Friday, May 31, 2019

May Reading List


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I've read this book before but it was a long time ago and I felt like it might be worth a revisit. It was. It's a book that can be skimmed and taken in chunks at a time, but it's a good reminder that we can spread our wings a bit, embrace new ideas about ourselves, and let go of the thoughts that hold us back. While it's written from a writer's perspective, it easily translates to any art form. I would recommend it, especially if you are feeling like you're in a creative rut.


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After hearing rave reviews about this book, I put it on hold at the library. I really enjoyed the style of writing and the charming story of the man who was put under 'house arrest' at a hotel and how he embraced his life there and found unexpected gifts in the people around him. It's also the story of the rise of communism and fear and threats that were ever present. I admired the courage of the characters and how they never gave up. I also enjoyed the period details and relationships. I was however, extremely confused by the ending. I must have missed something important. If you've read this book, please contact me so I can ask some questions. Most specifically, will he ever get to see Sophia again?


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This is a fun and quirky read that makes you fall in love with an unlikely character. His life is anything but ordinary and while he experiences some tragedies, he also experiences a lot of love and some wonderful good fortune. I loved every bit of this zany story and laughed out loud at parts. I needed a book like this after reading some 'heavy' books. It's a delightful change and would be perfect summer reading.


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This is a young adult book that takes place during the early days of western expansion about a boy who finds himself alone and in search of his beloved horse that has been taken from him. He finds a friend along the way and they run into quite a few adventures. It's a wonderful tale, told in the voice of a boy that has tremendous courage to face what life throws at him. I highly recommend this book.


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I listened to this book on CD from the library. It's an interesting story of a terrible library fire in Los Angeles and the events that led to it as well as the stories of the people who were there. I wish I had read this one as it might have been better on paper than on CD. I still found it very interesting and if you are a library lover, you really should read this!


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This book is told by the two characters in alternating chapters. I love books like this. His perspective verses her perspective. The main character is obviously on the autism spectrum. I'm always wary of books that to portray people with issues that are typically widely misunderstood (in my opinion.) I found that this book pulled me in from the first few pages and I stayed up way too late reading it. That too me is a sign of a good book! I would recommend this book.


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Another historical fiction found it's way into my reading list. I do love historical fiction, especially told from the female perspective. This book takes place during WWII and follows three women. They are all very different and much braver than they think they are. I like that the three voices make an unexpected trio. This is another book that I listened to on CD while driving. I found that I didn't want to turn the car off when I arrived at my destination, because I wanted to keep listening. I would recommend this book if you like historical fiction, especially stories based on real events and true stories.


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I've wanted to read this book since I first saw the cover. It's so beautiful! If I ever write a novel, I hope mine has a cover this gorgeous! The story swept me away with the first page. I couldn't stop reading and I wanted to know more about each of the characters. That's a sign that I'm going to love a book for sure! I'm still reading as of this post, so I can't give a complete opinion, but I am fairly certain this is going to be a 'highly recommend' from me.

What are you reading this summer? I would love to hear your suggestions in the comments or messages. Thanks so much!

Enjoy every book!

Diane



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4 comments:

  1. I’ve had The Far Field on hold at my library for a couple weeks, and it’s going to be some time before it’s my turn. I find we always have several similar books on our lists! I get a lot of my recommendations from The Washington Post (The Post Most weekly newsletter), my cousin and of course you! Are you here in Utah now doing your Handi-Quilter thing (and Shop Hop, LOL)?

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  2. I've read and like several of the books you mention here. I read the Gentleman in Moscow a while ago and now can't recall what happens. I think he just arranges to let her go and he stays.
    You could try googling it - I'm always surprised how many answers I find there. great book recommendations. thanks!

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  3. Wow, 8 books in one month! Impressive. I found Big Magic to be stimulating and helpful. The Library Book is on my list. Thanks for the other suggestions. I've got nothing to offer to you as my finishes were pretty mundane.
    Pat

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  4. Love your list! I've reserved several from the library.

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