Sunday, March 1, 2020

February Reading List

I know by the time February rolls around that most people are ready to see winter come to an end, but I always look at it is the last month of the ‘real’ winter season {aka the last month were there’s a decent chance for snow}. February ended up being the perfect month to catch up on reading; between the snow flurries, rain, and even cold sunny days just made you want to put on a chunky sweater, curl up by the fire, and read a good book. 

If you read my January Reading List than you already know that reading more is one of my New Year’s Goals for 2020. I am at a grand total of 5 books so far for the year and trying to decide if I should read Lovely War, by Julia Berry or Where The Crawldads Sing, by Delia Owens – suggestions? Last year there was so much going on I only had time to read like three books {sad, I know} so I am definitely pleased with the amount of books I have read so far this year. 
One morning Grace Healey finds herself being forced to take a detour through Grand Central Terminal - where she stumbles upon an abandoned suitcase. When Grace opens the suitcase to find a dozen or so pictures all of young women. She quickly leaves the station with the photos in hand. A little while late she is confused as to why she felt so compelled to take the photos with her, going so far as to try to track down a proper way to return the photographs to their proper owner. 

Grace learns that photos belonged to Eleanor Trigg, who unfortunately passed away earlier in the day. Trigg was the leader of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during WWII to act as spies and aid in the resistance. With the help of an old friend Grace sets off on a quest to find out about the women in the photos, what they did during the war, and what happened became of them. 

The Lost Girls of Paris is so beautifully written and highlights the important rolls that women played during WWII. If you are a fan of historical fiction this book is definitely a must-read. 

I have heard so much about this book and have seen countless pictures on Instagram of its beautiful cover that I just couldn’t help, but order a copy. Let me just start out by saying that this is an amazingly well written debut novel.

In her first week at Hawthorne College, Malin finds herself as part of a tight-knit circle of friends, that she will stay with through her time at Hawthorne. Malin’s main college goals are to make friends, get good grades so she can get into Harvard Law, and to keep her past and what happened to her brother hidden.

In a sense Malin fakes her way through the social scene of collage, faking interest in such things like dating and partying for the sake of fitting in and looking like everyone else {or as she puts it, pretending to be ‘normal’}. By the time Senior Day rolls around Malin’s secrets, as well as the secrets of her friend’s are revealed. 

The last sixty pages of this book will have you filled with anxiety and anticipation as the many layers of Malin are revealed and the final bit of the story unfolds. 

Until I ordered this book I had zero clue that the New York Times had a column entitled ‘Modern Love’. This book is a collection of all the best/most unforgettable essays that have been sent in since 2004. 

I love the way the book is organized and you can even just skip around and read columns from the different sections of the book. Some are about unrequited love, breakups, short-lived relationships, unconventional stories and everything in between. 

What Are Your Book Suggestions?

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