Guys…I love this :). I love it for so many reasons. First, I love reading, and so I really love sharing the books I’ve recently read with you. And second, I’ve been reading books you ladies recommended because y’all give the BEST suggestions! I’m glad that I’m in this reading thing with you :).
Okay…I read five books in September. One was a chic lit book, one was about adoption, one was about being French chic and two were quite heavy (and yet really magnificent). Between the five, I just know you’ll find one or two you need to read next month. Here we go…
I started off the month reading Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale. Wow. This novel is about two sisters living in France during WWII and it’s intense, in-depth, serious, heart-wrenching, and lovely all in one book. As always, I don’t want to give anything away…but let me say, if you enjoy books that are of a more serious nature (not so much the chic lit), then this is for you. If you like historical books, then this is for you. Because it’s set right in the middle of WWII, this book is of course, tragic but hopeful at the same time. This one will stick with you after you read it. I actually cried at one point…and it takes a lot to get me to cry while reading a book ;).
I read Bringing Lucy Home by Jennifer Phillips next and honestly, had no idea what it was about. I knew it was a true story about adoption…but I did not know that it was about this mom’s struggle to bring her newly adopted daughter back to Australia right after their adoption (they lived in Australia but were American citizens). I loved this book. In fact…I cried at the end of this book too. What in the world is happening to me?!?! I’m growing soft! I cried because this is such a beautiful story about adoption and it so clearly explains how much we love these kids. Goodness! I don’t know Jennifer Phillips, but I would love to hug her neck. She fought hard for her daughter and it blesses to me to read about how much she loved this little girl from China. Just so sweet.
Amazon recommended this book to me based on other books that I’ve purchased. It’s called How to be Chic & Elegant: Tips from a French Woman and it was cute! The problem is that I read way too much of this type of book, so I have a lot to compare it to. It was cute and had some fun tips, easy to read, and not very long. It wasn’t my favorite French book…but I’m glad I read it.
I was reading a magazine back in August (maybe In Style or Good Housekeeping…I don’t remember???) and they suggested several chic lit books to read and one of them was All the Difference. This was my first Leah Ferguson book to read and I loved it! This is a sliding doors type of book…the main character has a major decision to make and each chapter goes back and forth as if she made one or the other. This was an easy read, and I really liked it!
And I ended my month with Anthony Doerr’s All The Light We Cannot See. Gripping is the only word I can think to describe this book. Again, this one is also set during WWII and it’s equally as tragic and heartwarming as my first book this month. Because the main character is blind, the descriptions and imagery are really outstanding. This book is heavy and sweet all in one. If you like more substance in your novels, then you’ll like this. It was very interesting to read both this book and The Nightingale in the same month. They’re both fiction but paint pictures of what was most likely a reality during that time in history. This is the kind of book that you’ll think about long after you finish the last page.
Don’t forget, you can find all of the books I’ve read so far in 2015 here and keep up with me on Goodreads here.
So, that’s September! What should I read next? I have a stack next to my bed, but I’m always up for interrupting my stack with one of your suggestions :).