Aaaaand we’re back with more book recommendations!
Today will be Different by Maria Semple
I gave this bad boy a 5/5. If you’ve ever read Where’d You Go Bernadette, you’ll have heard of it’s author, Maria Semple. I think she may be becoming one of my favorites of all time. Her writing is quirky and candid, while delving into familial relationships, mental health, and navigating life in general. Today Will be Different is a story about Eleanor Flood and her one day adventure where she goes on a mini-adventure to find out why in the world her husband secretly took a week off of work and also comes to terms with her relationship with her sister. This is definitely a dive into the crazy pool, but if you enjoy reading about quirky characters— this one’s for you. Also, great beach read.
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Victoria Schwab is a really very accomplished YA fantasy novelist so when I saw she had a new lil duology come out, I picked them up. These two books were fast-paced, fun, and a bit dark. This follows two main characters— August Flynn and Kate Harker. Both are heirs to parts of a city that is overrun with monsters. When their lives intertwine, chaos follows. Don’t want to divulge too much on this urban fantasy, but if you’re looking for something to get sucked into— this is your best bet! 4/5 stars!
All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
I am currently reading All the Birds in the Sky and I think this one might be a solid 3/5 stars, although who knows what will happen since I’m only halfway through the book. One scientist and one witch become friends in childhood and cross paths again later in life in San Fransisco. But they don’t know yet that something is pushing them together to either save the world, or destroy it. I’m not a huge fan of how it’s been written, but I clearly like it enough to keep going. I read the first 200 pages rather quickly, and then just haven’t picked it back up for a few days.
What are you reading lately? Anything I should pick up? I’ve been in a reading mood lately and am about to start In a Dark, Dark Wood after I finish All the Birds in the Sky!
One of the things I love most in this world is reading. Since 2012 I’ve had a Goodreads account where I keep track of what I’ve read and get inspiration for what to read next and y’all I have more than 2,000 friends on that thing. I thought I’d share with you three reads that I’ve been into — the last book I read, the one I’m currently reading, and the one I’m planning on reading next. Still following? Maybe I’ll make this a series.
THE LAST BOOK I READ
The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
The Versions of Us starts with a quintessential beginning. A boy and a girl meet. But three tiny different decisions change up their futures. The book follows three different paths that these decisions impacted, showing three different futures for Eva and Jim. It’s very Sliding Doors-esque. It was based in Europe which made me want to get the heck over there right now, and follows their lives as they take heartbreaking and heartwarming paths. It very much explores love and how it evolves as we grow and stumble through life. I’d give this a 7/10 I think.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
OKAY. I am blowing through this book and halfway done. You know it’s good when that’s happening. The Hate U Give follows Starr Carter after she witnesses her friend, Khalil, get shot by a police officer while he was unarmed. Starr struggles with telling the truth as she worries for the outcome of her own life and her families’. This book is unfortunately incredibly timely right now and is written so well that you can jump from sections about high school musical to sections on rioting and gangbanging and not blink an eye. So far I’m loving this & am hoping my eyes will continue to open as I read.
THE NEXT READ
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
Y’all probably don’t know this about me but I can’t really get enough of World War II fiction (or nonfiction). Such an interesting and scary time, especially now since nazis are apparently still around (disgusting). Anyways, The Women in the Castle is a novel about a woman who retires back to her late husband’s ancestor’s castle right after WW II. Marianne von Lingenfels’ husband was murdered after trying to sabotage Hitler and she plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband’s brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows. Does this not sound amazing? After reading (and loving) The Nightingale, I’m very very excited to get into this.
THOSE are my three most current reads. What are you reading? Recommendations are welcome in the comments below! 🙂
Incase y’all haven’t noticed, it’s already APRIL. How did this happen? I realized I haven’t done a book update post in a while and wanted to share some of my favorite spring books!
I’ve only read 8 books so far this year (2 behind according to my goodreads challenge), but am hoping to catch up soon! Next on my list is this one.
I mentioned that I was excited to read this novel back in this post. Saeed and Nadia fall in love during a civil war of sorts. Soon they hear rumors of magical doors that lead to other, faraway places. Taking a chance they step through a door and leave behind their war-torn country. With this decision comes a reality that while magical is also fraught with real human emotions- fear, love, selfishness, and hope. Exit West is such a great novel showing migrants how they really are- as real people. A MUST read this year!
My mom has been telling me to read The Nightingale for probably two years now and I finally got around to it. Glad I did because I really enjoyed it. The Nightingale follows two sisters during WW2 in France. Vianne and Isabelle are distinctly different and yet their parts played in the war follow a similar tune. If you’re into WW2 novels with strong female heroines then you’re going to want to pick this up.
I just finished this two nights ago and man I’m glad I picked it up based on the cover. This type of book is not one I’d normally read- I tend to shy away from darker themes when they’re on the back of a book (yet when I encounter them unknowingly I’m good with it). The Animators follows Sharon Kisses and her drawing partner Mel Vaught as they encounter success as animators up until Sharon suffers a stroke. This novel tests the bonds of friendship, childhood, and artistry so well. Something I normally wouldn’t be interested in, yet I was gripped and finished it within a few days. If you’re looking for something unique- read, read, read!
What are some of your favorite spring books? Share below!
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