2017 Monthly Reads:
Glory over Everything, Kathleen Grissom
I didn’t think I could like a sequel more than the original, but I loved this book! It starts a little bit slow, but if you can make it through the first quarter, it gets really good (and picks up the pace). Grissom is so good at making you feel like her characters are friends.
Breaking Busy, Alli Worthington
The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
Anything, Jennie Allen
I struggled with the format of this book, and didn’t make it past the first few chapters.
Everyone Brave is Forgiven, Chris Cleave
This book is beautifully written but didn’t really hold my attention. I made it through about half before abandoning it, mostly because I felt like I was dreading getting into bed to read at night. I think part of the issue is that when I first heard about the book, it was compared to All the Light We Cannot See (which I loved so much it almost ruined reading for me because I couldn’t find anything I loved more after I was done). I think the comparison was unfair- yes, they are both set in WWII and beautifully written, but that is about the extent of their similarities. I kept expecting this book to be something it wasn’t, and then struggled with get in line with what it was actually trying to explore. I loved the different perspective on WWII, especially the way that Cleave tackles issues of race and social status, but ultimately did not feel particularly attached to the characters, and felt like the plot was lacking some nuance (and/or whatever nuance there was got lost in all of lofty and beautifully constructed sentences). Basically, it wasn’t for me- but I would still recommend it! Just don’t expect it to be All the Light We Cannot See II.
Better than Before, Gretchen Rubin
This is a book about habits- specifically using your personality to help you form healthy and lasting habits. I’m a big fan of Rubin’s books, and this one did not disappoint- I can’t stop recommending it to people! Full review coming soon.
Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty
Bringing up Bebe, Pamela Druckerman
The Paris Architect, Charles Belfoure
This book gave me nightmares (don’t tell Will, I had to finish it!). It’s the story of an architect in Nazi occupied Paris who is baited by a wealthy man to build hiding places for Jews in fancy apartments and homes around France. There is a lot of torture, and to be honest, the story telling is a bit clumsy. I’m more of a show not tell reader, so maybe this wouldn’t have bothered other people, but I could have used some nuance. Overall, I enjoyed the book, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it.
French Women Don’t Get Fat, Mireille Guiliano
The Forgotten Garden, Kate Morton
Flight of Dreams, Ariel Lawhon
The Distant Hours, Kate Morton
The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Living Happy, Meik Wiking
Simplicity Parenting, Kim Payne