What I’m Reading: September 2017 Book Recommendations

You know that saying “The days are long, but the years are short?” That sums up my summer. The individual days dragged on at times, but the months flew by. All of a sudden, the kids are back in school. Since my last book post was in June, I have a slew of good book recommendations to share today. It always feels like I read more fiction during the summer, and this year was no exception.

Here are some of my recent fiction book recommendations, whether you're looking for tense thrillers or novels that sweep you away.

What I’ve Been Reading

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This novel set in WWII Europe has been on my TBR list for umm… years. I actually checked it out from the library a few times and simply didn’t get into it. Finally I got over the hump and then I was hooked. Marie Laure is a teenage blind girl in German-occupied France. Werner is an orphaned German boy whose gift for engineering takes him to a prestigious school that trains Nazi soldiers. The story is unique and opened my eyes to elements of WWII that I had never really considered. The writing is beautiful, and the story is compelling. I highly recommend it. read more

What I’m Reading: February 2017 Book Recommendations

In January I started some books, which I shared here, and while I’m enjoying them, I was craving some fast-moving fiction. Sometimes tearing through a couple great narratives helps renew my desire to read in general. It gets me back in the habit of reading regularly and ignites that interest in discovering a good story. Here’s what I’ve been reading and what’s on my nightstand.

Are you looking for a great book? Here's a list of what I've been reading and what's on my nightstand.

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

My sister lent me Eligible at Christmas, and once I started reading it last week, it took me all of a few days to finish. Admittedly I was a little turned off by this “modern retelling of Pride & Prejudice” at first. I didn’t expect the parallels to Jane Austen’s classic to be so strong, but once I got invested in the modern versions of the characters, I started to really enjoy the story. Sittenfeld manages to stay true to the original plot, while adding in contemporary issues to give it a new feel. Even though I knew the outcome of Pride & Prejudice, I was still anxious to find out how the story would end. Eligible is a fun, quick read that would be a perfect vacation read. read more

What I’m Reading: January 2017 Book Recommendations

With all the festivity of the holidays and a lot of hosting at our house, I didn’t have much time for reading in the month of December. Now that we’re settling back into our normal routine, I’ve been catching up on some good books. If you didn’t see last week’s post where I shared my selections for the 2017 Reading Challenge, be sure to check it out here.

Are you looking for a good book recommendation? Here's what I'm reading this month.

One of my reasons for taking part in the Reading Challenge is motivation. As much as I love to get lost in a great story, it can be easy to get out of the habit of reading. There are so many demands on my time during the day, and some nights I can barely keep my eyes open long enough to get through a few pages. Plus let’s be honest, sometimes at the end of a long day, Netflix wins the battle for my attention. Having a list of books that I hope to read by the end of the year will hopefully keep me motivated to make time for reading. read more

What I’m Reading: March 2016 Book Recommendations

Spring has officially arrived in my neck of the woods, and it has been unusually rainy so far. Since we don’t get a ton of rain, I actually enjoy these gray days. They’re perfect for the family to snuggle up on the couch for a movie or for those rare occasions when I have time to myself to catch up on some reading. I have some great book recommendations for you today!

What I'm Reading

What I’m reading Now

The Lake House by Kate Morton

I received Kate Morton’s most recent novel for Christmas and couldn’t wait to tear into it. In her usual style, Morton bounces between the past and the present as she delves into the mysterious 1930s disappearance of a toddler in the English countryside. While the story is suspenseful and intriguing, I admit that this wasn’t my favorite of Kate Morton’s novels. There are plenty of twists along the way that kept me guessing, but the ending wraps up just a little too neatly and felt a bit contrived. Overall, I would still recommend The Lake House because it’s a good story. I really enjoy Morton’s style of jumping between different time periods to give the reader clues to the puzzle. read more

Summer Fiction Review

In June I shared a list of books I hoped to read during the summer. Our school runs on a slightly different schedule with an 8 week summer break so this list is still in progress. I’ve read two of the books from the list, as well as some other fantastic fiction. During summer, I gravitate to breezy fiction and suspenseful page turners. Here are five great choices to toss in your beach bag.

Summer is the perfect time for fast paced fiction. Check out five selections to toss in your beach bag today.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

I started this one right after I shared my summer reading list. It took me about three days to finish! I’ve heard it called this year’s Gone Girl, but I admit I liked Gone Girl better. (Side note: The Girl on the Train is also going to be a movie in 2016.) The principal character, Rachel, has a lot of issues and although she is somewhat redeemed by the end, her story is troubling. I think that the overall plot is original and certainly full of uncertainty to keep the reader guessing. read more