The Nightingale by @kristinhannahauthor was my first book this trip and though The Great Alone is still my favourite of her books so far, I still liked this one too. The flow of the writing is so beautiful and makes it easy to get into the book from the very beginning. This is the story of two French sisters who are faced with their own set of challenges when the Nazis invade their land during World War II. I didn't find it as suspenseful throughout the entire novel as I did with The Great Alone, but I did find the ending payoff to be more satisfying and realistic. Between this read and my last one, I have really fallen in love with historical fiction. It makes it so much more exciting to me to learn about true events through fictional characters and plot lines. Have you read any of Kristin Hannah's books? Which are your favourite? I can't believe she's written over twenty novels and I've only just discovered her books this year!
Another great girly beach read recommendation I've been wanting to share is TELL ME LIES by @carolatlovering. What blew me away about this book was how relatable and revelatory it was when it comes to dating someone that is utterly and completely wrong for you. If you've ever wanted to get inside the mind of a guy that is just a total asshole, then you have to read this book. In a weird way, reading it made me feel like I was getting closure for things that have happened in my own love life. Even though the story revolves around a relationship, I definitely would not classify it as a typical romance novel. Told from both Lucy and Stephen's perspectives, you get insight into both sides of the relationship, which was my favourite part about this book (on top of all the Fleetwood Mac references!) I cannot wait to read what Carola puts out next!
So yesterday I finished my first @24in48 and I am so happy that I set aside the time to read so much over the course of a weekend. I read three and a half books over 24 hours and my favourite is the one I'm still finishing, which is NEXT YEAR IN HAVANA by @chanelcleeton. Even though I still have another hundred pages to go, I am so in love with the story that I am confident recommending it already. If you are looking for a book that will make you feel like you're on a vacation, this is the book for you. I put on the corresponding Spotify playlist while I was reading it yesterday and instantly felt like I had been transported off my couch to Havana, Cuba. I'm not a huge history buff, but I love books that give me a bit of a history lesson wrapped in with a love story and intriguing plot. This book tells the story of a woman who travels to Havana following the death of her beloved grandmother, where she is introduced to her Cuban identity and hidden family secrets. Thank you so much to @berkleypub for gifting me with this month's @reesesbookclubxhellosunshine pick. This has easily been my favourite Reese's Book Club pick this year and I'm not even finished it yet!
There are a few authors who I know will never disappoint me when I pick up one of their books. @emilygiffinauthor is one of those people. Her writing is so easy to read, and always focuses on everyday relationship troubles that we can all relate to. In her latest novel, ALL WE EVER WANTED, she touches on issues in our society concerning class and race when two different families from very different words find themselves in the middle of a scandal. This aspect of the novel was very similar to Little Fires Everywhere, which I also loved. This is another great summer read that I would highly recommend. I loved the characters and different perspectives as well as the twists and turns throughout the story. Best of all: Emily is going to be in town this week for a Q and A on this book. You can bet I'll be there front and centre ready to hear what she has to say about the story!
We are in for a ton of that smouldering Toronto heat this weekend which means: it's beach time! If you're looking for the perfect book to accompany you, WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LULULEMONS by @laurenweisberger is a fun, light read that you can easily finish over a couple days of relaxation. Emily Charlton, former assistant to Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, returns to print as an image consultant to the stars. When Emily starts to lose clients to the hottest, new consultant, she goes to stay with an old friend in the suburbs. Finding new friends and a new client in the most unlikely of places, Emily learns that over-the-top people and problems exist beyond life in the big city.
