A little unknown fact, unless you really know me, is that I absolutely LOVE to read. It is one of my favorite pastimes, and thankfully, I am a very fast reader. I have gotten through a ton of books already this year, and wanted to share some of my top favorites and do a mini book recommendations 2019 with you all.
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Book Recommendations 2019
Lilac Girls– If you loved “The Nightingale” I think you will really enjoy this story! It is the story of three different women living during the time when Hitler invades Poland; Caroline, who lives in America, Kasia, a polish teen, and Herta, a German doctor. Their lives eventually end up intertwined in this realistic and heart-griping story that was inspired by actual events.
This was a really fast and enjoyable read for me. I finished it in a matter of days, and the story was just so griping! I did not want it to end. 5/5 recommend
Deja– If you like fictional stories with some fantasy, time travel, young romance, and some suspense, this book is one that you will want to read all at once. It is easy to get caught up in the story, and anxiously await the next twist and turn that the characters will experience, namely Garren, as he navigates early adult life for the second time. I was invested in how the story was going to end, although I do wish it was a little bit longer as I would have liked to get to know the characters in just a smidge more detail. This book is by Michael Gunter, a local writer here in Richmond. 4/5 recommend
Educated: A Memoir – This is the story of Tara Westover, who started her education formally at the age of 17 but went on to earn her PhD. She grew up in Idaho, in a Mormon survivalist family. It really goes through the ups and downs of her life, through family dynamics, new horizons, abuse and several other defining moments.
I really enjoyed this book, and the fact that it was based on a true story, although this factor also made it a lot more emotional because of some of the things she went through. While it was an easier read, some of the things that happened in the story made me cringe, so I spaced out the reading time on this one. 4/5 recommend
The Tattooist of Auschwitz– This is a love story based off of interview with a Holocaust survivor. He tells the story of his time in Auschwitz, how he became a tattooist to the other prisoners during that time, and how he found the love of his life through that time as well.
This book was beautifully written, and the story of the trials that this man (and so many others) endured during this time is truly inspirational. 5/5 recommend
Beneath The Scarlet Sky– This book tells the story of Pino, an Italian boy growing up during the time of Hilter’s invasions. From going to help Jews in the Underground Railroad, to working closely for Hitler himself, it is an exciting book filled with history, suspense, and some love.
This book is slightly longer than the other ones, making it a little lengthier of a read, but worth it in my opinion! It is my most recent read, and I really enjoyed the story and I think the book was written true to the times. 4/5 recommend
The Tuscan Child– In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal. His daughter, Joanna, goes to find out and understand her father’s history and finds things that may be better left buried.
This is a wonderful drama about finding yourself, finding out things about your family, and dealing with the emotional struggles that loss brings. 4/5 recommend
Where The Crawdads Sing– This is the story of Kya, a young girl who grows up in the marshes of North Carolina. It is her coming of age story, combined with a murder-mystery and a wonderful love story.
This is my favorite book I have read in a long time. I absolutely love the story line. It gives the lesson that even those who get judged so harshly, or endure the hardest things in life, can survive and come out of it with a beautiful life. It was an easy read for me, and I finished it in two days. 5/5 recommend
*Here’s to finding new books to plow through, and the amazing authors who wrote them*