What I’ve read this year so far

Are you finding that you have a little extra time on your hands with all that’s happening in the world right now? Why not pick up a book you’ve been meaning to read? Or maybe you clicked on this blogpost because you need some reading recommendations? Hope this list inspires you!

1. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

If you’ve been reading my reading blogposts lately you would know that I had been going through a bit of a reading slump. Spoiler alert I’m back on my reading grind and I give all credit to this book. Reading it felt like I was reading a book written in the 1920s. If you like The Great Gatsby, you will definitely love this one.

Synopsis: The first novel by Amor Towles chronicles a transitional year in the life of a young woman in Manhattan. Katey Content narrates her own journey through the year 1938, from the future perspective of 1966, after she runs upon photographs of a man named Tinker Grey.

2. All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue

I read this on the flight to New Zealand. It was an easy read and a bit of a chic-lit. It was entertaining enough, something light-hearted and a bit of a guilty pleasure.

Synopsis: Set among the sunsets and dunes, the story of how three former best friends, their lives rapidly unraveling, are reunited at the beach town of their past — where the ambience of summer encourages them to explore new experiences they would never otherwise attempt.

3. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

I read this book in 2 days. I couldn’t put it down and when I did I suffered from withdrawals. I’m also not a dramatic person. But this book had me thinking about it for days after I finished it. If you’re in a reading slump, this is a good book to read. You will be lured in right from the beginning.

Synopsis: The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband — and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive. Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect.

4. Educated by Tara Westover

Looking back on middle school and high school, some of the worst years of my life, I would never do it again. But I think after reading this book I came to appreciate those years a little bit more. Those years are so important to our growth into adulthood. I hadn’t realized how much of an impact those years have made on me until I read this book.

Synopsis: A memoir that describes the struggle of a young girl who escapes from violence and an emotional prison. It is a conflicting story of fierce family loyalty as well as that of the intense sorrow that arises from the division of one’s closest ties.

5. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

This book was a mix of adventure, romance, and mystery. I read this right after reading Educated and it was in some ways similar with the domestic violence and the deprivation of education. Except in this book it’s interesting to observe how Kya learns about life from the animals around her and how it’s disconnected her from the outside world.

Synopsis: The book follows the ups and downs of Kya’s life, a wild and unkempt girl. She lives a lonely life, but her story is a hopeful one as well. With a little help, she’s able to survive and even learn to read.

6. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

After reading a second book by Amor Towles I am convinced that his books will become classics in years to come. I fell in love with this book and its feel of 17th century writing style. The book references classical music and literature and how political affairs during the time period impacted the arts. Please read this very inspiring novel.

Synopsis: The novel’s plot is is set in the beginning of the 20th century Russian Empire and follows the story of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov and his life in the Hotel Metropol where he has been under house arrest for 32 years. This is a story of survival and uncertainty in dire times.

7. Anne of Great Gables by L.M. Montgomery

When I started this book I adored it! But after a while I think I started getting bored of the plot that seemed to repeat itself in every chapter. I understand this is a children’s novel but as a classic I think I expected too much from it. It’s taken me weeks to finish it and it’s not a long book at all. I just needed a break from it every once in a while. Cute book for kids though.

Synopsis: Anne is mistakenly delivered to an older couple looking to adopt a boy to work on their farm in Avonlea on Prince Edward Island. After the couple meets Anne, they decide to keep her despite her not being of the appropriate gender.

I’m always reading multiples books at one time but these are the ones I have most recently finished. What books have you been loving? Follow me on Goodreads and let me know what your recommendations are in the comments!


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