MR. WONG’S THANKFUL FOR:
Steal Like an Artist by Austion Kleon:
I'm thankful for this gem by Austin Kleon for the fact that it really distills great advice from his writing career into a few pertinent things to focus on to become someone who creates rather than passively consumes things. His writing combines humor and wit in a short book that really motivates a person to start living as a creator. This book really makes a great case for meaningful simplification in a time when we are tempted to try to do too much at once.
MS. CARRICK’S THANKFUL FOR:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn :
I am so happy I read this book it reminded me that I love a good mystery book!
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry:
I am thankful for this sweeping saga that captures all that is good and noble and evil about the human spirit.
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo:
A wonderfully written documentary on modern day India and all its dichotomies, I am thankful for my very cushy life in the 'burbs.
MS. MCDONALD’S THANKFUL FOR:
The Diviners by Libba Bray: I am thankful for this mystical thriller that kept me up at night just wanting to read “one more chapter.” It left me surprised and chilled and I cannot wait for the sequel. A book that I can’t wait to get home to read is like a gift. “Seventeen-year-old Evie O'Neill is thrilled when she is exiled from small-town Ohio to New York City in 1926, even when a rash of occult-based murders thrusts Evie and her uncle, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult, into the thick of the investigation.”
Breaking Night: A memoir of forgiveness, survival and my journey from homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray: I am so thankful for this story of perseverance, determination and forgiveness. Overcoming what seems like impossible odds through hard work, belief and strength is a book all young adults should read. It made me realize how fortunate I am for what I have in my life. “Liz Murray, who was homeless at the age of fifteen and had drug-addicted parents, reflects on how she overcame obstacles and eventually attended Harvard University.”