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Recent Reads & Library Hold List

I figured, one book per month would be reasonable, right? Well, fast forward to May and I had read… 1. In fairness, it was a long one, but I had some catching up to do. We were heading off on our honeymoon and I really wanted to have some lay-on-the-beach-and-read time, but I didn’t want to lug a whole pile of books. Brand new hubs to the rescue! Jan bought me a Kindle, which meant I could bring as many books as I want, and add more as I finished them!

When we got home, I doubled down on another goal for this year- taking the bus or cycling to and from work (instead of driving). Turns out reading on my commute is a lot more fun than sitting in traffic anyway.

Now that we’re not planning a wedding and I’m reading every day, I’ve blown through a surprising number of books! Here are a couple I’ve loved, and a few I have on hold at the library that I can’t wait to read.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith I loved this coming of age story about Francie Nolan, a little girl, then teen, then young woman growing up in Brooklyn in the early 1900’s. It has the best combination of easy-to-read story and amazing observations that just hit you right in the heart, like “There are very few bad people. There are just a lot of people that are unlucky”.

The Huntress by Kate Quinn This book was can’t-put-it-down-even-though-it’s-2-AM good. I had read another of Kate’s historical fiction novels (The Alice Network) last year, and it set such a high standard I knew this one would be good, too. If you like strong female characters, run to get either (both!) of these books. Aside- I hear The Tattooist of Auschwitz has a similar vibe. Anyone read it?

This is How it Always Is by Laurie Frankel Told from the point of view of parents, this book gave me many “omg parenting sounds hard” moments combined with “family really can get you through anything” feels. I laughed, I cried, I read it in two days.

On hold: When You Read This, The Map of Salt and Stars, Digital Minimalism.

xo
Alyssa

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