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  • Writer's pictureDr. Kristen Mitteness

Book Club: Great Reads for 2023

Another year, another book club list! Lots of fiction, but a few non-fiction as per usual. Enjoy!

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City Series Book 1) by Sarah J Maas - This was the longest book I have read in a while. It's like adult Harry Potter meets Game of Thrones meets Lord of the Rings. We picked it for book club based on the recommendation of my sister who has created quite the TikTok following because she likes to review smutty vampire books. I can't believe how sucked into it I got! I was going to put off reading the second book in the series, but I just couldn't wait. I really can't decide which one I like more. If you like this one, you better snag yourself the second, too! Now I'm anxiously awaiting the next.

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett - I don't often love dystopian novels. They are a bit much for me. But, I did like the Handmaid's Tale and this reminded me of that book plus the Hunger Games. The various relationships it develops are just lovely to read.

Code Name Helene by Ariel Lawhon - This is a WWII historical fiction book. If you liked The Alice Network or Nightingale, you will love this one! It was another lovely pick by my book club.

Hypnobirthing by Marie Mongan - I read a stupid amount of pregnancy books this year (hello, first pregnancy!) and I fell in love with this one. I was nearly shouting "YES!" at every chapter and it actually made me excited to experience labor.

Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina - I love reading books on child development. I often find things I can use in practice from them. This one was no exception. I was told about it in my Developmental Neurobiology course I took last January (for the second time, I love this stuff that much). If you are at all interested in helping aid your child's brain development or simply want to see if it can be improved, this book is helpful - for any age.

If you are interested in my favorite books from past years, here are the links:

2021 (It says "part I", turns out it was the only part - all of my favorite books were read in the first half of the year!)

I typically rent my books from the library. If you want to buy them, I really recommend checking out ABEbooks. The links above take you to Amazon.

Happy reading!

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