Recent Reads

Books ReadI’ve always been a huge reader.  When I was younger, I would read all the time.  I actually read through every single historical fiction (my favorite genre) book in the entire elementary school library, and all of the appropriate historical fiction books from the middle/high school library by the time I reached 5th grade (my librarian was amazing and got some more books for me to read!).  Now that I’m older, I don’t read quite as often, but I still love it when I get the chance to do some reading.  I thought I’d share some books I’ve read recently.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed: You’ve probably seen the movie or at least eh previews.  I haven’t seen the movie yet, but would like to because I loved this book.  It’s a memoir about hiking the Pacific Coast Trail (PCT).

Eight Girls Taking Pictures by Whitney Otto: I’m not quite sure how to describe this book.  It had been on my want-to-read list for awhile and although I like it, it’s definitely not what I was expecting.  It’s about 8 different female photographers.  I was expecting it to interweave the various stories, but in reality, it’s more of a collection of shorter stories.  It is well-written and appears to be a very honest (sometimes brutally honest) look into what life was like for women in the past, and particularly women who were photographers.  I haven’t actually finished it, but I like it because it is almost-separate stories so I can read just a couple at a time.  It’s been hard for me to get through, but not because it isn’t good.  It’s just very deep and a bit troubling.

Between Friends by Debbie Macomber: I just read this one this past weekend and I loved it!  It’s a pretty quick read.  It tells the story of two lifelong friends and follows their lives and friendships from first grade to old age.  It’s sad and joyous and heartwarming.  The entire story is written through birth announcements, letters, documents, journal entries, and emails.  I really liked that in addition to telling the story of a lifelong friendship (of two women from very different backgrounds), it also tells the story of the history of the past 70 or so years.

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes: I liked this book, but it took me awhile to get through it.  It is very descriptive.  It’s about a woman (and her husband) who buys a villa in Tuscany and tells the story of how they fix it up and fall in love with Italy.

Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan: Okay, so this book is actually written for kids, but it’s a classic and I love it.  I’m pretty sure I’ve read it at least 4 or 5 times.  It tells the story of a Norwegian town that is invaded by the Germans during World War II and devises a way to get their gold past the Germans and to the United States for safe-keeping.  The children of the town load the gold up on their sleds and sled right past the guards.