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At the beginning of the year, I joined forces with my little sister to pull together a book list of our favorite reads from last year. I really enjoyed revisiting my favorite books over the year and getting to collaborate with my sister who lives across the country from me. While this isn’t really a book blog, you can look forward to different book lists in the future and hopefully some future collaboration with Rachel.
I’ve always been a big reader, but the hustle and bustle of adult life and the ease of instant TV whenever I wanted it definitely started slowing down my will to pick up a new book. Usually I don’t set a list of what exactly I want to get read by when, because really who wants all of that pressure, but this summer I decided that it was important to find some new books, unplug, and get back into reading.
With the summer already halfway done, this list is a combination of books I’ve read already and what I’ve still got on my to-read list.
The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman
Earlier this year I finally read a book that’s been on my to-read list for years, Water for Elephants. I enjoyed it very much and it gave me a kick for depression era circus books.
In comes The Life She Was Given. This one was unique and gripping. I flew through it.
Set in both the 1930s and 1950s, this book follows two girls who once lived in the Blackwood Manor.
The Life She was Given set me back into a reading groove and has probably been my favorite book that I’ve read so far this year.
Crazy Rich Asians series by Kevin Kwan
Usually I am the type to read books before seeing their movies, but in the more recent years I find I’m grabbing books after I enjoy the movies a little more often than I ever did before.
I was delighted at how much I enjoyed seeing Crazy Rich Asians when it came out last year. After reading several book reviews saying this book is hard to follow and involves too many characters to keep track of I thought maybe I would just stick to the movies. But I was still curious. I’m not sure what the final push was for me, but I decided to try to read it myself.
I’ve only read the first one so far, but I actually enjoyed it. I think seeing the movie first was an advantage to keeping track of all of the family and characters because I already kind of knew who the most important players were and could follow along from there.
The book I found to actually have a slightly different story line than the movie near the end, which made it all the more interesting.
I’ve picked up books 2 and 3 and will be reading through them next- this time before the movies woohoo!
This series has added Singapore to travel wishlist. The way he describes it and the food AH! Don’t fuel my wanderlust!
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Set in 1950s New Orleans, Out of the Easy centers on a young girl, the daughter of a prostitute, trying all that she can to make a better life for herself only to get pulled back at every turn by her station in life.
Just finished this one while waiting for my copy of China Rich Girlfriend to come in the mail. I was initially pulled to this book because of the partial brothel setting as well as the time it is set in. This book didn’t disappoint.
And maybe my wanderlust was already too strong, but reading this made me want to take a trip down to New Orleans.
I’m interested in adding more by Ruta Sepetys to my to-read shelf.
Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris
The cover alone pulled me to this one. This depression era historical fiction book sounds like it will be heartbreaking and I’m looking forward to reading it.
The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes
I’ve seen a lot of JoJo Moyes since my taste in books has shifted from YA to the adult fiction category, but I have yet to read anything by her. This one involves two time periods, one being a WWI romance. I’m excited to see what all the hype for this author is about.