i grew up loving to read.
my sister used to complain that i never played with her because i was always reading.
and it was true! i went through books like crazy. there were a couple series that i was addicted to.
i loved the babysitters club, the boxcar children, american girl (kirsten & felicity were my favorites!), and sweet valley kids/twins/high. oh, and of course i love the harry potter books!
i read a lot during high school too, but that dropped off a bit in college and grad school and books were replaced by textbooks & journal articles.
but, i just made a couple trips to our local library and am rediscovering my love for reading! (not that i ever stopped loving reading, i just didn’t make the time to do it…) i checked out a couple books that i thought i’d share!
the soldier’s wife
i loved this book!
i could not put it down and ended up staying up late to finish it. it’s a story about a mother and her two daughters who live on a small english island that is occupied by the germans during wwii. i’ve read plenty of historical fiction novels set during wwii, but i’ve never read one that wasn’t set in germany. i think the author did a great job portraying how so many people all over the world were impacted by wwii.
this book took me a while to get into.
it’s another historical fiction story about a young newlywed couple and their struggles in the beginning of their marriage. seriously, just about everything that could go wrong does, but you really end up cheering for them to pull though.
i “read” this book on audio book during my commute to & from the lab!
as soon as i heard that tina fey did the reading for the audiobook, i knew i had to listen to this one! i ended up laughing out loud by myself in my car more times than i’d like to admit. i’m sure i looked like a crazy lady to any other drivers around me!
i really liked this as a “light” listen. it was easy to stop and pick up again. i listened to it in 20-minute driving intervals, so some books probably wouldn’t work for me to listen to, but this one did.
yeah, i think i’m the only person in the world who hasn’t read/seen the movie yet, but i’m listening to the book right now and i love it! i find myself just wanting to listen to it even when i’m not driving.
i haven’t finished it yet, but i’m already sucked in (i’m on chapter 7). i can’t wait to hear what happens next!
a couple books on my list to read next are:
- water for elephants (yep, haven’t read it yet…)
- american wife
- the immortal life of henrietta lacks (this was uw’s “go big read” book recently, so i don’t know how i didn’t read it!)
also, one of my 101 in 1001 goals is to read 26 books when i’m 26. since my birthday is in 79 days, i should start building my list of books for that!
what other books should i add to my list?
i love historical fiction, but i am open to other genres!