summer reading

I’ve had quite a book stack going this summer. I don’t normally have more than 3 books going at a time, but I think right now I’ve got at least 5!

I recently finished All the Light We Cannot See, which I saw floating around all the bookish people I follow on the web. It came highly recommended and it was a great summer read. The premise is the story of two different people during World War II in Europe. One is a German boy who ends up being “enlisted” by the Nazi’s and the other is a blind girl living in France. Their stories finally meet up towards the end. It’s an interesting book in that it’s one where the character stories flip back and forth every chapter – but some of the chapters are super short. While some people weren’t too fond of that – I kind of liked it. It was a different style of writing than I had read in a while. I couldn’t put the book down and the descriptions in the book were amazing and beautiful. But I have to admit I was a little bummed with the ending even though it was a very real ending to a book.

After that I picked up Rules of Civility. This one I wasn’t too sure about when I got started with it. It’s about New York in the 1930’s, which was fun to read. It was a mixed bag for me. There were parts of the story I really loved and parts that I thought were just silly. I feel like I should have been more deeply engaged with the transition of some characters. It is a great summer read for sure. It is good, easy writing – but not like brainless easy 🙂

Now I’m onto the last Harry Potter. No spoilers please!

The other three books I’m slowly trudging through are The Warmth of Other Suns (which is about the great migration of African Americans out of the south and into the north and west – it’s really eye opening), Extravagant Grace (which was highly recommended and borrowed by a great friend and I’m really loving it – as much as one can enjoy reading about the depravity of one’s soul) and Better Than Before (I love Gretchen Rubin). More on all those books when I’m actually done with them!

And this stack of books is waiting for me to figure out what to do with them…

you guessed it. We are homeschooling this year. Yikes!

What are you reading this summer?

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