Monday, December 30, 2013

Jackie's Top Books From 2013

I have read so many great books this year, it's hard to pick the cream of this very impressive crop.  I'm already going to start with a cheat for my #1 because it was technically published in December of 2012, but I spent a lot of time handselling it, and it is very near and dear to my heart:

I love this book like no other.  Its story is true and inspiring and it pretty much made me want to give it to everyone I possibly can.  Here's the story, in a nutshell:

"Chicago native and attorney Rob Shindler’s journey to help his son overcome a major reading deficiency through volunteering to teach adults to read is chronicled in his newly released book Hot Dogs and Hamburgers: Unlocking Life’s Potential by Inspiring Literacy at Any Age.

Compelled to volunteer for Literacy Chicago as a means to help his son, Oliver, overcome significant reading deficiencies, Shindler takes readers along as he develops unconventional yet successful learning techniques. Through this journey, Shindler learned firsthand how ridiculous the common misconceptions are about learning disabilities and adult literacy. “Hot Dogs and Hamburgers” (facebook link here)

“As the parent of a child with special needs, I am acutely aware of how society judges those whose disabilities are not necessarily visible to others, and illiteracy is in fact, a hidden disease,” Shindler said. “Through ‘Hot Dogs & Hamburgers,’ I wanted to show that by solving the problem of illiteracy, we create productive individuals that positively contribute to society.”

There are 32 million adults in the United States, or 14% of the population, who cannot read, according to the U.S. Department of Education."

For the rest of my 2013 list I'm just going to put up the cover and you can click on it to learn more about the book.  I hope I can turn you on to some great books you might have missed.  I'm just putting them in the order I read them to keep my heart and brain from exploding.  lol

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