What I’ve Been Reading

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Back in January, I shared my 2019 goals and one of them was to read 12 books. That’s one book per month, throughout the entire year. Although I do hope I read more than 12, sometimes life gets busy and I drive to work instead of taking the train and lose valuable reading time. So far I’ve read 6 and am halfway (ish) through with my seventh. Not too bad if I do say so myself! With moving to a new apartment right around the corner (more details next week!), I am setting a goal to finish all of the books in my possession before I move and I’m not allowed to buy any new books until I finish them. I think there’s seven???? PRAY FOR ME.

The Books I’ve Been Reading


 

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The Time Keeper

Mitch Albom is one of my favorite authors, with each of his books sharing a heart felt story that make you think about your effect on the lives around you. In this book, Mitch shares a story about a newlywed couple and how as humans, we focus too much on time rather than living.

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The Woman in the Window

An agoraphobic woman has a (bad) habit of keeping tabs on her neighbors, she discovers secrets and lies about their seemingly perfect family. Before long, she’s wrapped in the middle fighting for her life. I promise you won’t be able to put this book down.

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Becoming

All Hail Queen Michelle 👑 But in all seriousness, I loved learning more about Michelle, her childhood, and how the iconic Obama family came to be.

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Lilac Girls

A story of three women from different parts of the world, you’ll turn through each page learning more about them and how Hitler’s reign affected them as a group and individually. The story is truly amazing and I could not put the book down to save my life.

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Irena’s Children

To be honest, I started reading this book a while ago and only got ~ 5 pages in before putting it away. Once I finished Lilac Girls, I figured I’d give it another try and boy oh boy, was it good. Irena first helps families during Hitler’s reign get food and money but before long, she’s helping children (and even families!) escape the ghetto’s in Warsaw. In the end, her team saved over 2,500 children and this is their story.

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Lost Roses

Martha Hall Kelly’s newest novel, Lost Roses, takes place just one generation prior to Lilac Girls. You’ve already met real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday, and in this book, you’re introduced to her mother, Eliza. The story follows three women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of WWI.

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What I’m Reading


 

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette

I am SO excited to finally be reading this book! It’s been on my list for a while and have heard so many great things. I’m currently about 50 pages in and am already loving it. Revolving around Bernadette, an agoraphobic architect and mother, who goes missing before their family trip to Antarctica. The best part? It’s narrated by the 15-year-old daughter!

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On My Reading List


** There are a few books on my reading list that revolve around politics and although this tends to be an area of argument, I am reading these books to simply hear these individuals stories, point of view, etc. **

 

What books must I add to my reading list ASAP?

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31 Comments

  1. 6.20.19
    Anna English said:

    Okay, Where’d You Go, Bernadette sounds like a good read! I totally want to read this.

    • 7.5.19
      Rachel said:

      I just finished it and it was SO good!

  2. 6.20.19
    Lizzie said:

    Oooo these all sound amazing! I have been looking for some new books!

    Lizzie
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

    • 7.5.19
      Rachel said:

      Can’t wait to hear what you think of them!

  3. 6.20.19
    Rach said:

    I read Lilac Girls and Where’d You Go Bernadette. Sounds like I need to read Lost Roses!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    • 7.5.19
      Rachel said:

      Lost Roses is AMAZING! Let me know what you think of it!

  4. 6.20.19

    The Woman In The Window sounds right up my ally. I am checking this book out!

    xoxo Sarah

    • 7.5.19
      Rachel said:

      Let me know what you think of it!

  5. 6.20.19

    Lost Roses is on my list to read! And, I am definitely adding some more of these. I had the same goal for the year! I felt a little silly when I feel like everyone on Good Reads has a goal of like 38 or something absurd. lol Life is so busy! 12 seemed more manageable.

    • 7.5.19
      Rachel said:

      Yes! I agree! I’m currently starting my second book of July and I’m psyched to be “ahead” in my goals! I can’t even imagine reading 40 books in one year! NUTS.

  6. 6.20.19
    Emily said:

    I love this post! These books sound amazing, I must read Where’d You Go, Bernadette! And congrats on doing so well with your new years goal! You’ve definitely inspired me to start reading more books.

    Emily
    https://itsemilystephens.weebly.com/

    • 7.5.19
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Emily! I just finished Where’d You Go, Benadette the other day and I highly recommend it!

  7. 6.20.19
    Kileen said:

    The Woman in the Window sounds like such an interesting read! Definitely need to pick it up this Summer!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    • 7.5.19
      Rachel said:

      It’s so good and even though it’s a pretty big book, it’s a quick read!

  8. 6.21.19
    Stephanie said:

    I have three of these on my to-read list once I finish all the Crazy Rich Asians books! They sound so great and I’m such a bookworm. I’m loving branching out of my normal genre and trying new books!

    • 7.5.19
      Rachel said:

      I saw Crazy Rich Asians but I’m still dying to read the book!

  9. 6.21.19
    Nailil said:

    These seem like great titles! I ought to pick up a book to read this summer!

    Xx, Nailil
    thirtyminusone.com

    • 7.5.19
      Rachel said:

      They’re all really good!

  10. 6.21.19

    All of them are either on my list I have already read them. Great list!

    ❥ tanvii.com

    • 7.5.19
      Rachel said:

      Love it!

  11. 6.23.19
    Kate said:

    I really want to read Lilac Girls! It looks so good – especially considering one of the women in it was a real person!

    • 7.5.19
      Rachel said:

      It is SO good and Lost Roses is amazing, too!

  12. 6.24.19

    So many different amazing books. I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like but maybe that’ll change soon!

    • 7.5.19
      Rachel said:

      You should! Reading is the best!!

  13. 6.24.19
    Madison Fichtl said:

    I need to read A Woman In The Window! It will be the perfect book for my travels this week!

    xo,
    Madison | Madison-Fichtl.com

    • 7.5.19
      Rachel said:

      It’s SO good!

  14. 6.24.19
    Kristina said:

    Currently reading the woman in the window- just over halfway through and it’s good but thought it started out kind of slow. Does it get better??

    • 7.5.19
      Rachel said:

      Yes!! The middle-end is the best part!

  15. 6.27.19

    The Woman in the WIndow always comes up on my reading list. I really should just get it already, lol. The next book on my list is Recursion by Blake Crouch.

    http://www.ohtobeamuse.com

    • 7.5.19
      Rachel said:

      It was so good! I’ll have to check out Recursion!

  16. 9.13.19
    Alyssa said:

    I just posted everything I read this summer! I didn’t love “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” https://www.feathersandstripes.com/everything-i-read-this-summer/