Here’s my 2018 list of recommended books to read. As usual, I’ve included books that are perfect for beach reading, books that will make you stop and think, some are full of suspense, and others make you laugh. I’ve included both fiction and non-fiction. But first I’m wondering if you’re familiar with BookBub? I signed up for it ages ago and love it. You fill out a short survey and then everyday I receive an email from them telling me of ebooks I might like that are available for a phenomenal price. Usually they’re on sale for a limited time for only $1.99 or $2.99, and sometimes they even have free ones for you to “purchase”.
Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while. ~Malorie Blackman
My 2018 List of Recommended Books to Read:
I’m currently reading These is my Words by Nancy E. Turner. The author basis the book on her great-grandmother’s diary, but brings it to life and action. It takes place in the 1880’s and is filled with Indian fighting, bad guys, a loveless marriage and then finding true love. You’re literally transported back in time to live the life of a pioneer woman whose life is anything but dull. It’s a fantastic read!
I purchased The Orphan’s Tale through Bookbub for a low price and figured I had nothing to lose in reading it. It turned out to be a really great book and I’m happy to have read it. It’s basically about two women, Noa and Astrid. Noa is kicked out of her family’s house when she’s only 16 for being pregnant. Long story short, her own baby is taken away and she ends up taking refuge with a circus in Germany after stealing a Jewish baby that was headed to a concentration camp. Astrid has to teach Noa how to trapeze with her. It’s about rivals, friends and betrayal and it takes place in Germany during the war.
I can’t begin to tell you how great Beneath A Scarlet Sky is! In fact, it’s even being made into a motion picture. This is a historical fiction novel that the author, Mark Sullivan, even interviews the main character in the book, as well as additional research, to make sure all the information he writes about is true. It’s basically about a teenage boy in Italy and how he ends up a real hero during WWII. You will enjoy reading this book!
Once we were on our cruise ship, I eventually made it to their library to see if I could find Lilac Girls, which fortunately I did! It’s basically about three women, one a New York socialite, a young teenager living in Poland, and a young female German doctor who takes a new position to work for the Nazi’s, and how their lives collide. It was as good as I thought it would be; and let’s just say I was a bit surprised towards the end of this book.
I know The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is an older book (2009), but if you haven’t already read it, I’m recommending that you should. The book itself is written through correspondent exchange letters and takes place about a year after the end of WWII. But in many of the letters, we learn what was going on during the war when Germany took over the island and how the literary society got it’s name. It’s laugh out loud and sad at the same time. You will enjoy it and I think it’s a great summer read!
I know what you’re probably thinking when you read the title, The Boys in the Boat, but after reading it myself, I now know why it has a five-star rating! Even I wondered how this story could be so good to get that rating when it’s about how a rowing team won the gold medal in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. But it takes place during the depression and the author, Daniel James Brown (who wrote Unbroken), does a fantastic job with his research on all the true life characters who make up this true, non-fiction story!
Did you ever see the movie named Hawaii? It’s about the first missioneries who go to Hawaii and it was a great movie. So when I saw I could buy the book, Hawaii for less than $3, I just had to read it. That’s when I discovered the movie I saw was based on just one of many chapters in this almost 1000 page book! Yes, it’s a huge book, but I never let that deter me if it’s a great read. I will admit that the first chapter was slow and boring for me because it goes into how the islands were formed. But from there, it goes back to the first people who go to Hawaii, how there came to be many Asians living on the islands, and continues on beyond the attack of Pearl Harbor. You’ll be introduced to characters from far away places and wonder how this ties into the book Hawaii, but Michener has a way with writing books and in the end, everything comes together. Everyone I’ve met who’ve read this book, loved it as much as I did!
If you love psychological thrillers, then you’ll love reading After Anna, a book about a girl who goes missing outside her school. It’s written by British author, Alex Lake, and the story takes place in England. It will keep you on the edge of your seat right from the beginning. But the real nightmare begins once her daughter returns home with no memory of where she was.
Everything We Keep is a romantic suspense read about a woman who attends the funeral of her fiancé on the day she was to walk down the aisle to marry him. This is a perfect page turner for summer which is about secrets and telling lies and falling in love.
The Shoemaker’s Wife is a multigenerational story that spans two continents, two world wars and two lover’s who find each other again. A great family saga!
The following books are currently on my summer to-read list:
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