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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book review: the house of tides

51v28ZDa0+L._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_  I have been on a book funk lately. I’ve picked up two books that helped me create a new bookshelf on goodreads called “abandoned”. Both books I tried to get through and I just couldn’t.

I went to the library this past weekend armed with a list of books to find and oddly this one was the one I just happened to snag from the new books section. It is the first book that I’ve read in a long while that pretty much kept me from wanting to do anything but read. It’s kept me up the last two nights too late and kept me on the couch in the afternoons trying to finish it (even with the kids home on school break!)

It’s the story of the Tide family and this one event that staggers them all. Ultimately what I loved about this book is that it seemed real. In their responses to the thing that happened, to the honesty in Helen’s frustration with her life and the realization of what a great family they really did – do have.

I didn’t feel like any of it was far-fetched or thrown in there just because it’s a book and you can do anything in a book. But in the end I love that it was a good ending. As much as I wanted nothing more than to get to the end of it, I wasn’t sad to let the characters go after I did get to the end. I was happy for them and felt satisfied in the resolution and development of their characters that had transpired.

It was a fantastic read and I would highly recommend it! Superbly written and honestly Richell kept me going for almost the whole book with her plot twists. Well done Ms. Richell!

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