This is something new I’d like to bring to the blog. I’ve been doing this on Instagram for years but thought I’d put it out on Dad’s Desk for those who are interested in what I’ve been reading.
My goal every year is to read 12 books. Easy, one a month. Last year I read 37 and I usually surpass my goal of 12. I didn’t read anything until the last two weeks of February so far this year. My wife read 100 books last year and has started a new Instagram page to keep track and share with her followers. Plus, she has a lot better taste than me! She is a constant reminder to keep reading.
These posts will be short, include their Goodreads rating, my rating, a synopsis provided by the author, a picture of the book, and a link to an affiliate link to purchase it.
Book 1 of 2021
All The Little Children by Jo Furniss
Goodreads rating: 3.68/5
My rating: 3/5
“Struggling with working-mother guilt, Marlene Greene hopes a camping trip in the forest will provide quality time with her three young children—until they see fires in the distance, columns of smoke distorting the sweeping view. Overnight, all communication with the outside world is lost.
Knowing something terrible has happened, Marlene suspects that the isolation of the remote campsite is all that’s protecting her family. But the arrival of a lost boy reveals they are not alone in the woods, and as the unfolding disaster ravages the land, more youngsters seek refuge under her wing. The lives of her own children aren’t the only ones at stake.
When their sanctuary is threatened, Marlene faces the mother of all dilemmas: Should she save her own kids or try to save them all?”
Book 2 of 2021
When We Were Young by Karen Kingsbury
Goodreads rating 4.15/5
My rating: 5/5
“From their first meeting, to their stunning engagement and lavish wedding, to their happily-ever-after, Noah and Emily Carter seemed meant to be. They have a special kind of love—and they want the world to know. More than a million adoring fans have followed their lives on Instagram since the day Noah publicly proposed to Emily. But behind the carefully staged photos and encouraging posts, their life is anything but a fairytale, and Noah’s obsession with social media has ruined everything.
Distraught, Emily reaches out to her friend Kari Baxter Taylor and tells her the truth: Noah and Emily have decided to call it quits. He is leaving in the morning.
But when Noah wakes the next day, everything is different. Emily is gone and the kids are years older. Like Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, bizarre and strange events continue throughout the night so that Noah is certain he’s twenty years older, and he is desperate for a second chance.
Now it would take a miracle to return to yesterday.
When We Were Young is a rare and beautiful love story that takes place in a single day. It’s about knowing what tomorrow will bring if you really walk out that door today—and the gift of being able to choose differently.”
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