I haven’t talked about books in a while, and let me tell ya…I’ve been on a fiction binge the last few months. When you combine audio books and an hour-long commute you can crank through some stuff. Instead of including everything I’ve read lately, I thought I would just share my three favorites.
1. Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: I had to start with this one because it’s been my absolute favorite lately. There is definitely not a shortage of WWII books recently, but I think this one is special. I wouldn’t say this is an easy read, but I think it’s important. It’s set in a small French village and covers the entirety of WWII. The main character, Vianne, watches as her husband leaves for war, the Nazis take over her village and then her home, her friends and neighbors are sent to concentration camps, and her entire life seems to be stripped apart. I loved this book because it gave me insight into what life was like for women living in occupied Europe during the war. We’re not often taught that perspective when we study this time period, and it gave me a new appreciation for the heartache, bravery, and determination of these people.
After You by JoJo Moyes: I’m pretty much shocked that I’m recommending this. It’s the followup novel to Me Before You that was not my favorite. Actually it may have been my most disliked book of 2015. But…I couldn’t resist the urge to find out what happened in the second book. So naturally, I devoured it in two days. I enjoyed the plot line a lot. Death was one of the major themes throughout this book, and I really appreciated the author’s approach. I finished it feeling uplifted and lighthearted even while processing what death has meant in my own life. *Caveat…there is at least one part in the book that’s inappropriate so be prepared to skim.
The Bronte Plot by Katherine Reay: I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve read from this author. She takes the stories of classic authors like Jane Austen and Emily Bronte and creates more modern stories. It’s fun and light-hearted chick-lit, and there’s nothing wrong with that. This particular story involves secrets, European adventures, and rare books, which of course makes everything better. I think you’ll enjoy this one, it would make a great beach read.
Also…If you’re looking for the perfect summer book you should check out Anne Bogel’s (Modern Mrs. Darcy) Summer Reading List. Anne is basically a book whisperer. I find so many great books from her site and podcast. (Yes I listen to podcasts about books. Don’t judge…) Anyway, you should check her out.
What have you been reading lately? I’d love to hear your suggestions.