Here is the round-up of books worth recommending:
Ah how I love, love, love Ada's story. This children's story is set during World War II. Ada and her brother Jamie live in London with her mother. The mother never let Ada out of their apartment because she's ashamed of her club foot. The war came, and children were evacuated to the suburb. Ada and Jaime were put up with Susan, a seemingly ill-tempered woman who grieves her loss of best friend. But under that cold surface, it's a warm heart. She becomes the mom Ada never had. That's where the beautiful story all begins.
2. The Choice: Embrace the Possible. By Edith Eger.
This book is written by Dr. Edith Eger, a Holocaust survivor from Hungary. She shared the heartbreaking story during World War II, including losing both parents in one day as they were marched into the concentration camp. A second section of the book focuses on her life after the war and her life as a first-generation immigrant in America. As the title indicates, the book is about making "the choice". One can't choose what happened to her and her family. What one could choose, is how she reacts to it.
3. Murder on the Orient Express. By Agatha Christie
As a detective story fan, I wonder why it takes me so long to start reading Hercule Poirot series! This story is so captivating I couldn't put the book down. The ending is absolutely surprising. Look forward to reading other books in this series!
So these are the top ones for first half of 2019. Hoping for more good reads for remainder of the year!