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

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

Summer Reading List – 2015

One of my favorite parts of summer is how life slows down a bit. We let go of the frantic mornings trying to get everyone out the door on time and in one piece (and not forget anyone’s water bottle like I did yesterday.) The list of obligations is a little shorter, and the long days of sunshine give the illusion of actually having more time. I love to create a summer reading list of books from my to-be-read pile.

Are you looking for some good books to throw in your beach bag this summer? Check out these titles I'm picking up this summer.

I’m excited to jump into some fiction since I’ve been reading mostly nonfiction for the past several months. I’ll circle back at the end of the summer and share my reviews. If you’re looking for some good suggestions, check out this post for some great options. A couple other spots where I always find a lot of great recommendations are my friend Kelsey’s blog The Unbook Club and Modern Mrs. Darcy. read more