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I know I mentioned earlier in the week that I would be taking this week off, and wouldn’t be posting anything new until next week…but, I just couldn’t help myself. This blog is about sharing amazing things with you all, and I just finished a fabulous, FABULOUS book that I couldn’t wait to tell you about. I’ve read some great books over the past six months and will be sharing all of them with you next month in my annual Wonderful Winter Reads post, but the book Wonder by R.J Palacio deserves a review post of its very own. I have noticed it floating around Goodreads over the past few weeks and put a copy on hold at the library. Then, on Christmas Day my mom gave a copy to me and all of my siblings. “This is required reading” she said. I figured it must be good. 🙂


Wonder by R.J. Palacio is a book about a sweet 10-year-old boy, August Pullman who has a very deformed face. His dear Mother has home schooled him in the past but feels it best for him to go to attend a regular school once he hits the 5th grade. The story of his ups and downs and interactions with classmates both kind and unkind is told through his eyes, and the eyes of those around him. He is a smart, endearing, tender soul that captivates the reader from the first few paragraphs. In short, it’s a story about kindness and amazing transformations. The author is brilliant and interjects many, many golden nuggets of wisdom throughout. I was reminded as I read it, that every single person can make a difference for good. Even the slightest act of kindness matters.

I loved this book, and have to agree with my mom. It definitely is “required reading”.  At least for the people living under this roof of mine. 🙂

I would love to give away a copy of Wonder to 5 lucky readers. To enter the giveaway just leave me a comment telling me one of your favorite books. You may enter from today until next Thursday January 2nd. The 5 winners will be announced Friday January 3rd. Good luck! Hope you are enjoying a nice winter holiday!

For a list of more book recommendations click HERE.

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  1. My favorite book of all time is Mrs. Mike. I must have read this book 20-30 times during my lifetime. Wonderful book! Thanks for your recipes and a chance to win!

  2. I have many favorites, but this year, due to your recommendations, I read and loved all of Kate Morton’s books. Thanks!!

  3. Not long ago i found your internet site and poessss been reading along. I figured I would leave my 1st comment. Nice blog. I am going to keep visiting this site very frequently. Thanks