May was a great book month. I loved every book I read. I’m currently reading Anna Quindlen’s Lot of Candles, Plenty of Cake, and I’m really enjoying it. I’m also putting together a list of books I want to read this summer. Dan sent me this article in Wired featuring a lot of books that look good. What’s on your summer reading list?
This book was beautiful and gut wrenching. It follows the story of two sisters during World War II in occupied France. I loved this story because it hit many themes that got me thinking about my life. First, the complicated relationship between the sisters given their age differences and life circumstances. Second, complicated family dynamics. Third, the importance of friendship and how far you’d go for a friend. Fourth, how these woman faced the unthinkable and what would I have done? I could go on and on. I loved this book and it stirred up a lot of emotions. Great read.
I feel like I’ve read a bunch of books along the lines of kidnapping grown women (or in the case of Gone Girl, a fake kidnapping), and I don’t know what it is but those types of stories intrigue me. I guess because they remind me of Law and Order, which I LOVE. So here’s another kidnapping story, complicated by family dynamics and lies. Also a weird relationship between the kidnapped woman and her captor. The story switches narrators, which I like. Overall, a good page turner.
Another win! I had no idea where this book was going. It started off like it was just going to be about this shallow girl getting married and the issues surrounding that. But then the story evolved to how she got to this place in her life, going back to an incident that happened when she was in high school. You learn bits and pieces about that incident as you go, and you don’t find out exactly what happened until the end. It was dark and twisty, and I loved it. I’m sure some people won’t like the narrator. But I did. Yep, she was super flawed and did some questionable things. But I thought the author showed how someone can be mean and nasty and also vulnerable.
What are you reading? What’s on your reading this for this summer?