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Books in 2016

Books in 2016

Hi y'all! Happy Thursday! We have been in full Christmas-mode in the Mendez household. Our lights are up, Sesame Street's Christmas Special is usually on replay on Spotify, and every morning, Ximena is SHOCKED that we have a "HO HO HO" (what she calls anything even remotely Christmasy, but our tree in particular) in our LIVING ROOM. She gets SUPER excited.

Her excitement has made me appreciate Christmas tenfold this year. She doesn't care about presents, all she cares about are twinkling lights, and that her family is near - hugs, kisses, and plenty of snacks at the ready ;) 

Since we are on this topic of cozy, wintery nights in - I wanted to revisit a post I wrote a while ago about my Hello Esperanza Book Club. To be honest, the book I chose stunk. I actually started listening to it on Audible. The thing about audio books is that the narrator can make it or break it for you. Sadly, this narrator had a trailing list of shortcomings. I muscled through the book, but did not have the strength to write a "review" or host a discussion on this blog.

As a result, I have been wrapped in a tiny layer of guilt for not following through with this Book Club promise. I commit to doing it justice in 2017. For now, though - what I can do, is share my reading list for 2016. I am not going to write reviews for you, but if you have a question about any of the books below, please reach out! I am happy to share my thoughts and to swap notes. 

Since I am obsessed with adding to my never-ending list of books to read (believe me, it's a massive list), share yours with me! Let's use the hashtag #HelloEsperanzaBookClub. Share books you read this year, books you meant to, books you always want to read - but for some reason can never get around to, books you love to listen to in audio format. Can't wait to hear about ALL of them :)

Without further ado, in no particular order, I present to you my "Books in 2016" list. Please note, some of these I read in their actual, physical form (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Love Warrior, Revolutionary Mothering...), some I listened to thanks to Audible (Wildflower, When Breath Becomes Air, Small Great Things...), while still others I would read in the dark of the night on my iPhone or iPad's Kindle app just before drifting off to sleep (The Wonder Weeks, Invisible Monsters...).

As always, thanks for following along, and for your willingness to share with me, too! Happy reading, today and always. 

PS: Is anyone interested in Ximena's 2016 reading list? That might be a post for another day - but one I am more than happy to share!

Xo

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