🌺It feels so crazy posting two rave reviews back to back, but THE LOST FLOWERS OF ALICE HART by @hollygoeslightly took me on such a beautiful, magical journey that it has easily joined the ranks of my favourite 2018 reads. It took me around the first 50-60 pages until I really got into it, but once I hit that breaking point I knew I was in possession of something really special. • I first heard about this book through @nicolerichie's feature on the @belletrist page, and just had a feeling that it was going to be well worth those international shipping fees (it doesn't get released in Canada until later this year.) The story follows nine-year-old Alice Hart, who following a life-changing tragedy, is taken in by a grandmother she never knew she had. Set on an Australian native flower farm, Alice is taught the secret language flowers which become her way of expressing the words that are too hard to speak. Set over a span of 20 years, this story is full of secrets and heartbreak, tied together with finding inner strength and making peace with the past. I would most definitely recommend it to all lovers of contemporary fiction, and also think it would make a great book club read too!🌺
So far this year there have only been a couple books that have resonated with me to the point that I want to recommend them to everyone I know. In terms of just liking a book, I'm not the harshest critic, but when it comes to loving a book I am a lot harder to please. When I read THE GREAT ALONE by @kristinhannahauthor, I knew from the first chapter that it was going to be a book I couldn't put down. Despite the fact that I was able to predict many of the main events in the book, the story still captivated me from start to finish. The book takes place in 1974 and is about thirteen-year-old Leni, whose father, a POW from the Vietnam War decides to move his family to Alaska. Leni finds herself caught in the middle of her parents and their toxic relationship. What seems like a promising fresh start begins to fade as winter approaches and the mental state of Leni's father begins to deteriorate. As her father tries to teach Leni about how dangerous the outside world is, Leni comes to realize that the real danger is in her own home. This book is so beautiful and whether you are a big reader or not, I would highly recommend you move it to the top of your reading lists. I can't stop raving about it! • #bookstagram #booksofig #readersofig #willtravelforbooks #babeswithbooks #bookclubpicks #bookclubs #booksofinstagram #onmyshelf #mybookshelf #bookworm #bookclubsofig #goodreads #bookofthemonth #bookbloggers #bibliophile #currentlyreading #bookporn #bookstagrammer #ilovereading #kristinhannah #thegreatalone #contemporaryfiction #myalaska
Finally starting WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LULULEMONS by @laurenweisberger. I have been super excited for this book, as it is a spin off to The Devil Wears Prada. This story follows Emily Charlton's character and her move to the suburban town of Greenwich, Connecticut, where she is working as an image consultant to the stars. Have any of you read it yet?? • #bookstagram #booksofig #readersofig #willtravelforbooks #babeswithbooks #bookclubpicks #bookclubs #booksofinstagram #onmyshelf #mybookshelf #bookworm #bookclubsofig #goodreads #bookofthemonth #bookbloggers #bibliophile #currentlyreading #bookporn #bookstagrammer #ilovereading #bookish #whenlifegivesyoulululemons #laurenweisberger #thedevilwearsprada #chicklit #womensfiction
I am by no means a history buff, nor am I typically drawn to war stories. Despite those facts, I still really enjoyed @paula_mclain's latest novel, LOVE AND RUIN. After winning me over with The Paris Wife years ago, I knew if there was one person who wrote historical fiction I could sink my teeth into, it would be Paula McLain. In this story, McLain writes about Martha Gellhorn, who was one of the most celebrated war correspondents of all time. Though many would know her as one of Ernest Hemingway's ex-wives, this story showcases how incredible she was in her own right. What I loved most about this story was learning about Gellhorn, a women with true grit and ambition. She covered almost every major conflict for a sixty year period, while also managing to publish five novels and fourteen novellas. She is a timeless role model, and somebody that all writers can look up to. • I was so fortunate to get invited by @chaptersindigo to an intimate Q and A with Paula McLain on Tuesday. After hearing McLain speak so passionately about Gellhorn, I feel like Gellhorn herself couldn't have picked a better writer to tell her story. This experience made the story come to life even more for me, and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet such an accomplished author.
I randomly came across YOU ALL GROW UP AND LEAVE ME by @piperweiss while I was on holiday and was instantly drawn in after skimming over the synopsis. With a combination of both crime and coming of age, this memoir is right up my alley. It recalls the true story of Gary Wilensky, a private tennis instructor turned sexual predator, from the perspective of one of his mentees. Though it's disturbing to hear about the way a child predator managed to charm his way into the life of young girls, I've always been drawn to tales of psychological crime. After I posted this book on my story a few days ago, it attracted a lot of interest, so I will be sure to post a review on it once I finish it! What are some of your favourite non-fiction thrillers?