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Share the Love: What I’m Reading

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It has been a while since I shared what I’m reading and with summer here I thought now would be a good time to share! The upside to quarantine has been having more time at home to read and I’ve definitely been taking advantage of it. I set a goal at the beginning of the year to read 52 books in 2020 and I think I just might do it! If you have any book recommendations for me, drop them in the comments below. 🙂

1. Untamed

There is a voice of longing inside each woman. We strive so mightily to be good: good partners, daughters, mothers, employees, and friends. We hope all this striving will make us feel alive. Instead, it leaves us feeling weary, stuck, overwhelmed, and underwhelmed. We look at our lives and wonder: Wasn’t it all supposed to be more beautiful than this? We quickly silence that question, telling ourselves to be grateful, hiding our discontent—even from ourselves. For many years, Glennon Doyle denied her own discontent. Then, while speaking at a conference, she looked at a woman across the room and fell instantly in love. Three words flooded her mind: There She Is. At first, Glennon assumed these words came to her from on high. But she soon realized they had come to her from within. This was her own voice—the one she had buried beneath decades of numbing addictions, cultural conditioning, and institutional allegiances. This was the voice of the girl she had been before the world told her who to be. Glennon decided to quit abandoning herself and to instead abandon the world’s expectations of her. She quit being good so she could be free. She quit pleasing and started living.

If you’ve been reading my blog since the beginning you know how much I love Glennon Doyle. She is my favorite author of all time and I have been wishing and hoping for a new book from her and it is finally here! This book should be on the summer reading list of every woman in the world. This book reminds you that life isn’t about what the world wants you to be, that’s not why we are put here. We are put here on this earth to pursue what sets our soul on fire. I can not recommend this enough!

2. Daisy Jones and the Six

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ’n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road. Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend. The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.

This book was excellent. We all know I am obsessed with the 1970’s, particularly the music world at that time. Although this is fiction, it really captures the feel of the music industry in LA during that time period. Although I was not there, I desperately wish I was and this book brought me that much closer! This would be a great summer beach read.

3. Anna K: A Love Story

At seventeen, Anna K is at the top of Manhattan and Greenwich society (even if she prefers the company of her horses and dogs); she has the perfect (if perfectly boring) boyfriend, Alexander W.; and she has always made her Korean-American father proud (even if he can be a little controlling). Meanwhile, Anna’s brother, Steven, and his girlfriend, Lolly, are trying to weather an sexting scandal; Lolly’s little sister, Kimmie, is struggling to recalibrate to normal life after an injury derails her ice dancing career; and Steven’s best friend, Dustin, is madly (and one-sidedly) in love with Kimmie. As her friends struggle with the pitfalls of ordinary teenage life, Anna always seems to be able to sail gracefully above it all. That is…until the night she meets Alexia “Count” Vronsky at Grand Central. A notorious playboy who has bounced around boarding schools and who lives for his own pleasure, Alexia is everything Anna is not. But he has never been in love until he meets Anna, and maybe she hasn’t, either. As Alexia and Anna are pulled irresistibly together, she has to decide how much of her life she is willing to let go for the chance to be with him. And when a shocking revelation threatens to shatter their relationship, she is forced to question if she has ever known herself at all.  Dazzlingly opulent and emotionally riveting, Anna K: A Love Story is a brilliant reimagining of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless love story, Anna Karenina―but above all, it is a novel about the dizzying, glorious, heart-stopping experience of first love and first heartbreak.

At the beginning of 2020 I signed up for Book of the Month which is a book subscription service. They offer a selection of titles each month to choose from and you receive a hardcover copy at a great price. That is how I found this book. It was described as a fun drama reminiscent of the tv show Gossip Girl. I figured I would give it a try and I really enjoyed it. It was interesting and I flew through it because I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. The characters were beautifully developed and I got totally sucked into the storyline. This would be another great beach read.

4. The Silent Patient

Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations―a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….

If you’ve read my book reviews before you know I love a good thriller, especially one with a crazy twist. Since I’ve read so many crazy thrillers before it takes a lot to shock me with a twist ending, but this one did it. This is so well written and I loved following along as the story progressed. I kept thinking I had it figured out, but I was so wrong! This has been my favorite thriller of the year so far.

5. Little Fires Everywhere

From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned—from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren—an enigmatic artist and single mother—who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town—and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides.  Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.  Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood—and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

Every time a book is selected for Reese’s book club I know it is going to be a good one. I wanted to read this one before the tv show came out because I find it difficult to go back and read a book after I have already watched the show.

I enjoyed this book and I think everyone should read it. There is so much depth to it and it tackles some tough topics that need to be discussed. I will say, the ending of the book let me down a bit. I was expecting… more. The upside is the tv show, in my opinion, wrapped the ending up beautifully. I recommend both reading the book and watching the show to enjoy the full story.

6. Where the Crawdads Sing

For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life–until the unthinkable happens. Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

I have been hearing about this book for months and finally had the opportunity to read it last week. I wasn’t sure it could live up to the hype but wow did it ever! This book has so many interesting facets to it, it is like reading two books at once. Although the murder mystery element was intriguing, I really enjoyed Kya’s coming of age story. Her life was so heartbreaking yet her survival against the odds was extremely inspiring. This is absolutely a must read.

Those are my favorites for now, I’ll be back at the end of the year with my final recap. If you check out any of the books above, send me a message and let me know what you think!



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