As many of you already know one of my favorite past times is to spend time lost in a good book.
When I first began blogging I had every intention of posting a weekly book review . . .
Jokes on me for that high hopes, but what I can do is give you a seasonal update and book review on what I have read.
Since fall is quickly coming to an end here’s what I’ve been reading this season.
‘A Man Called Ove’ by Fredrik Backman
I would give this a 4 star. It’s a purely delightful read, full of heart and soul. It will have you laughing one minute and crying the next. You will easily be able to find yourself in at least one of the characters which makes this book’s humanity that much stronger. Be ready to fall head over heels in love with Ove and the best part . . . after you read this sweet enduring story treat yourself to the movie, it will be two of the best hours you’ve spent in a long time.
‘The Velvet Hours’ by Alyson Richmon
I would give this on a 4 star. If you enjoy historical fiction, art history, fashion, and layers of family drama then this book is a must read for you. The two main characters are a young adult and a grandmother who meet weekly and then daily where the grandmother is sharing her life story. And let me tell you, she has quite the story to share. This is one that will stay on my book shelf waiting to share with my own granddaughter(s) one day.
‘Queen of Tearling’ by Erika Johansen
This one I’m only giving 3 stars mainly because it just wasn’t my cup of tea. And I really wanted to enjoy it. The genre is more of a fantasy, which isn’t my usual kind of read, and that’s the reason I wanted to enjoy it, just so I could tell myself I could enjoy fantasy (which once in a while I do). It’s a good book and the writing is exceptional, it just wasn’t my kind of style. The great aspect of this book and one I highly recommend is the main character who happens to be this super strong woman who has an incredible love of reading. When she comes to power, its not beauty that gets her there, its her brains and her love of reading. this alone makes this book well worth reading.
‘My Name is Mary Sutter’ by Robin Oliveira
I’m giving this 4 1/2 stars. It’s one of the best historical fictions I’ve read in a long time. Once again the main character is a very strong willed, smart woman (apparently I was on a strong woman kick this season). The research Oliveira did for this book is amazing. Mary Sutters, the main character is determined to become a doctor in a conservative and male dominated field. Her determination, sacrifice, and human soul will have you falling in love with this woman and cheering her on throughout the entire book. You will walk away a better person after reading thi’Ageless the naked truth about biodentical hormones’ by Suzanne Somers
I’m not going to rate this with stars because its a self help kind of book and I will be truly honest, its the first of this kind I’ve ever put my hands on. A dear friend of mine read this and put it into my hands knowing we were the same age and going through the same issues of life. I’m one of those crazy women who don’t believe in taking medications and have that philosophy of “I can do this by myself” kind of attitude. After all, my own mother did it by herself. Well, I found this book talking my kind of language. Suzanne Somers gives some extraordinary advice on how to feel better, actually great at this time in my life and a lot of it is without the help of pills. For the first time ever I bought some vitamins, yea the simple fish oils and vitamin D and my sleepless nights have improved and my energy is feeling (almost) back to normal.
‘Misching’ by Affinity Konar
My 5 star book of the season. At first I hesitated buying this novel because its based on a harrowing experience, two twins that were sent to Auschwitz and became part of an experiement. It’s another historical fiction but more historical than fiction. I thought it would be a terribly sad and depressing kind of read, but let me tell you, it’s far from that. Although the facts are truly sad and heart wrenching, this story will touch your soul like no other. You will learn what love of family really means, you will learn what humanity is all about, you will read about evil and you will read about the good all in the same book. When you finish, you will be a different person and this book will be forever ingrained in your soul.
‘My Antonia’ by Willa Cather
How can I rate Willa Cather??? She’s a classic and most classics deserve 5 stars. I decided to revisit this sweet novel after many many years because the first time I read this book, it was an assignment and I can’t say I loved it. This time, well now I know why it’s a classic. But if you happen to be a Willa Cather fan, her short stories are a must read. And there’s a new Children book out this month titled ‘Willa’ The story of Willa Cather, an American Writer’ by Amy Ehrlich.
There you are my friends, some helpful ways to use your free time. I do have three novels sitting on my nightstand but I still need a few more for my winter season and would love to hear what you’ve read or are planning to read.