If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.- Oscar Wilde
As a former English Lit major, I’m always on the hunt for a great read. And with the blustery month (well, blustery for most of us in the North) of March here, there really is no better time to curl up with a good book. Those of you lucky ducks who are headed on Spring break will also need a great read or two for the beach.
There is so much great fiction to choose from right now that I’m actually having a hard time deciding what to read next! I’ve rounded up some of the latest titles that I’ve read along with some new discoveries that are still on my list. Happy reading!
Row One: Doll Baby… If you loved The Help, you’ll adore this book! I just finished it and literally couldn’t put it down. It’s a coming-of-age story that follows the journey of a young Ibby Bell who is dropped off, indefinitely, at her eccentric grandmother’s home in New Orleans after her father’s death. What follows for Ibby is an indoctrination into the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Fannie’s cook Queenie and her daughter Dollbaby take Ibby under their wing and show her what it means to be part of a family. // Ruth’s Journey… I have a definite obsession with Gone With the Wind, so I was thrilled to discover this one because it’s the first-ever prequel to Margaret Mitchell’s original novel. It tells the story of Mammy, one of the book’s most beloved characters. It’s full of amazing historical detail and covers every aspect of Mammy’s life, starting from the time she was abandoned in the Caribbean. An incredible book! // The Perfume Collector… My mom is reading this right now and loves it! It tells the story of a young woman, Grace Monroe, living in 1950s London. She is an unhappy newlywed when she receives a mysterious inheritance from a woman she’s never met named Madame Eva d’Orsey. Grace sets out to reveal her identity and discovers that she was a muse to a famed Paris perfumer.
Row Two: All the Light We Cannot See…I’m so excited to buy this one! It’s set in the French seaside village of Saint-Malo and tells the story of a young, blind French girl, Marie-Laure, and a young, German boy, Werner. One day their paths cross and everything changes. // The Nightingale…This is another one set in WWII France-are we sensing a theme here? It tells the women’s side of the war through the eyes of two sisters, Vianne and Isabelle. It celebrates the human spirit and the strength of women. // A Spool of Blue Thread… Written by Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler, A Spool of Blue Thread tells the story of an ordinary family, the Whitshanks, through the generations. Although the family appears perfect from the outside, the Whitshanks, like all families, have their secrets and complexities. No one’s family is perfect, right?
Row Three: The Boston Girl…This novel tells the story of Addie Baum who was born into an immigrant family in 1900. She grows up in the North End of Boston and begins to lead a life that her parents never thought possible. She dreams of college and finding true love. Fast forward seventy years and Addie is telling the story of her life to her young granddaughter. Sounds like an amazing read! // The Secrets of Midwives… This is a heartwarming story about three generations of midwives. It highlights the relationships between mothers and daughters and the secrets they sometimes keep. // The Girl on the Train…I’m normally not one for psychological thrillers but I have to admit that this one sounds irresistible. It tells the story of Rachel who takes the a commuter train every morning and always sees the same couple having breakfast on their deck. One day she sees something shocking happen and goes to the police. She becomes entwined in the case. I know I have to give this thriller a try!
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