recent reads

I know I am going to meet my goal of reading 30 books in 3 years, but whether or not I chronicle them all is another story! Here are some books I’ve read in the past few months (I’m not even putting in books about babies/pregnancy/childbirth, of which I have read a lot lately!). I’m going to be brief in my reviews of these as well.


We read this for book club. I was excited because I’ve loved Moriarty’s other books (Big Little Lies, The Husband’s Secret)– they are light page-turners that make great beach reads. What Alice Forgot is similar in that respect, although less believable and with a less than satisfying ending (in my opinion, but many book club friends disagreed!).


Another book club choice. I hadn’t read any of Atwood’s canon, and I guess this one was quite a deviation from her usual topics. However, I thought it was thought-provoking, a bit shocking, and great for a book club discussion. Many people did not like it, but I enjoyed the dystopian/post-apocalyptic feel.


One I’ve had on my list for a while. Doeer’s use of symbolism and figurative language created a beautifully crafted WWII tale, but at times it was a bit confusing for me. I may need to revisit this one to fully appreciate it.


Another WWII novel, focused on women during the Nazi occupation of France. One of my very favorite reads in the last 3 years, hands down. Well-crafted characters, amazing theme, beautiful writing. Highly recommend.


Another book club pick. Apparently the author received a huge advance for this book and it’s the first she’s ever written (and she’s in her 50s). Portrays a dysfunctional family as they figure out what to do when “The Nest” (family trust fund) is swept away from them. The switch in perspectives was a bit confusing and some of the side stories seemed unnecessary, but the overall theme and writing style were enjoyable.


A classic, and a beautiful read. Kundera makes some profound statements throughout this novel, and I wish I would have written some of them down! A bit sad at times and the Czech history/info about the Prague Spring was interesting but could be a little confusing with my lack of background knowledge on it.


Based on “The Age of Innocence” by Edith Wharton, which I have not read, but many criticize that it is basically the same story with a different setting. It was interesting to read about Jewish culture and the lives of the elite in London, but not a favorite.


.. so that’s 7 alone, so hopefully you believe me when I say I will definitely reach my goal! 🙂





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