Recent Book Reviews

Self-proclaimed book worm here.  I have to admit that 100% of my “reading” lately has been audiobooks..  Things have been very busy, but that does not give me an excuse to stop reading!

I don’t know what’s  been with me lately, but the books I have been reading haven’t been the happiest of topics, necessarily.  Anyway, here you go.. They’re all amazing.  I read a few books that weren’t necessarily amazing, so I didn’t include them on this list.

Happy Wednesday, friends!  Make it a great day!!

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Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly: Let’s start off strong.  I FLEW through this book because it’s amazing.  Uh-mazing. This tells the stories of some female Polish Holocaust victims who were experimented on by Nazi doctors.  Based on a true story, it is riveting and depressing to know what these amazing, strong women went through.

Boys in a Boat by Daniel James Brown: Sticking with the World War II theme, Boys in a Boat is an absolute masterpiece.  Brown interviewed the members of the 1936 Berlin Olympics who miraculously defeated Hitler’s Germany in the rowing competition.  It’s a story of resilience and triumph.. I can’t recommend this book enough.

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool: This young adult’s lit is such a cute story about a young girl who gets sent away to her father’s childhood hometown for the summer.  There she learns secrets of the town’s past and goes on many adventures.  A great story for any age, the writing style and little pieces of humor make for an entertaining read.

The Phenomenon by Rick Ankiel: Did you know that pitchers can just randomly forget how to pitch?  Yeah, I didn’t either.  There’s no explanation for it, but Rick Ankiel, a promising young pitcher from the St. Louis Cardinals, knows firsthand that it’s true.  This memoir is heart-breaking yet riveting.

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin: I LOVE Gretchen Rubin. Her books and insights are so helpful for anyone looking to understand the way they tick better.  I also find her theories on how people form and keep habits very true and interesting.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry: Another great young adult read.. It’s a oldie, but soooo good.  Number the Stars is historical fiction about some young girls living in Nazi-occupied Denmark.

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