I realized I hadn't done a "recent reads" post in awhile, and I've been reading a lot of good (and some not-so-good) books over the past few months, and decided today was a great day to share!
Here are the books I've read since my last post:
- The Royal We // I didn't have high hopes for this, but it was so good! A sweet and quick read that loosely follows the story of Prince William and Princess Kate. It was really interesting, especially if you're into the royal family, to think about what it must have been like for Kate, a "commoner", to become part of the royal family. Just a really good read with lots of witty banter!
- Americanah // This was a book club pick and I didn't care for it. It was long, the ending was disappointing and although there was some good and eye-opening commentary on race, I didn't feel like it was worth my time overall.
- 168 Hours // I read this for the Nancy Ray book club and it profoundly shifted my view of time!! The idea that you really CAN make time for all the things you enjoy was so powerful for me. Also, it helped me frame things in terms of an "ideal week" vs an "ideal day" which has helped so much now that I'm a mama and feel like there's never enough time in any given day. There usually IS enough time in a week!
- Wild & Free // Hayley Morgan and Jess Connolly BROUGHT IT with this book. I think I underlined 98% of it. Such good truth, especially if you're prone to striving and trying to earn salvation (ahem, hand raised over here.) Highly, highly recommend.
- Big Magic // I was "meh" about this. I think my expectations were too high. It was an interesting read about creativity, but it lacked a lot of what I believe to be a crucial part of creativity, and that is that it's created and inspired by God.
- We Never Asked for Wings // The second novel by one of my favorite authors, Vanessa Diffenbaugh. I absolutely loved her first and this one didn't disappoint! It has a good ending and the story pulls you right in from the get-go.
- The Lakehouse // Another from my all-time favorite author, Kate Morton. She has this incredible way of writing and weaving in details that keep you guessing until the very end. This one might be my favorite of all of hers. So good, so many twists and turns. It's definitely one you'll be thinking about all day, waiting until you can pick it up again!
- The Coincidence of Coconut Cake // This was a book club choice, and I loved it (which is good, because I picked it!) Just a cute, heartwarming, quick-reading love story. I love that it's set in Milwaukee, a city I never cared to visit until reading this. Perfect if you want to read a book in a weekend; it's a fast read!
- Dear Mr. Knightley // I was super disappointed by this one. I had high hopes, loving Jane Austen as I do, but it fell short. I guess fan fiction will never be as good as the real thing, eh?
- The Dirty Life // I'm not sure where I saw this book recommendation, but I am SO glad I picked it up. The incredible story of how a woman - a city slicker, so to speak - became a hardcore farmer. It's funny, it's eye-opening and it made me want chickens!
- Me Before You // Another book club pick, and I hated it. It's rare that I say I hated a book, but for this one, it's true. I will try not to spoil the ending, but I was FURIOUS when I got to the end. I felt like it does a disservice to disabled people everywhere and paints the value of life in such bleak and depressing terms. I was angry for days after reading it.
- Anne of Green Gables // My favorite novel of all time, probably. I realized I'd never read the rest of the books in the "Anne" series, so I tackled those this summer and it was such a delight!! I will forever love Anne's quirkiness and will forever feel as though I'm kindred spirits with this feisty fictional character.
- Anne of Avonlea // The second book in the "Anne" series. Just as delightful as the first!
- The Summer Before the War // A second novel by the same author as "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand", which I read earlier this year. This was a beautiful book, an engaging story, funny at parts and tear-jerking at others. I recommend it!
- Rush Oh! // I picked this up randomly because I loved the cover art, and it turned out to be a great read. It's told from the perspective of an 18-year old girl who lives on the coast of Australia, and whose family is involved in whaling in the early 1900s. Their mother has died, so she is responsible for their household. It's a good story, and I was really intrigued by all the information about whaling, too. Also, it's based on a true story about a real-life family, which I always find intriguing!
- Anne of the Island // Another in the Anne series. Not much to say except they're all so delightful!
- Anne of Windy Poplars // See above :)
- Little Women // I can't believe I'd never read this before! What a charming story about the four March sisters. I absolutely loved it.
- Under the Wide and Starry Sky // Super interesting historical fiction book about Robert Louis Stevenson (the author of Treasure Island) and his wife, Fanny Van De Grift Osborne. It followed their entire relationship and all their travels around the world and I was swept away reading about their marriage. If you like historical fiction, especially those about couples (think The Paris Wife, The Aviator's Wife) you'll love this.
- Sugar Crush // This is good for skimming, I would say. It focuses mostly on sugar as the culprit for diabetes and pre-diabetes and is VERY scientific and talks about symptoms specific to those conditions. There were some helpful tips about how much sugar should be included in your diet and how to avoid it, but overall I would maybe pick a different nutrition book if you're interested. Much of this was over my head and just too packed with info to be understandable.
- The Whale: A Love Story // I quit this after one chapter. I thought it was about the writing of Moby Dick, and it sort of is, but it's also about the homosexual relationship between Nathanial Hawthorne and Herman Melville. Although interesting from a historical perspective, not my cup of tea for my for-fun reading.
- Eat, Move, Sleep // I also quit reading this after two chapters. It was very basic - all about why you should eat well, move your body and sleep - and repetitive. If you have no knowledge about nutrition or healthy movement and sleep, it might be for you. But if you've read other books or articles, it will be a little too elementary I think.
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child // We read this for book club and I'm honestly a little surprised I didn't love it like I expected. I have a zillion thoughts and won't share any spoilers but I think I went in with way too high of expectations, expecting an 8th HP novel when really it's a stripped down reading of a play, which is not something I typically read or typically enjoy. It was fun to revisit the beloved characters again and be introduced to new ones, but I don't think it belongs with the other Harry Potter books. Reads more like fan fiction than something JK Rowling was part of, in my opinion.
- The Postmistress // I just finished this last week and really didn't love it. The story was depressing from beginning to end with no real redeeming part. I did enjoy the glimpses into the WWII Blitz of London - I somehow forgot that it lasted months (I thought it was just a couple weeks) and the unflinching portrait of Londoners at that time was really interesting. WWII fiction is my favorite genre, but this is one I'd skip.
- At the Water's Edge // On the other hand, this novel, also set during WWII but in Scotland, was SO GOOD. I read it in two days because I just couldn't put it down. There's several plot twists that will keep you guessing, and although I didn't like the main character at first, I grew to love her as the story wore on. Same author as "Water For Elephants", which I also loved. Highly recommend!
Whew, that was a lot! Are you reading anything good these days? I'm always on the hunt for new picks! Thanks for reading, XO!