The title of today’s challenge is the books in my to read list, but a more accurate one would be which books are not in my to read list! According to my Goodreads account, I have over 100 books on my to read list! That is a lot of books! Instead of trying to list them all, I want to talk about a few of the books I am looking forward to reading this summer!
Room by Emma Donoghue
Room is the story of Jack, Ma, and the Room they live in. I didn’t hear about the book until the movie starring Brie Larson was released but was immediately fascinated by the story when I heard of it. Growing up I avoided emotional stories like this. Now I am ready to dive into the story!
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Nightingale is the about two sister’s separate journeys during World War II. It’s the newest book on this list since it was first published in 2015 but it is the one I have heard a lot about! I have read many reviews online but became really interested when one of my friends recommended it. I’m also drawn to the story of sisters. I myself have an older sister and we have a very strong bond, so I am very excited to learn about these sister’s paths and the relationship they share.
The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
The Paris Wife is based on Hadley Richardson, Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, and her time with him in Paris. Although it was published in 2011, I didn’t hear about it until I went to the Ernest Hemingway House over this last spring break. After learning about Hemingway and his many wives, this book seemed like a must read!
What books are in your to read list? What are you looking forward to reading this summer? Please share, and let’s explore the world of books!
Happy (Belated) World Book Day! Even though every day should be book day, I didn’t realize there was an official day dedicated to celebrating books and reading! To me this is very exciting, and I would like to celebrate by celebrating what I’ve read, what I am reading, and what I hope to read soon!
One of my favorite books of all time is To Kill A Mockingbird. I didn’t read it until I was in high school, but I have read it multiple times since and have also purchased a copy in Spanish to help me learn the language! There are so many things to love about this book. I love Scout’s spunk and every time I read the book I relate to her character in a new way. I relate to her growing pains the most: figuring out right from wrong, what kindness is, what unfairness is. It’s all these lessons that make this story so easy to come back to again and again.
I also read Hidden Figures earlier this year, and it was such an amazing story! I had the chance to meet the author and understand how she was inspired to write her book. She grew up in the town where the story takes place, and also grew up knowing the women she wrote about! She also takes a very holistic approach to the history in the book. It is not only black history. It is not only women’s history. It is not only the history of aerospace engineering. It is all three, and much much more.
The next book I am excited to read is A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway. I would have never imagined reading this book if it weren’t for the fact that I had the chance to visit the Ernest Hemingway House in Key West, Florida. There I had the chance to learn about Hemingway’s life, and specifically what influenced him to write A Farewell To Arms. As a young man he served the Red Cross in World War I, and eventually was seriously injured. During his time in a hospital he fell in love with, and had his heart broken, by a nurse that took care of him. One of the many stories loosely based on his life, the book is a dramatic story of love and war that I am excited to dive into.
What are your favorite books? Have you read anything interesting lately? Now? Is there anything you want to read or recommend? As we explore the world of books, I want to share on of my favorite book quotes with you…
“The book to read is not the one that thinks for you, but the one which makes you think.” – Harper Lee