Book list 2020

In the last year I chose all different kinds of books to read. I found that the material needed to be lighter and each book had to be worth the emotional energy to be finished. This time I also included chapter books Emma and I read together. Every night ended with maiki reading aloud to us and it was the most memorable part of 2020. He read all of the Moomin books, both Children of Noisy Village, three from Betsy Tacy collection and now working through the books of Mary Poppins. Listening to him read aloud is like attending a theatrical production of our favorite stories.

Book List :

Howards End

The Empty House

I Capture the Castle

The Hazel Wood

The Saturdays

Miss Happiness and Miss Flower

The Summer Book

Secret of the Old Clock

Hungry Planet

The Van Gogh Cafe

Your 9-year-old

Crazy Rich Asians trilogy

Olive, Again

On Beauty

Grand Union: Stories

Plainsong

The Night Circus

The Notebook

My Antonia

When We Were Young and Brave

The Family Under the Bridge

The Starless Sea

How to Do Nothing

My favorites by far were written by Erin Morgenstern. I guess I should be choosing more fantasy novels!

salt dough ornaments

We made salt dough and cut them into hearts and stars and clovers. They were baked on low heat until they seemed done. Some are hung on the tree and some are tied up on a string and hung like garland. They have a cheery look to them with the candy cane string.

Using cookie cutters always reminds me of a favorite Raggedy Ann book from childhood. It’s fun to be grown up and bake.

Christmas books

We have great luck checking out holiday books from the library. I reserved them online and we have been picking up a book every few days for a while now. We really enjoy the Moomin comics after reading through all the books. Reading “The Family Under the Bridge” to Emma for the first time this year. We haven’t begun “The Christmas Carol” mouse book but last year she watched the “Muppets Christmas Carol” so she is a bit familiar with the story. The “Lighthouse Christmas” has a sweet story with a real flying santa and the Chirri and Chirra books are our new favorite picture books. The “Lost Christmas” book (picture below) was so pretty but easier to enjoy outside in good lighting. “Christmas in Noisy Village” is also a favorite (last photo) and we read chapters from our books at home each year to hear about their traditions.