• My Dear Hamilton, by  Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie was enthralling. Although it is historical fiction, the setting is pure history. I listened to the book on Audible (23+ hours!) – and loved every minute. The character of Eliza Schulyer Hamilton comes to life and by the end of the book, I felt as if I’d known her personally. But beyond that, the portrayals of historical events – including the American Revolution, the writing of the Federalist papers, the War of 1812, and the grand return to America of General Lafayette near the end of Eliza’s life – gave new insight into the birth of this country I call home. This book is worth every minute of your time to read or listen to.
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne. Oh, my goodness. What more can I say? If you haven’t read this book, you need to. Even if you’ve seen the movie. The Holocaust and Auschwitz through the eyes of an innocent child. It’s a short read, but not easy.
  • Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers was the first Francine Rivers novel I ever read. It is a retelling of the story of Hosea, set in 19th century California. If you know anything about Hosea, you know it is a parable of God’s unending love for His people. This book brings the message home that we are never so far away from the Lord that He will stop loving us.
  • I am rereading The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis in 2020 and finding it so refreshing. I’ve never read all 7 books (still have 2 to finish). But even the ones I have read before, I’m seeing through fresh eyes. Everyone – child and adult – should read this series at least two or three times in their lives.