The Downton finale was SOOOO good. I love, love, love happy endings (even if they are totally predictable). I am sad that we will no longer be privy to the lives of those characters because I cannot think that they are really “gone.” This happens when I read a great book too. Great characters stick around and I would love to peek in from time to time to see where life takes them. Sigh… I guess that’s why I love sequels too.
I know that many of you are readers too after the comments I received from my first blog post about popping tags at Sal Val when I referenced The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I thought you might like to know what I’ve read recently and what I hope to read as soon as I can ignore my family and get lost in a book. Maybe you will find something too that takes you away. After all, now that Downton’s over, we will have to find something to fill the void.
I still remember watching Oprah introduce her 4th book club pick: She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb. She said that she had never read a book by a man that seemed like it was written by a woman. I think that sentiment is true of Lamb’s latest book, We Are Water. The main character is a woman and Lamb’s voice rings true. A friend and colleague recommended this one and I loved it! Talk about getting lost and ignoring my family — I was totally absorbed in the plot and in the characters.
Oh how I loved this book! I bought it last summer, but after reading multiple Kristin Hannah books in a row, I decided to take a break. That was a mistake! This book is a must buy. I’ve read several novels set in Europe during WWII (another favorite — Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay) but never one that highlighted the accomplishments of WOMEN during the war. Not only did they manage households with little or no food, but women aided the Allies in many ways I did not know before. I’m reading The Book Thief with my 9th graders and reading about Occupied France during WWII was a great accompaniment to that text too.
Wall Street. Investment banking. Mortgage crisis scandal. At first none of these topics may seem too appealing but when you throw in the fact that the author worked as a managing director at an investment bank and didn’t sign a confidentiality clause when she left the company, makes this piece of fiction seem more like a slice of reality. Reese Witherspoon is making this novel into a movie and starring as the lead “Belle” (cute name, uh?). Sexism was rapant during this time on Wall Street which was eye-opening for me since I rarely deal with that at the work place. The working mom struggles were relatable too although my job has much, much better hours (but no couture!) Since The Boss is a financial planner, maybe I can trick him into reading this. Or, maybe I should just wait for the movie to come out?
I have been reading some negative press recently about the influx of books with the word “Girls” in their titles hoping to profit from the success of the wildly popular book and movie Gone Girl. Not sure if it was that comparison that suckered me into reading this book or the recommendation of a close friend, but it was dark and disturbing like Gone Girl. (Not so much that I didn’t stop reading it though!) The plot was totally unrealistic but all the twists and turns kept me wanting to read more.
This book I haven’t read yet but will hopefully be able to dive in soon. For the Love is not the typical book I chose to read but after watching Jen Hatmaker on the HGTV show “My Big Family Renovation” and following her Instagram account, I am really excited to fire it up on my Kindle. I could surely use some lessons on grace, especially during this time of year. I promise to update you after I’m done with this one. I have high hopes!
What are you reading? And if you’ve read any of the books above, what did you think? I’d love to hear from you!
Thanks for reading — have a fabulous day!