
Fredrik Backman - Beartown

A book with a special needs character:
Matthew Dicks - Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
Sofia Segovia - The Murmur of the Bees

A book about an immigration experience:
Ernesto Cisneros - Efren Divided
Isabel Allende - Long Petal of the Sea
Pam Munoz Ryan - Mananaland

A book that will make you a better teacher:
Donnalynn Miller - The Book Whisperer
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Old 01-12-2021, 04:16 PM
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Immigration experience: The Beekeeper of Aleppo. I read this book months ago, and I still think about it. I think what made it so memorable and real is that the author worked with immigrants and used their stories (but it is fiction). It will tear your heart out, but it's excellent.

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Nuri is a beekeeper and Afra, his wife, is an artist. Mornings, Nuri rises early to hear the call to prayer before driving to his hives in the countryside. On weekends, Afra sells her colorful landscape paintings at the open-air market. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the hills of the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo—until the unthinkable happens. When all they love is destroyed by war, Nuri knows they have no choice except to leave their home. But escaping Syria will be no easy task: Afra has lost her sight, leaving Nuri to navigate her grief as well as a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece toward an uncertain future in Britain.

Nuri is sustained only by the knowledge that waiting for them is his cousin Mustafa, who has started an apiary in Yorkshire and is teaching fellow refugees beekeeping. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss but dangers that would overwhelm even the bravest souls. Above all, they must make the difficult journey back to each other, a path once so familiar yet rendered foreign by the heartache of displacement.

Moving, intimate, and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a book for our times: a novel that at once reminds us that the most peaceful and ordinary lives can be utterly upended in unimaginable ways and brings a journey in faraway lands close to home, never to be forgotten.


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Old 01-12-2021, 05:04 PM
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How about a book that makes you laugh? I've enjoyed David Sedaris


How about a book of short stories? "A Manual For Cleaning Women" by Lucia Berlin was the last book of short stories that I read
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Old 01-12-2021, 05:42 PM
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nonfiction:
The Library Book: the specific story of one library and its terrible fire but lots of info about libraries and librarians throughout history
The Power of Habit: this has the potential to be a real life-changing book for anyone needing to cease or create a habit--incredibly fascinating! very rarely do i purchase a book after reading it for free--i paid for this one!


immigration:
Refugee (middle school kids' book--historical fiction--SOOO good)
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Old 01-13-2021, 03:04 AM
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Memoir-Where the Light Enters Jill Biden
Nonfiction-The Girls from Ames (follows a group of 11 friends from Iowa)
Better teacher-The Book Whisperer (as someone else mentioned)-new way of looking at teaching reading


Good luck on your challenge!
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