I’m currently reading Fates and Furies (great!) and next up is Eight Hundred Grapes is after that. What else should I add to my list?
I’ve been devouring books lately. A lot of work-related things have been weighing on me (ugh) and I find that reaching for a book at night is the best way to clear my head before falling asleep. No screens, just as many pages as I need. Some nights I get through ten pages and other nights it takes chapters and chapters to get my brain to calm down enough. (And sometimes I simply cannot put the book down!)
Don’t forget you can check in with my Goodreads account to see what I’m reading and what I want to read. (If you’re a reader and haven’t downloaded the app yet, you definitely should. It’s one of my favorites!)
Every Last Word | This book was a complete impulse buy at Target. I was looking for another book and while I couldn’t find it, it felt wrong to walk out without a book. (This is an overall problem I seem to have with Target… anyone else?) Anyway, I picked up Every Last Word without knowing much about it. It’s definitely a young adult/teen novel but I secretly like to read those every now and then! This book is about a high schooler who doesn’t seem to fit in with her friend group anymore while also struggling with a personal secret and ends up finding an underground poetry club. There are moments that are kind of cheesy, but if you’re looking for a relatively easy young adult book with a good story, pick it up!
The Orphan Train | Everyone has been recommending this since it came out and I finally bought it! The only thought I had…. WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG? This is an incredible story about a young girl who finds herself on an orphan train (real thing!) after a tragedy strikes her family. The book also parallels her story with that of a modern day teenager in the foster system. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.
I think I was also hooked on the book because my Grandma Betsy had a similar childhood. She was given up for adoption as were her older twin sisters during the Great Depression. I immediately called my mom and made her read it too. We both loved it. I almost read it too fast because I pretty much couldn’t put it down.
All the Light We Cannot See | This book. Oh…. this book. This also falls into the “why didn’t I listen to people sooner” category. It is a WWII story like you’ve never read before. The characters, the story. The descriptions. Definitely my favorite read of the year!!! I’m not even going to try to say anything about it because it won’t do it justice… just trust me and read it!