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One of my goals for 2019 was to read more and I ended up setting a goal of reading a total of 12 books throughout the year (one book per month). I ended the year reading 19 books and loved just about every one of them! Below, I’m sharing each of the books I read, a quick synopsis of each, and my ratings.
From her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her time as First Lady, Michelle Obama’s memoir is honest, witty, and personal. A deep reckoning of a woman of soul and substance, defying all expectations and inspiring us to do the same.
The Women in the Window
Anna Fox lives alone in her New York City home, spending her days drinking wine, watching movies, and watching the family across the way. One night she sees something she shouldn’t and her world starts crumbling around her. Was it real? Who is in danger? Who has control?
A New York socialite, Polish teenager, a young German doctor are set on a collision course when Hitler’s army invades Poland and Kaisa is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents and strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.
In 1914, the world is on the brink of war and the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka intersect. When Austria declares war on Serbia and Russia, the three women find ways to stay safe and help others. The powerful tale celebrates the unbreakable bond of women’s friendship, even in the darkest of times.
The Time Keeper
The inventor of the world’s first clock is punished for trying to measure God’s greatest gift. After being banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of those seeking more time, he is finally granted his freedom with an hourglass and mission: he must redeem himself by showing two earthly people the true meaning of time.
Irena Sendler, a young social worker, is granted access to the Warsaw ghetto as a public health specialist and while she is there, she understands the true fate that awaits the Jewish families. With the help of local residents, she is able to smuggle thousands of children past the Nazis and out of the ghetto in coffins, under overcoats, and through secret passages.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Bernadette Fox is a mother, a wife, and a revolutionary architect. And then, she vanishes prior to a family trip to Antarctica. To help find her mother, Bee compiles emails, official documents, and secret correspondence that creates a touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in the world.
Jo and Bethie Kaufman grew up in 1950s Detroit, where their roles in the family are clearly defined but the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined – Neither of them living a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the woman to stake a claim on happily ever after?
Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
This book is not about the politics of immigration, it’s about homelessness, and not in the traditional sense. It’s about the unsettled, unmoored psychological state that undocumented citizens find themselves in. It’s about lying and being forced to lie, it’s about families, it’s about not having a home.
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
Eleanor Oliphant struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say what she thinks. Her weekends are filled with frozen pizza, vodka, and phone calls with Mummy, and everything changes when she meets Raymond. It’s Raymond’s hear that helps her repair her own profoundly damaged one.
In Indiana, we meet Lina. In North Dakota, we meet Maggie. In the Northeast, we meet Sloane. After years of intimate conversations, Lisa Taddeo shares the stories of these three strong, unforgettable women, reminding us we are not alone.
Jaclyn Johnson, the founder and CEO of Create & Cultivate, shares the story of her career and starting the fastest growing online platform. With hard work, determination, and heartbreak, Jaclyn is showing how you can redefine your career, just as she did.
Little Fires Everywhere
In Shaker Heights, everything is planned out from the layout of the roads to the colors of the homes, to the successful lives the residents will live. Elena Richardson embodies this spirit to a T. Enter Mia Warren, a bubbly, artistic single mother and her daughter, Pearl. With a mysterious past and disregard for a status quo, Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood.
Connell is popular and well-liked, Marianne is a loner and after the two strike up a conversation, something life-changing happens. A year later, when they are both attending Trinity College, their roles reverse but always are magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. As Marianne veers into self-destruction and Connell begins to search for meaning elsewhere, the must confront how far they are willing to go to save one another.
Little Black Book
The modern career guide every women needs, whether you’re just starting out or have years of experience. Filled with everything from fresh ideas to practical advice, Little Black Book takes you through everything you need to build a successful self-made career.
One night when Adrienne was fourteen, her mother Malabar woke her up in the middle of the night and said five words that would change their lives: Ben Souther just kissed me. Adrienne instantly becomes her mother’s confidant for her affair, impacting her life in profound ways.
Tell Me Everything
In her first few weeks of college, Malin is swept into a tight-knit circle that will stick together for the four years to come. My senior year, Malin’s secrets, and those of her friends, are revealed. As she scrambles to maintain her image, her missteps set in motion a devastating chain of events that end in a murder, Malin must test the limits of what she’s capable of to stop the truth from coming out.
Bringing Down the Duke
England, 1879. The brilliant but destitute daughter of a country victor is among one of the first females at the University of Oxford. In return for her scholarship, she must support the rising women’s suffrage movement and recruit men of influence to champion her cause. Her target: Sebastian Devereux, Duke of Montgomery. With a passion of her own, Annabelle must learn what it takes to topple the duke…
Get a Life, Chloe Brown
Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. She’s come up with several directives to help her “get a life” but it’s not easy being bad and what she needs is a teacher to help her and she knows just the man for the job. Redford “Red” Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and sex appeal and he is recruited by Chloe to help her rebel.
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