Armonia Publishing Author Picks 2017: What We’re Reading and Think You Should Too!

It is that time of year… new resolutions, new goals, new you. But why is it that we choose so many goals and resolutions are just no fun at all? I mean, sure, eating healthy, getting in shape, giving up a bad habit are all good things that will end up making us feel better, but the process itself is not usually very enjoyable. That’s why my favorite goal every year—and the only one I ever make, much less stick to—is a reading list for the year. There are hundreds of lists out there or you can create your own. I usually do a combination of the two, that way when something unexpected or new catches my attention during the year, I can adapt.

A stack of books and a cup of coffee. Bring on 2017!

A stack of books and a cup of coffee. Bring on 2017!

Be creative, have fun, and most importantly, challenge yourself to try new things when you are developing your own list. How about a book about a character with special needs, a book by a first-time author, a book from an independent publisher, or a book recommended by an author you like? By the way, there are also forty-four books in the bible. Now there’s a divine reading list!



To inspire you in reading this year, we’ve asked the authors at Armonia to share with you some of their favorite books and to tell us why this book makes their list of favorites. We’ll bring you a new recommendation every month, so be sure to sign up so you don’t miss out, or follow the Armonia Publishing page on Facebook.


headshot fireplaceHere’s the first of our monthly installments by author, Renae Brumbaugh Green:

My favorite book list is a living, growing, breathing list, that tends to change as I read new books. My *current* favorite—because it’s what I’m reading now and I love it more than anything I’ve read in a while—is Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. It’s a unique memoir written in first person present tense. I never thought first person present would work, but when Ms. Woodson writes, it’s magical. As she tells her story, I’m mentally and emotionally transported to her childhood, to her grandmother’s kitchen; I can smell the smells and hear the sounds and feel the pain and joy and laughter in a way that makes me feel like I know her well, like I lived her life with her. I find myself nodding in familiarity at her experiences, even though I never lived them exactly. Somehow, she captures the essence of the human experience in simple, telling prose. Brown Girl Dreaming is a Newbery Honor Book, and has won the National Book Award and the Coretta Scott King Award. Though these awards are reserved for children’s books, this book is a jewel for any age.  Renae Brumbaugh Green ArmoniaPublishing

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